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VOL. 89 NO. 8
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26,1978
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Gty Holds Option To Appeal
By TOM McIntyre
ITie City of Kings Mountain is holding onto its option to ap
peal a civil penalty of 91.200 imposed by the North CaroUna
Environmental Management Commission.
City Attorney George Thomasson said Monday night that the
city has 30-days after receipt of a formal written notification of
the penalty ruling from the oivironmental commission.
“As yet we have not received written notice,” Thomasson
Thomasson accompanied Mayor John Moss, engineers W. K.
Dickson, Ralph Johnson and Alvin Moretz to Raleigh on Jan. 12
for a hearing before the commission. They were met in
Raleigh by Sid Eagles, an attorney who serves as ad
ministrative assistant to Speaker of the House Carl Stewart.
“I talked with Sid this week,” Thomasson said, “and be
suggested we wait until we receive the written notice and to
hear what the commission will give the city after reviewing the
third set of alternate plans we have submitted.”
The plans Thomasson referred to calls for a holding tank and
pumping facility to remove wastewater from Moss Lake plant
to the PUot Creek Treatment Plant for dlq)osal.
ITie 9l,200fine was assessed the dty for faUure to construct
and operate a wastewater treatment tacUity at Moss Lake bv
June 1,1977, under a state permit. The 91,200 was a total of ■
9500 penalty plus 960 per day for 14 days over a Dee. 29 deadUne
to pay the penalty.
“We attempted to show the conunission that the city has
made every effort to meet the EPA requirements,”
Thomasson said, “but the commission would not hear us. The
city had requested an administrative hearing, but that was
Thomasson said, “If we do not feel satbfacUon after the
commission has considered the third set of wastewater
treatment facility plans, Uien we can file an appeal in Wake
County and have our day in court.
First 201 Hearing At Grover
GROVER—A public hearing is scheduledfor 7 o’clock tonight at town hall on
the Wastewater Facilities Plan (201) for the Grover area.
The Grover planning area is a subpart of the Gaston County 201 program.
The purpose of tonight’s hearing, according to Mayor W. W. (Bill) McCarter,
is to obtain comments from aU concerned parties on wastewater collection and
treatment planning for the area.
Copies of the 201 plans have been on file at town haU here since Dec. 22,1977
for public inspection and review and individuals and agencies concerned with
the plan have been given the opportunity to submit written requests for per
mission to make statements at the puUic hearing.
Mayor McCarter said interested parties who have not submitted written
requests will also be recognized from the floor, but will be subject to time
limitations on their comments.
About 15 individuals or agencies have been sent special invitations to attend
tonight’s public hearing.
Kings Mountain is also included in the Gaston County 201 Planning area, but
the city is not yet at the point where a public hearing is called for. Mayor John
Moes and Engineer Alvin Moretz of Kings Mountain have been invited to attend
tonight’s public hearing in Grover.
CITY A’TTORNEY — George Ihomasson said Monday night
the dty will hold onto its option to fOe an appeal to the penalty
rding from the N. C. Environmental Management 0>m-
Schod Ou. di Ivor’s dassruoidirwork Wr
students and adults will be conducted on
two days, Tues., Jan. 31,andThurs., Feb.
2,from8:30a.m.until2:30p. m. afKings
Mountain Senior High School.
Instructor is Blaine Froneberger,
Driver's Education teacher, who notes
that persons expecting to obtain their
driver’s license must be present for both
sessions next week.
For further information, call Mr.
Froneberger at KMSHS.
Three Grants Available
City To Apply For New Funds
Approximately 31 acres of land slated
for a housing development was annexed
~ by the city commissioners Monday ni^t.
I The property, owned by the J. 0. and C.
B S. Plonk heirs, is adjacent to the city
limits on the westside of town at Ashley
Following annexation the board ap
proved the zoning and planning board ,
recommendation that the 30.541 acres be
rezoned from R-20 (Suburban
Residential District) to R-10 (Single •
Family Residential District).
During public hearings Monday night
on both annexation and resoning there
were no comments either for or against
Following other public hearings
Monday the board approved requests for
resoning from Paul and Lillian Mauney,
William S. Fulton Jr. and Blaser Con
Paul and Lillian Mauney requested
rezonlng from R-6 (Two-Family
Residential) to L. I. (Light Industrial)
26.77 acres, located on the north sideof U.
S. Hwy. 74 near the proposed intersection
with 74 Bypass.
William S.‘Fulton Jr. requesUd
resoning approaimately six acres located
east ofNC 161 and north of Ridge St. from
R-6 to R-6 (Multi-FamUy Residential).
