North Carolina Press Association
Vol. 109 No. 17
Thursday, April 24, 1997
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Kings Mountain citizens favor curbside garbage pickup
The survey results are in and sanitation cus-
the Council, not the staff, to review.
tomers have voted 1,043 to 762 for curbside pick-
The new program will go into effect after City
Council takes a formal vote and after the city re-
ceives the 90 gallon containers probably with the
start of the new budget year July 1. :
City Manager Jimmy Maney announced the re-
sults to the sanitation committee meeting
Thursday and again on Monday night to the full
City Council's budget work session.
Three of the four Council members - Norma
Bridges, Jerry White and Ralph Grindstaff who
had been outspoken about their concerns for
changing the service said they would support the
citizen vote and Councilmen Dean Spears, Rick
Murphrey and Phil Hager, each of whom had ear-
lier supported the change because they said the
present system is losing money.
Mrs. Bridges again voted against curbside pick-
up at a special sanitation meeting Thursday and
Councilman Jerry Mullinax stood alone Monday
night in trying to keep back yard pickup and at
no extra cost to citizens.
Mrs. Bridges said after looking at comparison
charts which showed that the city is losing money
in this department said she had to go along with
the new system.
Bridges said she had continually received calls
from citizens who wanted to keep backyard pick-
up but didn't want to pay an additional $2 fee.
Mullinax said he is still strongly against the
change, saying that he fears that most people
won't like it. He said the survey that went out to
citizens should have been worded differently and
that the survey returns should have been given to
Maney said a form would be included in utility
bills of every citizen for senior citizens who can't -
roll their garbage to the curbside to get a doctor's
statement saying they cannot for reasons of
Maney said the sanitation department has been
under budget for several years and that landfill
costs continue to increase.
With the implementation of curbside pickup,
See Curbside, 5-A
A petition is expected to be
presented to City Council
Tuesday night by citizens ask-
ing for more pay for city police.
Danny Buchanan, Kings
Mountain resident, has been cir-
culating petitions in several
businesses asking customers to
sign it if they think city police
deserve more money.
Roger Goins, of 400 W
Mountain St., a Kings Mountain
businessman, said he supports
the petition 100 percent.
"We have about 700 signa-
tures now on these petitions
and we expect to have more by
Tuesday," he said this week.
"Kings Mountain Police
ome just a
money," said Goins.
See Pay, 4-A
Proposed precinct line
‘changes by the Cleveland
County Board of Elections will
mean that Kings Mountain vot-
ers would vote at four polling
places, instead of two, in the
Public hearing on the pro-
posed changes will be conduct-
ed by the Board of Elections
Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the
Conference Room of the County
Administrative Building, 310 E.
Marion Street, in Shelby. The
public is invited.
Larry Hamrick Sr., Kings
Mountain realtor, said he plans
to raise the question of the va-
lidity of making the changes.
Four other Kings Mountain citi-
zens, Kyle Smith, Ken Cook,
Charlie Carpenter and Margaret
Ratterree want local people
who cannot attend the hearing
to call them to voice their opin-
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LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS ui
SITE ANALYSIS 1
ments where they make more
PROPOSED INGLES - This is an architect's rendering of the proposed Ingles Market on Oak
Grove and Scism Road. City Council will hold public hearing Tuesday night on Ingles request for
an amendment to the new zoning ordinance.
set on precinct changes
ion on the proposed changes.
Hamrick says the changes
could confuse the electorate.
"I am looking for more rea-
sons to change than a few peo-
ple standing in waiting lines,"
Hamrick said that perhaps
more staffing could be added at
the polls to help take care of the
crowds. "If more people voted
on election day I might change
my mind," he said.
Hamrick envisions that in fu-
ture years with new technology
that a system will be devised so
people can vote by fax or tele-
phone by merely identifying
Blanton said 3,028 people are
registered at Bethware precinct;
3,192 at East Kings Mountain;
3,240 at West Kings Mountain;
and 1,823 at Grover.
A total of 2,470 people are el-
igible to vote in Kings
Mountain No. One which in-
cludes part of Bethware; 2,750
in No. 2 which is divided be-
tween ByPass 74 and Business
74; 2,550 in No. 3 which is that
area of Business 74 following
Battleground Avenue to Grover;
2,400 in No. 4 which runs from
the Grover precinct line down
Highway 85 and boundaries
north of the bypass and busi-
ness 74; 2,800 in Bethware; and
2,500 in Grover.
Blanton said both Grover and
Bethware will also exceed the
3,000 figure in a short time. She
said in the November 1996 elec-
tion four precincts exceeded
3,000 voters, including Kings
Mountain's East and West
precincts and Rippy precinct.
She said Republican and
Democratic Party chairmen
were contacted for their input
KMPD plans take shape
A new Kings Mountain Law Enforcement
Center will cost over $1 million dollars and if
Council approves Tuesday the recommendation
of a special committee the 14,000 square foot
building would be built on the present site of the
Kings Mountain Police Department.
