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Council to make May proclamations

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

City Council members will meet Thursday to announce several proclamations for the month of May. Throughout the month of May, Lincolnton will celebrate Older Americans Month. According to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services website, the theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” In 2012, 756 older adults in North Carolina died as a result of an unintentional fall, and a total of 1,689 older adults died of an injury-related death. This month long celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and provides them with information to help them stay healthy and active. Other proclamations include National Nursing Home Week from May 11-17 and National Public Works Week from May 18-20.
A public hearing will be held regarding applicant Robert Lee Haynes, Jr.’s request for a conditional use rezoning of 0.83 acres of land from Residential-25 to Conditional Use Neighborhood Business. The applicant plans to construct a 2,400 square-foot office/storage building on the property. The subject property is comprised of two land parcels, located at the southwest corner of Huss Street and Skyway Lane.
City Council members will be honoring Joe Picard on his upcoming retirement from the Lincolnton Water Plant, and they will be honoring Johnny Sain on his retirement from the Equipment Services Department.
Downtown Development Association member Cathy David and Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth are asking City Council members to consider a contract between the city and DDA for the 2014 Wine Fest. Presently, the festival will be tentatively held on October 11. City Council members will also consider an amendment to the recently approved Alive After Five Series contract.
If approved, the request would switch the location from the west side of court square to the east side of the court square.
Other items on the agenda include a recreation department presentation by Director Ritchie Haynes and a presentation from Pat Ballard and Tammy Parker regarding speeding issues on Linwood Drive.
City Council members will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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