|11/19/2013 12:26:00 AM|
Commissioners Approve No-Kill Program For Animal Control
"Both Carl (Robinson) and I own dogs from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter," said County Commission Chairman Alex Patton. After a brief presentation by William Edmiston of Denver, the Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to adopt the No Kill Equation program that means the County will be committed to saving 90% of all healthy and adoptable animals with help from volunteers of the MLCNK group.
Edmiston is one of three members of the steering committee for MLCNK. The others are Karen Banker, who stood next to Edmiston as he made his comments but did not speak at the meeting, and Jena Healy, who gave the movement is initial push and who drew special recognition by County Commissioner Jim Klein for her efforts.
The meeting room was packed with MLCNK supporters who wore orange shirts to show support for the effort. When Commissioners voted unanimously to approve moving to a no-kill program for Animal Control, they let out a loud cheer.
Lincoln becomes the first county in North Carolina to adopt the no-kill program that has been tried successfully at many locations across the country and is gaining acceptance by more cities and counties every year.
Edmiston told Commissioners the group already has volunteer pledges for over a thousand hours even before the program was adopted and he expects much more after its approval.
In other business, Commissioners approved a resolution offering tax incentives to an industrial prospect. Crystal Gettys of the Lincoln Economic Development Association told Commissioners there's no guarantee the medical supply company would choose Lincoln County, but the incentives would help LEDA in trying to secure the new business. Gettys said the company would potentially invest $18.7 million and would provide at least 20 new jobs at the county's average wage. The incentives approved would provide $82,500 each year for five years.
On a second vote, Commissioners approved a revised ordinance regulating special events and mass gatherings. The ordinance will require gatherings of over 300 people or which present various reasons for potential involvement by emergency personnel or law enforcement to go through a permit process. Only Commissioner Carroll Mitchem, who had voted 'no' the first time the ordinance was discussed in August, voted against approval.
Commissioners also approved two Planning Board recommendations--one for a permit to build a 240-ft cell phone tower off Bill Sain Road near Catsquare and the other to revise a permit for mining and camping at the old Reel Amethyst Mine near Iron Station.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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THANK YOU!!!! This is wonderful!!!!
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