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Commissioners may approve budget today

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

After two lengthy workshop sessions, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt the county’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year today.
At their last budget meeting, the board discussed proposed solid waste fees. If approved, the budget would go into effect on June 1.
Applicant John Bailey will learn the fate of his request for a conditional use permit to operate an outdoor recreation paintball play facility tonight.
The proposed 30-acre site is located in the transitional-residential district, on the east side of Old Plank Road at Mariposa Road in the Catawba Springs Township. At a June 2 meeting, the planning board voted 7-0 to recommend approval if the following four conditions were met: a tree/vegetation buffer shall be left between the paintball areas and the road, no clear cutting of trees shall be permitted, except where the paintball areas are located, a more detailed site plan shall be submitted as part of a building permit application and no parking shall be allowed in the road right of way.
Dr. Jermeliah Martin is scheduled to share a presentation on the Boys and Girls Club with commissioners. According to a document provided by County Manager Tracy Jackson, the board approved a lease with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gaston, Inc. last December for space at the Oaklawn School, contingent on the board approving the construction contract for the facility.
The 10-year lease, which would begin Jan. 15, 2015, covers the entire renovated portion of the school. According to Jackson, the facility will be used for operations of the newly created Lincoln County Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. The lease also requires the organization to set aside space for historical memorabilia of the Oaklawn School, make space available to the community during non-operational hours and maintain and make all repairs to the property.
Other items on the agenda include:
Approval of the list of engineering firm for use in seeking Utility Engineering Services proposals.
Approval of a construction contract for upgrades to the West Lincoln Booster Pump Station.
The Board of Commissioners will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Citizens Center.

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