The preliminary sketch plans for the building
were presented to City Council Monday night by
Ken Newell, a partner in Stewart/Cooper
Architects of Gastonia.
Council members indicated they liked what
The police committee had looked at a site adja-
cent to the present City Hall but said the costs to
build there would be excessive.
If Council accepts the proposal, the present
Police Department building would be razed and
olice would occupy trailers at the back of the
site until the building is up and ready.
Newell described the building as simple in de-
sign and said it would address the needs of the
department for as many as 15-20 years down the
road. Twenty-two parking spaces and support
areas would be included. The brick and split face
block veneer building would have a green metal
roof and a round-shaped lobby with glass at the
front, "something to be proud of," said the archi-
Newell said an enclosed area for four cars, four
holding cells and interview rooms are projected.
He said the present police department has 8,000
feet of floor space.
City Manager Jimmy Maney said that the cupo-
la from the present building could be used along
with several other cosmetic items that would lend
a historic flavor to the new building.
Mayor Scott Neisler suggested that the one-sto-
ry building decor blend with the neighboring
businesses and churches on Piedmont Avenue.
Police Chief Bob Hayes said he is well pleased
with the proposed layout for the building and
said in the future if a magistrate is obtained to
work in the police department that this step
would cut down on trips to Shelby for city police.
He said interview rooms and holding cells are
The projected cost does not include equipment
Maney said that a rebate from Duke Power of
$500,000 would be a good down payment for the
building but that the city council must now delib-
erate in work sessions how to pay the remainder
of the costs.
in drawing the lines and
Commission drew the proposed
precinct lines and determined
the voting age population of
these new areas using block
Following this demographic
study, a meeting was called of
all interested persons to study
the Planning Commission's re-
sults. From this March 24 meet-
ing developed the proposed
precinct line changes and com-
bining of some precincts with
the resulting overall addition of
one precinct for a total of 25
Blanton said she hoped the
plan could be implemented in
the fall elections but it must
meet the approval of the U.S.
See Precinct, 4-A
Ingle's to ask City Council
to amend zoning ordinance
Ingles Markets Inc. will ask
City Council Tuesday night at
7:30 p.m. to amend the city's
new zoning ordinance to ex-
empt Ingles from requirements
in the city's new zoning ordi-
nance for new projects requir-
ing trees in parking lots.
Charles Murdock of
Asheville, realtor handling the
acquisition of 19 acres of prop-
erty from Judy and Paul Scism,
said it is Ingles contention that
the Ingles building project is
not a new project and should
fall under the old ordinance be-
cause Ingles had already asked
for and got the Scism property
rezoned and annexed by the
The new ordinance was
ion to gr
"We advised Ingles of the
changes in the new zoning ordi-
nance,” he said.
The city's planning and zon-
ing board voted against the pro-
posed amendment at a recent
"No city or county is obligat-
ed to issue a permit under an
old zoning ordinance," said
He said, however, there is a
provision for vested rights in
the new ordinance.
Killian said that before any
building permits are issued that
the city must know how sanita-
tion will be taken care of,
whether a firm plans to use sep-
tic tanks from the county or
sewer from the city.
"We had no commitment
from Ingles and neither Ingles
or the city has filed an applica-
tion for a grant to help pay the
$500,000 cost of running sewer
to the property,” he said.
"We made application to the
city with information we had at
that time prior to the new zon-
See Ingles, 4-A
~ permits and that the city had
_ not received a copy of the Ingles
New Ingles Store
would add 90 jobs
The proposed new Ingles
Market at Oak Grove and Scism
Road would be a free standing
store located on 19 acres at cost
of $3 million dollars and gener-
ate 90 new jobs.
Robert P. Ingle, chairman of
the board, said Ingles
"Megastore" has been devel-
oped around the central theme
of "one stop shopping” and at
54,000 square feet allows for
more departments, wider aisles
and a greater selection of both
food and non-food products,
with an abundance of brand
S SPE 0 C
based firm, said Ingles Markets
Inc. would be investing heavily
in the future of Kings
Approximately $3 million
dollars would be invested in
land, improvements and build-
ing. She said it is expected that
annual sales would be in the
neighborhood of $10 million
dollars. A new Ingles store
would generate an estimated 90
new jobs and would invest
more than $500,000 in the new
sewer extension, either solely
by Ingles or in combination
with a state grant that may be
"All in all, Ingles would pro-
vide a huge investment for
Kings Mountain, that could on-
ly be a positive for the city and
would bring needed jobs and
new tax revenues,” she said.
Megastore "extras" include a
full-service Deli, featuring spe-
cialty meats cut to order and
hot take-out meals for shop-
pers’ fast-paced lifestyles, a bak-
ery offering more than 50 kinds
of fresh-baked breads, a Corner
Cafe, Floral Department and
Video store. The store will offer
See Jobs, 4-A
NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER - This is an architect's rendering of the proposed new
Kings Mountain Law Enforcement Center. City Council is expected to approve the site and the
plans Tuesday night.
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