Agreement between Statesville & Gander RV promises to end flag dispute

  

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

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – The City of Statesville has reached an agreement that will allow the Gander RV flag to keep flying.

Mayor Costi Kutteh announced the settlement agreement after council members came out of executive session Monday night, according to spokeswoman Nancy Davis. As part of the deal, Gander RV will pay $14,350 for violating city ordinance and $2,000 in legal costs. The city has agreed to change its ordinance to allow the 40′ x 80′ flag.

WSIC has requested a copy of the agreement. The council voted unanimously during Monday’s public meeting to pass the first reading of the ordinance change.  A second vote is expected later this month.

The agreement appears to end a year-long dispute between the city and Gander RV that subjected Statesville to national criticism. Although fines had been accumulating for about a year, the issue had been forming even before that. An attempt to end the dispute failed by a vote of 3-5 in June.

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