Lincoln OKs zone change for new Wal-Mart Supercenter

May 26, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Final reading of a zone change allowing a new Wal-Mart to be built in Lincoln County was unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Fiscal Court.

The proposed 12-acre site on U.S. 27 north of the Stanford city limits was formerly zoned agriculture under owner Tommy Owens and has been changed to a commercial lot.

The new Wal-Mart will be a Supercenter, featuring groceries and dry goods under the same roof.

Wal-Mart civil engineering consultant Brad Tune, of the Lexington firm CMW Inc., said the next step for the store is to accept a bid and close the land deal.

Wal-Mart's site plans were submitted to the Lincoln County/Cedar Creek Planning Committee earlier this year for approval. The planning committee had recommended the Fiscal Court accept the requested zone change.


First copies of proposed budget distributed

In addition to approving the rezoning, magistrates were given the first copies of the county's proposed budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. A budget workshop is planned for next Wednesday.

Some magistrates said they wish the state could offer more assistance next year, but on a whole, didn't expect the budget to pose much of a problem.

The upcoming budget is "about the same," said Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert. "We're very lucky."

"We'd like to see more money in federal grants, state grants," said Magistrate Mark Denham. "I'd like to see the state give us more help on prisoners. Other than that, we're in good shape."

Currently, the state provides a stipend for all state inmates housed at the Lincoln County Regional Jail, totaling approximately $178,000. Next fiscal year's budget has allotted about $106,000 in state inmate stipends.

Fiscal Court will meet next week to study and amend the proposed budget, if needed. The budget must have two public readings and be advertised in a local paper before final approval. First reading is expected at the court's regular June meeting.

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