LINCOLNTON – Newly elected Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam was sworn into office prior to the Monday, Dec. 3, meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
The beginning of Beam’s term as sheriff coincides with the conclusion of his lone term on the county commission, for which he and fellow outgoing commissioner Martin Oakes, who also served just one term, were recognized prior to the meeting. Beam spent the final two years of his four-year term as the chairman of the board, presiding over each of the board’s bi-monthly meetings during that time. Oakes served as the board’s vice chairman in 2017.
The replacements for Beam and Oakes on the board, newly elected commissioners Bud Cesena and Milton Sigmon, were also sworn into office prior to Monday’s meeting.
Cesena is a Denver resident and former officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, while Sigmon lives in Iron Station and has served as a member of the Lincoln County Planning Board in recent years.
Carrol Mitchem, who is currently serving his fourth term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, was unanimously elected chairman, while Rich Permenter, a United States Marine Corps veteran serving his first term on the board, was unanimously elected vice chairman.
Conditional use permits requested
Monday night’s meeting commenced with a trio of public hearings pertaining to three conditional use permit requests. They are slated to be discussed and voted on Monday, Dec. 17.
The first request was brought forth by a couple seeking permission to construct a 576-square-foot guest house on their 2.5-acre property located on Beam Lumber Road near Cat Square. The applicant informed the board the plan was for her mother to move to North Carolina and live in the guest house.
The second conditional use permit application requested permission to construct an 800-square-foot garage on a small piece of land near N.C. 16 Business. The aim is for the garage to be built prior to the construction of a home on the property.
The final request sought permission to expand a self-storage facility located on 8.5 acres on N.C. 16 Business. The applicant is seeking to add three 6,000-square-foot storage buildings and an additional outdoor storage area for boats and RVs.
Golf cart ordinance approved
After much discussion at previous meetings, the board voted unanimously in favor of adopting a golf cart ordinance.
The ordinance permits the operation of golf carts on county roads where the speed limit is posted at 35 miles per hour or less. Those wishing to operate a golf cart must have liability insurance coverage and be at least 16 years of age, although a driver’s license is not required to drive one.
All golf carts on county roads must include a rearview mirror, two headlights, two taillights and a rear triangle reflector, as required by North Carolina law.
The penalty for any golf cart found in violation of the ordinance is a $50 fine.
New library on its way
Finally, the board unanimously approved a contract with Hickory Construction for the construction of a new West Lincoln Library.
The project comes at a cost of approximately $3.379 million, and construction is scheduled to begin sometime in December.