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Newton leaders return to 'Lovers' Lane'

August 1, 2011

Newton leaders are going back to "Lovers' Lane," and they may break a few high school hearts when they get there.

During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Newton City Council will revisit a request to ban parking along North Deal Avenue during school hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In July, Newton Police Department asked leaders to prohibit parking along the street which is adjacent to Newton-Conover High School. The request came after complaints from NCHS officials, who said high school students were parking there and possibly engaging in sexual activity an deal drugs.

Situated alongside the school's softball field and a stormwater retention pond, the 1500 block of North Deal Avenue is out of school officials' sight, said NCHS Principal Kevin Campbell. The school received complaints from residents along the street, he said during Newton City Council's July meeting.

However, some residents argued that in addition to students, they use the street as a parking area for themselves and their visitors. A parking ban would negatively impact those residents, said North Deal Avenue resident Robert Reitzel.

City Council tabled the issue in July and the proposed parking ban has returned to the meeting agenda for tonight.

Other items on the Newton City Council meeting agenda include:

• Consideration of code enforcement measures for nuisance violations for three properties: 2104 Dove Street; 2702 North Main Avenue; and 26 South Gaither Avenue.

• Consideration of a proposal to provide matching funds for almost $81,000 in grant funding from N.C. Main Street Solutions. The grant has been awarded and would go toward renovations of a downtown Newton building where there a plans for a new bakery.

• Consideration of a special use permit that would allow Jenkins Funeral Home to construct a pavilion and restroom facility on its Startown Road property.

• Consideration of a contract between Catawba County and the city of Newton for fire protection.

The regular monthly meeting of Newton City Council begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Newton City Hall.

Comments

Other "solutions" for "issues"...

August 2, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 4 weeks ago
Comment: 588

As a public service I submit...
• Consideration of code enforcement measures for nuisance violations for three properties: 2104 Dove Street; 2702 North Main Avenue; and 26 South Gaither Avenue. (SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO ME, BUT THERE ARE A WHOLE LOT MORE NUISANCES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED!)

• Consideration of a proposal to provide matching funds for almost $81,000 in grant funding from N.C. Main Street Solutions. The grant has been awarded and would go toward renovations of a downtown Newton building where there a plans for a new bakery.(OH BOY, $81K in TAXPAYER dollars to open a Bakery that will last at best six months and create at the best 2-5 jobs!, as I said, somebody ought to be fired!)

• Consideration of a special use permit that would allow Jenkins Funeral Home to construct a pavilion and restroom facility on its Startown Road property.(A "PAVILIAON AT A FUNERAL HOME? Well.. maybey they are putting the FUN back in FUNeral! But at least they are in business!)

• Consideration of a contract between Catawba County and the city of Newton for fire protection. (WHY, I THOUGTH WE HAD A FIRE DEPARTMENT...YOU SURE SEE 'EM RIDDING AROUND ALL OVER TOWN WASTING $4.00 A GALON DIESEL!)

Solution to "Sex Drive" ..uh, I mean North Deal avenue...

August 2, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 4 weeks ago
Comment: 587

..instead of the residents getting the (you know what....ing), why not do the following: BAN THE FREAKIN DRIVING OF CARS TO SCHOOL BY STUDENTS! THAT IS WHY WE PAY MILLIONS OF BUCKS FOR FREAKIN SCHOOL BUSSES!.
If they aint got cars they cant:
a. Make love on school time.
b. Roll and smoke fatties on school time.
c. Leave school and go cause mayhem..you guessed it..on school time.
d. Conduct gang business, on school time.
e. Do anything else otehr than learn on school time.

Of course the principal can always make case by case exceptions to policy. Say a kid with good grades WHO ACTUALLY WORKS, after school. (Guess what, you verify with his check stub ech week!)
It will save money on parking lot maintenace, improve safety and is "GREEN". And aint that what we are all looking for, "GREEN" solutions!

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