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10/6/2017 9:58:00 AM
City To Consider Steps About Disturbances At Street Events
Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy noted that “in today’s environment of open carry and concealed carry (of weapons) things could get out of hand in a hurry.”(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)

Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy noted that
“in today’s environment of open
carry and concealed carry (of weapons)
things could get out of hand in a hurry.”

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)

Presentations at last night’s meeting included (from top to bottom) a retirement resolution to LPD Patrol Officer Kameron Keener and LFD Fire Engineer David Ford; a presentation of the Key to the City to the following Medal of Honor Recipients; Walter “Joe” Marm – Col US Army (Ret) and North Carolina native Robert Martin Patterson – CSM US Army (Ret).
Presentations at last night’s meeting included (from top to bottom) a retirement resolution to LPD Patrol Officer Kameron Keener and LFD Fire Engineer David Ford; a presentation of the Key to the City to the following Medal of Honor Recipients; Walter “Joe” Marm – Col US Army (Ret) and North Carolina native Robert Martin Patterson – CSM US Army (Ret).


Steve Payseur
Staff Writer


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Fred Jarrett, Chairman of the City’s Steering Committee proposed changes to Code of Ordinances to the Lincolnton City Council at Thursday’s City Council meeting. In giving background information to the Council, he explained that he had witnessed two specific times where tempers flared at the Alive After Five event. The Steering Committee was concerned that even a minor escalation could have resulted in an altercation.

The Council asked the Steering to investigate ways to mitigate the potential of that happening. After much discussion and research, the Committee presented its recommendation last night. It consisted of amending the City’s Code of Ordinances as follows. Proposed changes are in italics.

Chapter 130, Section 130.05 Special events and festivals.

Any conduct deemed to be disruptive or dangerous to participants or attendees of the special event. Abusive or threatening language that disrupts a special event or festival or that abuses or threatens another person in a manner likely to cause a fight or brawl at a special event or festival is prohibited. Noise Ord. 93.016(I) also applies.

Noise 93.016 Unnecessary Noise Prohibited Specifically

Any person or group of persons willfully making any loud, raucous, or disturbing sound that – because of its volume, duration and character – annoy, disturb, frighten, injure, or endanger the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the neighborhood or Central Business is prohibited.

In the discussion that followed the presentation, Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy noted that “in today’s environment of open carry and concealed carry (of weapons) things could get out of hand in a hurry.” He commended to Steering Committee for “focusing on the disturbance and safety issues rather than the content of the disturbance.”

Jarrett then added that the proposed changes were based upon recommended by the School of Government and also took into account recent rulings from the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

The Council then voted to schedule a Public Hearing on the matter at their December meeting where citizen input would be taken. 

In other business

Calls to Public Hearings for the November 2nd City Council Meeting

Application from William McDaniel requesting a conditional use permit to operate a Tavern in the Planned Business (PB) District. The subject property is located within the Lincolnton Plaza Shopping Center at 1565 North Aspen Street 

Application from HWP Realty, LLC requesting renewal of a conditional use permit, issued in 2015, to construct a pharmacy in the Planned Business (PB) and Special Highway Overlay (SHO) Districts. The subject property is located on the south side of East Main Street approximately 350 feet east of the intersection of East Main Street and U.S. Highway 321 

Application from Concord Properties requesting approval of a conditional use permit to construct a Restaurant in the Planned Business (PB) and Special Highway Overlay (SHO) Districts. The subject is located on the south side of East Main Street approximately 650 feet east of the intersection of East Main Street and U.S. Highway 321 

Application from Greg Houser requesting a conditional rezoning from R-25 to CU-NB District for the purpose of constructing a Dance Studio. The subject property is located on the east side of Startown Road approximately 750 feet north of the intersection of Startown Road and Reepsville Road 

Application from Carl Jenkins requesting a conditional use rezoning from R-8 to CU-RO District for the purpose of operating a Funeral Home. The subject property is located at 406 Battleground Road 

Presentations 

Presentation of retirement resolution to LPD – Patrol Officer Kameron Keener 

Presentation of retirement resolution to LFD – Fire Engineer David Ford 

Presentation of the Key to the City to the following Medal of Honor Recipients; Walter “Joe” Marm – Col US Army (Ret) And North Carolina native Robert Martin Patterson – CSM US Army (Ret) 

Presentation of Proclamation to Jon Henderson, Unit Commander of Mecklenburg County Young Marines USMC; Hunter Hullette Lincoln County Recruit - Proclaiming October 23 – 31, 2017 as Young Marines Red Ribbon Week 

Recognition of service – (Served on the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport Authority as City appointees until recent legislation changed the Authority’s make-up, ending their service): Fred Houser served from 2012 to 2017 and Leon Harmon served from 2013 to 2017 as City Appointees 

Proclamations 

Proclamation – Public Power Week – October 1st through 7th, 2017 

Proclamation – Dyslexia Awareness Month – October 2017 

With no further business, the City Council adjourned.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017
Article comment by: Charlotte Barden

I was shocked when I first moved here in 2006 to endure a street preacher approach me at the Post Office, at the Alive after Five event, at the 4th of July Parade, at the Apple Festival, and even on Voting day in front of the Citizens Center. They caused me to feel sick, angry, and forced me to get away from them. It prevented me from attending the events for several years. I started going back to events because I was a parks and recreation professional and I wanted to see the people who lived in Lincolnton and how the people behaved, and also how the city presents their events. I wanted to take my grandchildren with me. This year I saw the obnoxious men preaching in my face, the three vehicles decorated in outrageous, never appropriate anywhere pictures of miscarried babies, naked women, racial slurs, and images of everything that is offensive to me. These acts should be illegal. Because of it, I do not want to bring my grandchildren, or visitors, to the events held in Lincolnton. It is embarrassing for adults and dangerous for children. I surely hope the city and/or county will pass an ordinance against it. Also I want assurance that the police will take action when it is reported by citizens. Thank you for allowing me to comment. Charlotte Barden Lincolnton, N.C.



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