Hickory City Council met twice during the past week to discuss two projects, the proposed Deidra Lackey Memorial Park legal agreements and Blue Bloodhound Economic Development Incentives.
On Monday (June 22) City Council held a special called meeting to discuss the legal agreements of the proposed Deidra Lackey Memorial Park, including construction easements, burial sites, and other projects, like the canopy walk that is planned for the park.
The Grant and Construction Easement agreement governs the development and construction of a waterfront memorial park to memorialize the late Deidra Lackey. The Burial Site Agreement governs the construction and maintenance of burial sites located within the Conservatory and certain adjacent Gardens. The burial sites are for designated for the sole use of the Lackey family. The last agreement discussed was the Conservancy Agreement, which outlines the City’s and Conservancy’s rights and responsibilities in developing and managing the waterfront memorial park. The Conservancy is the group that will be responsible for the Conservatory at the park.
Council did not approve the agreements at this meeting, as these agreements will be presented at a regular City Council meeting in the future for Council’s approval.
On Thursday (June 25) City Council held a second special called meeting to consider approval of the economic development agreement between the City and Blue Bloodhound, LP the related resolution, and for the Mayor to execute these, along with other needed documents.
Blue Bloodhound, LP announced on Tuesday (June 23) that they will create 191 office and e-commerce jobs in Hickory at the recently renovated Moretz Mills. The company plans to create the jobs over three years and will pay above the average wage for Catawba County.
The resolution, stating the desire to enter into agreement, and the agreement itself, were both voted on, and passed, unanimously, on a first and second reading by the Hickory City Council at Thursday's special called meeting. Councilman Hank Guess and Councilwoman Jill Patton were not present. City Council did vote to provide $800 per job, based upon the criteria that is in the agreement.