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9/20/2017 10:30:00 AM
The Park, The Clock & More
City Councilman Roby Jetton keeps thinking of ways to make Lincolnton even better
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Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


When he isn't arguing politics (and history) with Pudge Cornwell and me, Lincolnton City Councilman Roby Jetton busies himself thinking about how to make Lincolnton even better. 

The new First Federal Park will open this Saturday (Sept. 23rd) with a program from 10 until noon.  The park wasn't Jetton's idea.  Credit for that has to go in large part to former City Councilman Devin Rhyne and Asst. City Manager Richie Haynes, who was then the Parks and Recreation Director. It was Rhyne who unveiled the plans for a downtown park at a City Council meeting in January 2015.  

Like most everything else, the cost of the park was more than expected, so to help pay for it, sponsorship was sought, and First Federal Savings Bank agreed to kick in a substantial contribution for the naming rights.  The Timken Company also made a contribution to the project.  

The new park will provide a stop with rest rooms for those using the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail, and a splash pad will be a welcome summertime activity for kids.  

Rhyne also played an important part in another project that did originate with Jetton. Roby wanted to see the old clock that once hung on the First National Bank building at the corner of East Main and the Courtsquare restored. When he ran into some problems getting some of the work done, Rhyne stepped in to help, making arrangements for the groundwork preparations for the new clock location on a pedestal on the Courthouse lawn. That pedestal was put in place Wednesday. The clock will be added shortly, but only after insurance has been secured.  

Jetton reminisced on Facebook this week about the "good old days" and Halloween in downtown Lincolnton. Those who were around at the time will remember teenagers gathering downtown at Halloween, some walking down Main Street in costumes, others cruising in cars. Store windows got vandalized with soap, but it was washed off the next day.  

Jetton wants to bring some Halloween excitement to downtown Lincolnton and began discussions about how to do it.  

He also discussed with this reporter another idea that may or may not have merit.  He noticed another town had no stoplights in its downtown area. Jetton asked my opinion about changing the intersections at Academy, Poplar and Cedar streets to stop signs instead of traffic signals.  At this point, it's just a thought--but it's what Roby does, he thinks about things that might work to improve the town.

"I think we've finally got the parking situation worked out a lot better," he told us.  Recent changes kept the two-hour limit closest to the Courtsquare, but increased the time limit for parking in other areas and added more parking spaces on Sycamore and Water streets.




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