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
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
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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