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Commissioners to consider state grant money for emergency shelter



Staff Writer


The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider a recommendation to approve to agree and accept a $101,500 grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management for a Western Shelter Project at its meeting tonight.

The board is also being asked to approve the nomination of Bill Summers as the designated applicant’s agent for FEMA disaster assistance regarding flooding in late July.

If approved by FEMA, Lincoln County, fire departments and nonprofit agencies who responded during the severe storms, flooding and mudslide events would receive reimbursement for their efforts.

Lincoln County’s Planning Board will share its recommendations regarding two proposals from earlier this month. At its Nov. 4 public hearing, American Tower Corp and Francis Sutphin both submitted proposals to the board.

American Tower Corp proposed building a 240 foot telecommunications tower on Bill Sain Road, which the planning board approved 9-0.

Sutphin’s proposal was regarding opening the Reel Amethyst Mine on Timber Road to individuals other than solely members of the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association. Although the public expressed conflicting thoughts about this proposal, the county’s planning board decided to pass Sutphin’s proposed amendment with some minor changes.

The board will also hear a motion to increase their contract with Gilbert Engineering Company by $38,205.84 for the maintenance, safety and operational improvements at the water treatment plant. That would bring the total cost of the contract to $3,487,205.84.

Other items on tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting agenda include the Lincoln County Local Emergency Planning Committee’s Annual Report, County Manager’s report, County Commissioners’ report and the County Attorney’s report.

The meeting will be held at the Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.


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