Education committee reappointed, public hearing set for Bigham property


Last week’s meeting of the Lincoln County Commission saw the re-appointment of 13 individuals to the Education/Workforce Committee and the setting of a date for a public rezoning hearing. Additionally, a Lincoln County citizen took the podium to voice their concerns over the repeated flooding of their home.

The meeting began with the customary invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was led by Marine Smith, Associate Pastor of Petersburg First Baptist Church. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cole Shelton, ten-year-old son of Mary Allison Dempsey and Brad and Jana Shelton.

Following the approval of the minutes from the county’s various committees, the Commission turned their attention to the reappointment of the 13 citizens who comprise the Education/Workforce committee. These individuals are Dr. Bill Heath, Dr. Bill Hopkins, Mark Clark, Kaye Cowley, Lisa Creson, Brad Luna, Bridget Jones, Eric Jones, Kate Killebrew, Ron Perrin, Diane Buchanan, Garth Garris, and Ben Brown. The appointment of all 13 of these people was approved unanimously. Their terms will expire in May of 2022.

One more reappointment was then considered, that of Paul Braden to the Planning Commission. His reappointment was approved unanimously, and his term expire in May of 2025.

A request was then made to set public hearing for deliberation over the rezoning of a plot of land on Union Hollow Road in Petersburg, on which Keith Bigham intends to construct housing. The request was unanimously approved, and the hearing is set for May 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Following the reading of the Budget Committee report and the approval of three new notary publics, Commissioner Doug Cunningham then sponsored Lincoln County citizen Dina Kincade to speak before the commission.

Kincade, who lives in District 6, explained that her home has repeatedly suffered flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. Most recently, parts of her home became filled with two to three inches of water, and much of the flooring will need to be replaced. According to Kincade, there is a pond near her home appears to have a damaged spillway, and implied that this may be contributing to the repeated water damage. Kincade noted that she was not aware of any active ordinance mandating that the owner of the land on which the property is located tend to such damage for the prevention of others property, and she asserted that such an ordinance be created or – if it already exists – enforced.

The commission thanked Kincade for her comments, and the meeting was soon after adjourned.