LINCOLNTON, N.C. - City Clerk, Donna Flowers was honored for her 32 years of service at last night’s City Council meeting. Ms. Flowers will be retiring on November first, but she will not be going away. Mayor Hatley told those in attendance that Ms. Flowers will continue to work for the City as a part time employee.
The biggest amount of time at the meeting was hearing public comments at two public hearings on proposed changes to the Code of Ordinances. Both of these were related to causing disturbances at public events and festivals downtown.
Several citizens speaking at the hearings voiced their support of the changes which would stop event attendees from disrupting or interfering with businesses selling or operating under current laws. It would also include not harassing their customers.
Most of the comments against the revised ordinance came from the ubiquitous “street preachers” who accused the City of trying to deny them their First Amendment rights to free speech.
Here are a few of their comments:
Jeffrey Shook: “Is the First Amendment right or wrong? This is an attack against preaching the Word of God. You are voting for a Godless town. Voting to send this town straight to hell.”
Ronald Brock: “I go where evil attacks me. A cop who might be a sodomite decides who breaks the law.”
Alan Hoyle: “This whole thing (changing the ordinance) is about pushing drugs. The City is using tax money to push drugs in front of children.”
Ronald Broome: “This law is scaring the kids, not the preachers. It’s not my fault that people have the wrong Bible. The King James Version is the right Bible.”
Julie Horton: “The law is not against the message, it is against the methods that some people use.”
There were other things considered, including a Call to Public Hearing in November to review an Application for a Business Incentive Grant to Pete DeGregory for building renovations at 110 E. Water Street.
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