The Lincoln County Commission has given its approval to three rezoning requests following public hearings held just prior to its November meeting.

Approved was the rezoning from A-1 (agriculture, forestry, rural residential) to C-1 (general commercial) on a 0.82-acre tract owned by Johnny and Bonnie Cowan at 3080 Huntsville Highway, where a residence has been demolished in preparation for a new veterinary clinic.

The rezoning from A-1 to C-1 of a 5.22-acre tract owned by William and Tracy Boyett for the purpose of constructing a commercial shop for their existing business was also approved. The Boyetts have operated the business at their home, but in an effort to separate the business from their residence, they are establishing a stand-alone location for the business.

The rezoning from A-1 to C-1 of a 0.31-acre tract owned by Ava Malone on the southwest corner of the Huntsville Highway and West Lincoln Road was approved as well. The property has an existing structure that has historically been used as a commercial business and as a religious facility.

Also approved was a request to establish a private road along Old Chicken Creek Lane in Frankewing where an easement has served multiple tracts.


Public hearings called

Two public hearings were called for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the circuit courtroom of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Clayton and Gayla Wilson are requesting that their Pulaski Highway property be rezoned from A-1 (Agriculture, Forestry, Rural Residential) to C-1 (General Commercial).

And Harold and Jeff Tunstill are requesting that property at 1414 Borderline Road be rezoned from A-1 to C-1.


Other action

Commissioners approved the appointment of a hiring committee to interview candidates for the new building maintenance director established in October. Also approved were a number of budget amendments related to the position – all total, those amendments amounted to $34,184.

A motion of intent was approved for a new three-year contract on ERIS-GIS mapping software at a cost of $35,000, to be divided with the City of Fayetteville at least for year one of the contract. The contract, once finalized, will come back to the commission for final approval.

A budget amendment of $6,300 was also approved for the Fire/EMA Committee, and the donation of an ambulance by Lincoln Health System to the Fayetteville Police Department was passed. It was also noted in discussion that LHS has started the processing of selling three surplus properties, including the former Home Health & Hospice building on Wilson Parkway, Lincoln Care Center on Amana Avenue, and the former home of the Ambulance Service located behind the care center.

Three school fund budget amendments gained approval, one accommodating an eplan LEAP grant of $289,023, which requires no match, another for $65,792 for lap top fees, repairs and reimbursements, and another for $700 for an interpreter.

Commissioners also agreed that the county attorney send a letter to the firm with which the county has a contract to provide video and telephone service for inmates and their families at the Lincoln County Jail. A number of operational problems have persisted, explained Commissioner Kate Guin, noting that in committee, officials had voted to terminate the contract due to safety and security concerns. The county is expected to put the services out for bid.

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