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Section A: General News


Council’s inaction hampers China Grove business


Council’s inaction hampers China Grove business
China Grove Alderman John McRae (second, from left) informs businessman Kenny Kincannon of G.L. Hunt Co. that he has 10 days to relocate after the council took no action related to Kincannon’s application for a business permit.


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Wilson County News
December 11, 2013
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Kenny Kincannon, managing partner of the G.L. Hunt Co., could be forced to pack up and move the company from its current location at 7575 U.S. 87 E. here after the China Grove City Council declined to grant the firm a business permit at its Dec. 5 meeting.

Kincannon told the council that his landlord did not inform him of the regulations associated with locating his foundation-repair company within the city limits. Kincannon said that in November, he was informed the council would address the matter in its December meeting, which left him operating the business without a permit for a month.

The council also had questions related to portable storage containers on the property. Kincannon said his workers have used the locked units to store tools, after two incidents at their previous location in which tools were stolen.

When Mayor Eugene Ripps asked for a motion from the councilmen, each was silent, resulting in the item dying for lack of action.

Alderman John McRae then asked Kincannon, “How long will it take you to move everything?”

Kincannon replied it could take approximately six months for him and his 38 employees to completely relocate from the city.

“You have 10 days,” McRae said.

This will be the second time Kincannon and his employees have had to relocate. The company’s first location on Loop 410 in San Antonio was sold earlier this year. When asked what he would do now, Kincannon said he is praying about his next step.

Also during the meeting, the council voted to table action related to:

•A business permit for China Grove Auto Sales at 6835 U.S. 87 E., pending submission of a site plan.

•An ordinance regulating the amount of time portable storage containers may be used in residential and commercial zones.

•A resolution adopting a personnel policy manual.

The council did, however, vote to reschedule its Jan. 2 meeting to Jan. 9. It also approved a business permit for Jeff and Mindi Lundberg to operate a food truck park at the current Peddler’s Grove at 6750 U.S. 87 E., on Friday and Saturday nights.

China Grove City Council meeting, Dec. 5. In attendance: Mayor Eugene Ripps; aldermen John Massengale, John McRae, Doug Pruski, and Cathy Ripps; City Attorney Frank Garza; City Secretary Linda Gill; Court Administrator Latoya Johnson; Police Chief Larry Davis; and Fire Chief Mike Winfield.

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