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City Council to hear report on Hog Happenin’

Cameron Dempster and Dave Madonia, of Lincoln County, remove their chicken in preparation for turn-in at Hog Happenin’ in June.

Cameron Dempster and Dave Madonia, of Lincoln County, remove their chicken in preparation for turn-in at Hog Happenin’ in June.

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

Lincolnton’s City Council members will meet on Thursday to discuss the profits of the 2014 Hog Happenin’ event.
In his Monthly Activities Report, City Manager Jeff Emory discussed some of the highlights of the barbeque and motorcycle celebration.
“I have been told that DDA may be exploring options for a primary sponsor for next year’s Hog Happenin’,” he said. “I have spent the last couple of weeks visiting downtown merchants regarding Hog Happenin’, and for the most part the comments have been positive. The most negative thing I have heard is concern regarding the closing of city streets, but this applies to all downtown events.”
Emory said that most businesses reported either an increase in business the day of Hog Happenin’ or no change from a typical Saturday.
“No one has told me they felt their business was actually hurt by holding the event,” he wrote.
Downtown Development Association chair Brooke Sherrill will also speak on the event’s success and the association’s plans for the 2015 festival.
Council members will hold a public hearing regarding an application from the city Planning Department, regarding a request to amend the Lincolnton Unified Development Ordinance for General Manufacturing and Commercial District and site plan review requirements. Planning Director Laura Simmons will lead the discussion.
Police Chief Rodney Jordan will also speak with council members regarding the proposed amendment to the City’s Code of Ordinances to add a stop sign at the intersection of Linwood Drive and Battleground Road as well as “stop ahead” signage in the curve prior to the intersection.
Lincolnton’s City Council will meet at City Hall on June 10 at 7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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