At their most recent meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 2, Lincolnton City Council members unanimously approved putting in place a voluntary incentive program for COVID vaccination. Under this incentive program, full-time employees would receive $500 and part-time $250. The money for this program would come from funds received from the American Rescue Plan. This program will run through Oct. 29, 2021 and will only cover those employees are fully vaccinated. Employees must also agree to receive any subsequent booster shots that may be required by the vaccine’s manufacturer within a period of 12 months from the date of full vaccination. 

Councilmembers also discussed the potential of having to put a mask mandate back in place for city employees.

Two incentive grants were improved by council. The first was for building renovations to accommodate a wine bar/restaurant at 409 East Main Street from City Cellar. The second was for expansion of the Spantek manufacturing facility.

After discussion on the color of the brick for the townhomes, the application from Piedmont Companies Inc. requesting the rezoning of 0.75 Acres of land from Central Business District to the Traditional Infill Development District was approved. The applicant is proposing to construct eight townhomes. The subject property consists of two lots, one located at 119 East Pine Street and the second on the west side of North Academy Street approximately 90 feet North of the intersection of East Pine Street and North Academy Street.

Councilmembers approved the application from Brandy White requesting a conditional district rezoning of 0.54 acres from the Planned Business District to the General Business (Conditional District) GB for the purpose of opening an auto sales lot. The subject property is located at 799 W. NC Highway 27.

The application from TrueCraft Properties, LLC requesting a conditional district rezoning of approximately 11 acres from the Residential-25 District to the General Business (Conditional District) for the purpose of constructing a new office building for a construction company was approved. The subject property is located on the south side of Bethel Church Road approximately 1,200 feet east of the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Maiden Highway.

A Resolution of Support Regarding the Courthouse Reuse Project was approved by councilmembers. The City of Lincolnton will be splitting the cost of services 50/50 for the UNC School of Government to provide pre-development services on the courthouse reuse project in the total amount of $79,700.

In other business, the week of Sept. 17 through 23, 2021 was proclaimed as Constitution Week.

Lincolnton Police Department Sgt. Isaiah Matthews was recognized for receiving his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.

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