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Hickory City Council Meets, Approves Economic Development Agreement

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (May 21). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously.

Council considered an economic development agreement with Steel Warehouse of North Carolina LLC and approval of the associated agreements with the NC Dept of Commerce and Western Piedmont Council of Governments. The company plans to create at least 58 positions with salaries above the county’s average. The item, which was approved by Catawba County Commissioners Monday, was approved by Council.

Hickory City Council unanimously approved a resolution to oppose the City of Charlotte Interbasin Transfer Request. Charlotte has filed a notice of its intent to request an increase from 33 million gallons per day (MGD) to 63 MGD regarding the water it transfers from the Catawba River Basin, which serves Hickory and the surrounding areas, to the Rocky River Basin, a tributary of the Yadkin/Pee Dee River.

Among the other items on the agenda Tuesday, Council considered the voluntary contiguous annexation of 1.821 acres, located at 2326 12th Ave Dr NE, owned by Terry Dean Hollar. The item was approved by City Council. Council also recognized retiring Public Utilities Director Shawn Pennell after 30 years of service.