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'Council of Understanding' Moves Towards Vote

GASTONIA, N.C. – After two meetings of the Council of Understanding, the committee set up by the Gaston County Board of Commissioners is moving toward a recommendation on the Confederate monument outside the Gaston County Courthouse.

The council is chaired by Commissioner Tom Keigher, who committed the council to meeting again from 12 to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 13th. The council will then meet and vote on a recommendation on Wednesday, July 22nd. That meeting will also begin at noon.

Keigher has committed to taking the recommendation of the council back to the Board of Commissioners for action.

The meetings will take place inside the Harley B. Gaston Public Forum at the Gaston County Courthouse, 325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, in Gastonia. They will be livestreamed on the County’s website, GastonGov.com, and will also be available on the county’s government channel – available to Spectrum and AT&T U-Verse subscribers.

There is limited public seating available for these meetings. Those wishing to attend will undergo temperature screenings and a health questionnaire. Capacity in the forum will be limited to allow for social distancing and attendees will be asked to wear face coverings.

Those wishing to attend, including the media, should RSVP in advance.

The council is made up of two groups of six individuals – one group that supports the relocation of the monument and the other which wants to have it remain in front of the courthouse. Those individuals are: Bruce Cloninger, Bill Starnes, D’Andre Nixon, Rev. Tom Gillespie, Rev. Dickie Spargo, Dr. Ed Smith, Moises Miranda, Joe Will, Eric Riley, Cheryl Comer and James Muhammad.

The 12th member, Jim Stewart, was added as an alternate when the original selection to the council, Jane Dye, resigned her seat two days before the council’s first meeting.

 

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