Statesville announces plan to resolve US flag dispute


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Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh has asked the Statesville Planning Department to draft a text amendment to the City’s ordinance that regulates the size of flags displayed in a highway business zone. If passed, this amendment will permit the flag currently displayed at Gander RV on I-77 to continue flying.

Kutteh said the text amendment must first be presented to the Statesville Planning Board before Council can consider the request. Because a change to an ordinance requires two votes, the matter should be resolved at the July 15th Council meeting.

“In speaking with city council members, I believe this is the direction the majority of council would like to go at this time. Some terrible things have been said about our wonderful town,” said Kutteh, “and it hasn’t come from our citizens. But people from all over the country have jumped on this issue and called us names I can’t repeat. When our community’s efforts to conduct business in an orderly, lawful manner begins to hurt our businesses, then it’s time to put a stop to it.”

“We had hoped Mr. Lemonis would make the request (to amend the ordinance) himself, but he has made no attempt to contact the City,” said Kutteh.

Repeated efforts by Statesville City Manager Ron Smith to speak with Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis about resolving the issue have been unsuccessful. “We are aware of his announced visit to Statesville on Thursday, but he has not contacted anyone in the City about a meeting,” said Smith.

Details on the text amendment will be released prior to the Planning Board meeting.

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