Fort Mill Town Council agrees to pay for waterline removal

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJanuary 18, 2014 

— The town of Fort Mill and Fort Mill School District have their plan for relocating a troublesome waterline adjacent to Spratt Street.

At its first meeting in the new year, the council voted Jan. 13 to approve a $33,050 bid from RJJ Construction in Pineville, N.C., for relocating 1,350 feet of six-inch waterline at the site of the new Riverview Elementary School, which is under construction.

The district uncovered the line last fall, and there was some debate on which municipality, the town or school district, would be legally responsible for moving it.

The town approval for moving the line is contingent on the district providing an easement for the work.

“The town will pay to have a new replacement line constructed along Spratt Street and will cap the current line at both ends, rendering the current line useless,” said school district spokeswoman Kelly McKinney. “In exchange for the town paying to construct a new line and cap the current line, the school district will grant an easement to the town to locate the new replacement line along Spratt Street.”

The waterline issue wasn’t the only agenda item last week. The council deferred several items to a future meeting, including a rezoning and development agreement for almost 75 acres on Whites Road for Pecan Ridge.

Early plans are for about 200 single-family homes. In October, the town planning commission voted in favor of rezoning, with a development agreement capping the number at 200. More units would be allowed with the new zoning should the developer want townhomes, though according to town staff that isn’t the plan.

The council also deferred an ordinance that would finalize the new overlay for the Fort Mill Southern Bypass. The town began working last February on an overlay outlining how development will take shape along the coming road.

Council rescinded two votes from its Oct. 28 meeting, then voted to re-approve them with minor changes. One dealt with the date when more than 45 acres at 2021 Highway 21 Bypass will be annexed as part of Springfield Meadows. The other extended the annexation date by 30 days for more than 33 acres between Harris and Sutton roads for Sutton Park.

Neither decision changed what’s allowed in the developments.

Initial plans put Springfield Meadows at 80 to 85 single-family homes; the Pulte Group is the developer there. M/I Homes is the developer with Sutton Park.

Bob Wiggins, a Baxter resident and M/I Homes vice president, told the council in October the project will include 93 single-family homes.

The council also voted Jan. 13 to add language to its procurement ordinance encouraging small business, minority- or female-owned business in “becoming active vendors with the town.” The move allows the town ordinance to meet federal grant requirements.

Also at that meeting, Councilman Larry Huntley, winner of the only multicandidate race for council last fall, was elected mayor pro tem.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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