Fulton said the property Is under op-
tion to Weaver Realty of Greensboro and
the company has tentative plana for
developmiiy 40-60 units of one story
“cluster apartments.” He said there will
be no more than four apartments to a
building and that the apartments will be
one and two betfroom aftairs.
The Blazar Construction Co. raquast
was to retone from R-f to R-6 a lot at the
btersection of Juniper and W. Gold Sts.
The lot has either been or will be sold to
Luke Hoyle for development of multi-
’ There were no comments made
Monday either for or against tbeee
retoning requests during individual
THE ICE AGE.
Photo by Gary Stewart
From the looks of this picture you might assume the ice age hat returned to the Kln^ Mountain
area. Closeig) photography offers the viewer beautiful designs of Ice covered llndM and twigs and this
way it can ba enjoy ad. However, this same beauty created hatardous conditions hare last week when
power llnee, polea, and trees were toppled from the extra weight. More photoa on Page IB.
Mayor John Moss will begi' .paring
applications for three addk .nal federal
grants for which the city has been ruled
eligible for in 1978.
At Monday night’s commissioners
meeting tiie board gave the mayor ap
proval to seek funding under a new three
year Urban Development Action Grant
The first grant application covers
industrial, commercial and residential
programs. Kings Houidain was one of 12
communities under 50,000 population in
North Carolina ruled digible for a UDAG
program and one of 944 across the
country out of 30,000 contestants.
“The formula in essence means for
every three dollars spent locally the
federal government, under the UDAG
program, will spend one dollar,” the
mayor said. “That means about 25
percent of a single project funding from
The mayor suggests a Kings Moimtain
Development Cwporation be formed
with an elected board of dtrectors and an
executive director to plan and activdy
seek new business tar the community.
He said such a corporation would need
local private investmmt, but added that
with the IS percent UDAG money as
seed, small business loans and equity
ftaiding &«m local financial institutions
Is possible to see a project through.
“All the guiddines for the program
have not be«i sent down from
Washington,’’ the mayor said, “but the
way the program now reads, it also
means there is funding available to hdp
owners and tenants of existing
businesses in the community as wdl as
for new construction.”
Another course a local devdopment
corporation could take is to become in
volved in ventures not necessarily inside
the city limits, as long as the venture has
a direct bearing on the local economy.
The second application is for a single
purpose grant for a project under
community devdopment. ‘Ihe mayor
tdd the board a project such as the
rmovation and upgrading of the present
city hall and adjacent property as a
dtizem plaza and updated quarters for
the police department and offices for
local and county agendas is one idea the
single purpose grant could be used for.
The application deadline for this one-
shot grant is Feb. 29,1978.
C^xnmissioner James Childers said he
and Commissioner Norman King heard
this program fully explained during a
Congress of Locd Government Officials
inSan Francisco several monihsago. “It
is a very good program and the com
petition for this grant was highly
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Gty Wm Spend
$56,224 On bem
Commissioners have approved
spending 966,224 for miscellaneous
electrical materials for the Govern
mental Services Facilities Building.
Bids on the materials were receive^
and tabulated by Southeastern Con
sulting Engineers, Inc. of Charlotte and
William Little Jr., professional engineer,
recommended Monday six item bids for
Contracts were awarded to
Westinghouae Electrical Supply and
Biyant Electrical Supply in Monday
Westinghouae was awarded a contract
for tranafonners on a bid of 99,343 with
10-11 weak dalivary time. Biyant Elec
trical Supply received the other five
contracts: underground cable — 914,997
with two —19 weeks delivery; conduit—
921,320 withthree—four week dalivary;
cable terminators and aoeeeaoriae —
99,970; metering equipment — 9447 with
two — 12 weeks follvery; and switch
gear - 94.979.
Little told the board that the Bryant bid
on cable terminators and acceaaories
was not the lowest bid in that category,
“but it was the lowest complete bid on the
specs we mailed out.”
“I think you have a very attractive bid
total,” Little said. “Oir original estimate
for costs, Induding concrete for the
project, totaled 980,325. This total bid
without the concrete is 956,224. Bids on
concrete will be taken separately.”
The electrical materials, when in
stalled, will complete the loop from the
municipal paiki^ lot off S. Piecknont
through thd new Covemmontal Servioss
Facilities Bulldlna and back to the
downtown buriness districL
Little said there will bo no problem
with delivery of materials In ttoM for
construction on the site.
The commiasioows also approved, a
second reconunaodation from Little
Monday to advertise for bids on atruc-
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