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Uncle Buck's owner planning new bar

SALISBURY — The owner of Uncle Buck’s is seeking a permit from the county to help open a new bar off U.S. 29.
The Rowan County Board of Commissioners will consider the permit at 4 p.m. — a rescheduled meeting time — on the second floor of the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Rowan County Administration Building.
Scott Howard, who owns the downtown Salisbury restaurant, and Jimmy Lingle want to run a business with live music, a game room and alcohol sales at 5685 S. Main St., south of Salisbury.
Commissioners will hold a quasi-judicial hearing Monday for a conditional use permit to allow Howard and Lingle’s proposed business to serve alcohol without restaurant operations.
According to county planning staff, the bar would be located in a now-vacant building on a 1.25-acre tract owned by Wayne Bradshaw, who also owns the nearby BeBop’s Restaurant and Hot Rod Barn. Existing businesses on the same tract include Hawg Shop motorcycle and repair and Fat Boys Auto Sales.
In other business, the board will consider a request Monday from the Rowan Transit System to restructure fares.
Fares for the “Share a Ride” service would change from from $3 per day (or free for some elderly and disabled passengers) to $2 per trip.
This would not include Rowan Express or seniors whose trips are funded with Home and Community Care Block Grant funds.
According to a memo written by Rowan Transit System Director Gary Price, ADA passengers in the city of Salisbury pay $2 per trip, sometimes on the same vehicle as rural county residents paying $3 per day.
“The standard practice for any transportation system is a per trip fare. … Individual riders pay each time they board a transit vehicle,” the memo says. “This alleviates confusion for drivers and standardizes the process.”
Also at Monday’s meeting, commissioners plan to:
• Continue a public hearing for the proposed road name of Indian Trail for a location northeast off the 2500 block of W. Innes Street.
The board agreed Aug. 1 to see if the county and neighbors would accept Cedar Lane, a name suggested by a couple who live on the road and spoke against the change.
But according to county documents, the telecommunications department has told planning staff that too many county road names already include the word “Cedar.”
• Hold a public hearing regarding a Rowan Transit System application for about $259,000 in 2012 Rural Operating Assistance Program funds offered by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
• Hear the 2010 annual report from the Rowan County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
• Approve a mutual aid agreement with Davidson County for supplemental support in and around the Yadkin River bridge and roadway expansion construction project on Interstate 85.
• Approve a memorandum of agreement with the Rowan County Rescue Squad to formalize its peak time supplemental ambulance coverage in southern Rowan.
• Authorize the parks and recreation department to use funds from the county’s Murtis Nicholas Account, to be paid back with project donations or $1 from each game of golf, for construction of an ADA-compliant miniature golf course at Dan Nicholas Park.
• Dissolve the Rowan County-Kannapolis Regional Sports Authority used to manage Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. Earlier this year, the county agreed to sell its share of the stadium to the city of Kannapolis, which already approved the dissolution.
• Approve the tax administrator’s annual settlement.
• Consider several budget amendments.

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