6/20/2022 9:35:00 PM Atkins Named Long Leaf Pine Winner
Wayne Howard Reporter
It was a fitting moment at the beginning of his last meeting with the Lincoln County Commissioners. At the beginning of Monday night's meeting, Commission Chairman Carrol Mitchem announced that County Manager Kelly Atkins had been named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Atkins has served Lincoln County government in various roles for 32 years, the last nine as County Manager. When he retires, Assistant County Manager Davin Madden, previously head of the Health Department, will assume the role of interim County Manager and will likely be named to the post in the near future.
Monday night's meeting saw Commissioners again table any final decision on one controversial residential housing development and ask for clarification on another before making a decision.
The application for a zoning change that would have allowed building a large apartment complex on Highway 27 west of Lincolnton was withdrawn before Monday night's meeting.
On the rezoning requests for two others, no final decision was reached. A proposal to build up to 66 homes just west of Lincoln Charter School on NC 182 had already been tabled until the August 1st meeting when the public hearing on that proposal will be reopened.
Commissioner Bud Cesena made a motion to reject a change tha5 would allow nearly doubling the number of townhomes in the Rivercross development near the NC 16-business and NC 73 intersection in eastern Lincoln County; but a substitute motion by Commissioner Milton Sigmon was approved instead, putting off any decision.
Commissioners approved a request thet will allow Dry Pond Brewing to build an outdoor concert stage and an outdoor volleyball court at their location on Triangle Circle.
In other business, Commissioners approved a $1,424,000 contract for a firm to design a jail expansion and a contract with Beam Construction Company for $497,000 for Phase Two work at the Westwinds Park adjacent to the West Lincoln Branch Library. A playground, picnic shelter and additional parking are included in the plans. Also approved was another $249,524 bid for playground equipment.
Atkins, by the way, will be honored a reception June 29th from 3 - 6 PM at the Lincoln Cultural Center.