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5/2/2021 10:31:00 PM
Commissioners Will Decide to Keep or Sell UDC Hall
Catawba County Commissioners will also meet Monday evening (7 PM) in the meeting room on the 2nd Floor of the Catawba County Justice Center,100 Government Drive in  Newton.  One of the items on their agenda will be a request from Hickory City Schools to fund half the cost ($387,500) of replacing the natural turf with artificial turf on the Hickory High School football field.

Wayne Howard

A couple of public hearings will be an important part of Monday night's (May 3rd) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting. In one case, commissioners will consider a possible swap of two small parcels of land. Carrol and Wayne Mitchem have approached the County about swapping a .239 acre tract of land they own in exchange for a .220 acre tract of land owned by the County comprising a part of the West Lincoln Park. The swap would give the County's park access to a creek. In exchange, the Mitchems would pay 2021 taxes on both parcels. The Mitchems have paid for a survey of both properties. A County may exchange real property for other real property by private negotiation if the County receives a full and fair consideration in exchange. This exchange requires a public notice, which has been properly published, and a public hearing. Chairman Mitchem would be recused from the consideration of this matter.

The other item of special interest is a continuation of an earlier public hearing - to receive public input concerning the proposed sale of the county=owned building at 129 E. Pine Street to The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina. The historic building, most recently known as the home of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, was previously known as the Pleasant Retreat Academy. The County has rented the building to the UDC for many years for a dollar a year--with an agreement that the UDC would be responsible for upkeep of the building. It's in bad shape, and the UDC chapter doesn't have the funds necessary to restore it. If the County keeps the building, a substantial investment in restoration would be necessary. The Board has negotiated with PNC to take ownership. They could sell it to someone else, but it would have to be preserved as an historic building. The sale agreement would also assure that PNC would accept restrictive covenants and would work with the UDC Chapter renting the building.

One other quasi=judicial item is on the list of public hearings. It's a request from Mike Robbins for a special use permit to allow outdoor storage of landscaping materials on a 3.9-acre lot on the east side of NC16-business at Mundy Road.

Another public hearing involves both Commissioners and the Planning Board. It's a request from Ranger Island Associates to rezone 11 acres on Ranger Island Road, Mozelle Sherrill Drive and Ranger Island Marina Road from R-SF (ResidentialSingle Family) to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential) to permit 27 attached single-family units, either townhouses or condominiums, and three lots for single-family detached homes.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM in the Commissioners' meeting room at the Lincoln County Administration Building, 353 N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton.

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