The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to pay from the county general funds account a sum not to exceed $65,000 for grading work where a proposed dog park is to be constructed in Rescue Squad Park in Denver. 

John Henry, the purchasing agent for the county, said that staff evaluated the location where the dog park is going to be constructed and found some issues where grading was not done during construction of Rescue Squad Park. Some of these areas pose a risk to people going to the park. The area is overgrown, Henry said when commissioner Carrol Mitchem asked why this wasnt brought to their attention when they approved construction of the dog park back in March. 

Its a safety issue and it needs to be done whether we put a dog park in or not,” Henry said. It really needs to be done sooner rather than later as well.

The amount of $43,000 has been raised by the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club to construct the dog park and funds for ongoing maintenance will be raised by the rotary club, according to an agreement between Lincoln County, the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club and the Lincoln Charter School, Inc. The county has no liability to maintain the dog park and staff employed by Lincoln Charter School will be tasked with maintaining the grounds of the park.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to approval the following planning board recommendations, all of which received full planning board approval.

A request from D Block Metals, LLC for a conditional use permit to process metals on an 11-acre parcel is located at 1808 Indian Creek Road.

A request by Darin Henley for a conditional use permit to host weddings and other events in an existing barn on a 7.1-acre site located at 4405-4461 Henry Dellinger Road.

A request by Lake Vision Development, LLC for a conditional use permit to develop a self-storage facility on a 2.6-acre site is located on the west side of N.C. 16 Business about 300 feet north of Commerce Drive in Catawba Springs Township.

A request by James Pirog to amend a conditional use permit for a kennel to allow the addition of a 2,400-square-foot building on a 1.3-acre parcel is located at 1587 North Highway 16 Business.

A request by David Turner to rezone a 1.6-acre parcel to permit vehicle sales and vehicle service. The property is located at 661 North Highway 18.

Several Lincoln County Schools athletic teams were recognized for making state championships this year including the West Lincoln High wrestling team, the North Lincoln High baseball team, the North Lincoln High Cross Country mens track and the North Lincoln High outdoor track team.

A proclamation was issued naming September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as well as one proclaiming September as American Legion Centennial Month in Lincoln County.


The board approved the funding under the Fiscal Year 2020 Home and Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults as well as the sale of approximately 12 acres of timber off property located along John Howell Memorial Drive.

Dean Ledbetter, an engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation provided a presentation on the State Transportation Improvement Prioritization and Programming Process.

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