Gander RV flag controversy returns to city council Monday night

Pictured above: The Gander RV flag in Statesville – Picture courtesy of WSIC news partner FOX 46 Charlotte

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – Statesville’s Gander RV flag size dispute will go back to City Council Monday night.

At the request of Councilman John Stafford, the group will consider canceling a previous vote that took place in June preventing the current flag from flying. City spokeswoman Nancy Davis says the council is then expected to make a motion and consider allowing it again.

In June, C.O. Johnson, John Staford and Steve Johnson voted in favor of increasing the allowed flag size to 40’ x 80′. William Morgan, Roy West, Doris Allison, Keith Williams and Michael Johnson voted against the change meaning the current flag at Gander RV was still out of compliance.

Councilman William Morgan said in June “This was never about patriotism. It was never about the flag, it was simply about drawing, if you will, a line in the sand and determining which ordinances you’re going to enforce and which ordinances you (are not). We can’t ask law abiding citizens and those that obey the rules to just turn their heads and ignore someone who is not playing by the rules”

Gander RV and it’s CEO Marus Lemonis have continued to fly the current flag against City rules. The company has been accumulating a $50 a day fine. The flag controversy has been a key issue in the current city council election.