Lewisburg mourns Harwell

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For the second time in as many months, a white rose has occupied the dais at the Lewisburg City Council work session.

Monday afternoon, the rose was in memory of Councilman C. H. Harwell, who passed away on July 25.

“He fought hard,” said Mayor Jim Bingham as the meeting started.

The council was already mourning the loss of Councilman Artie Allen in June and will now need to fill a second seat on the city’s governing board..

The deadline for letters of interest in filling Allen’s unexpired term representing the city’s 2nd Ward is tomorrow, Friday.

Three candidates have already expressed interest and will be interviewed next week by the sitting council.

A special called meeting will be set later in August to appoint a replacement.

Harwell’s seat for the 3rd Ward will be filled in the same manner.

Both terms have approximately 12 months to run until the next general election.

Otherwise, the session to set the agenda for next Tuesday’s monthly meeting was mundane.

The council will consider an annexation request for 72.5 acres on Gupton Road, requested by the owner.

Part of the parcel touches a section of Mooresville Highway within the city limits, making annexation a possibility.

The Planning Commission forwarded the request to the council with a positive recommendation. The parcel, if annexed, will also request rezoning to a planned urban development, with 200 homes reported planned for construction.

Council will consider two payment in lieu of taxes requests from industry. PILOT plans offer tax incentives for businesses adding new equipment or facilities.

Meiwa plans to add new equipment valued between $1 million and $2 million to its existing facility, and an as yet unnamed manufacturer is requesting one for a potential move into the former Cosmolab building.

Councilmen discussed the upcoming search for the city manager position, as current City manager Buck Beard plans to retire in January.

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service laid out several options for the council to consider for the process at a prior meeting and stood ready to assist in any way the city wished.

The council expressed some dissatisfaction with the recent treasurer search, done with MTAS assistance, and decided to start the search process without initial assistance from MTAS.

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