Statesville Council reaches agreement with Gander RV to resolve flag dispute
BY STACIE LETT CAIN
Statesville City Council members on Monday agreed to a settlement with Gander RV in an effort to end the long-running dispute about the size of the American flag being flown at the business off Interstate 77.
The City filed a lawsuit against Gander RV in May to force the company to comply with a city ordinance regulating the size of the flag.
Gander RV had applied to the City to fly a flag larger than what is allowed by ordinance, but after the city approved the dimensions requested, Gander RV ignored its own request and displayed a 3,200-square-foot flag, which is nearly four times the size allowed.
Under the terms of the agreement, Gander RV agrees to pay a $14,350 fine, plus up to $2,000 in legal fees. The business will also seek permission from the City to display flag currently displayed.
The City Council has agreed to approve the application for an exemption, allowing Gander RV to legally fly the flag currently displayed.
Council members have been criticized in the national media for their handling of the issue. Candidates for the Ward 1, 4 and 6 seats up for grabs in Tuesday's municipal election have also said they would have handled the dispute differently.