As the city’s flag ordinance receives national attention, Statesville City Council will hold a public hearing on increasing the limit on flag sizes.
Gander RV, formerly Camping World, on Morland Drive, flies a 40-by-80 foot flag off I-77. The city’s ordinance limits flags to 25 by 40 feet.
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis brought Statesville’s and 11 other cities’ ordinances keeping the company from flying giant flags to the nation’s attention by tweeting to the 1.3 million followers he had at the time in 2017.
When the city filed a complaint against Camping World for refusing to follow an ordinance in May, America became aware of Statesville yet again. Gander Outdoors, also owned by Lemonis, started a petition on change.org supporting Gander RV’s flag. It had more than 300,000 signatures as of Friday.
Now council is considering changing the ordinance.
“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 and it hasn’t come from our citizens,” Mayor Costi Kutteh said. “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.”
Citizens will be able to address council about the flag Monday. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Statesville City Hall.
Monday, council will also:
» Proclaim June 17 as National Garbage Collector Day.
» Hold a public hearing about giving 13.8 acres, $276,000 worth, of land at the Carolinas Interstate Corporate Park to Project Donut at no cost as an economic development incentive in exchange for a $6,800,000 investment by the company.
» Hold a public hearing regarding an 84-unit development at the intersection of Old Wilkesboro Road and Bradley Farm Road.
» Hold a public hearing about allowing LED signs at houses of worships, schools and daycare centers in residential districts.
» Implement a career development program for police and firefighters.