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Stormwater service area, medical facilities discussed

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 6:04pm  |  Updated: October 6, 2012 - 11:02pm

Population increases led a pair of decisions at Tuesday’s Columbia County Commission meeting.

To meet the needs of people living near the Riverwood development in Evans and in the Wrightsboro Road area near Grovetown, a proposal was made to extend the stormwater service area to include approximately 673 additional parcels of property. It was the first reading of the resolution and all commissioners present – Commissioner Trey Allen was in Atlanta on state business – approved. The resolution will be read a second time at the Oct. 16 meeting.

The commission also approved a letter of support regarding proposed plans by both Doctors Hospital and University Health Care System for an emergency health facility in Columbia County. The letter would be sent to the Georgia Department of Community Health, which determines the need for such facilities.

“It’s a real addition to have any medical facilities, whether it’s this one or not, in Columbia County,” said Commission Chairman Ron Cross.

Columbia County is the only county in Georgia with a population exceeding 70,000 that does not have a dedicated emergency care facility.

Other issues discussed at the commission meeting included an honorary sign designating Allen Drive in Marshall Square as TaxSlayer Drive and the approval of a new rate and rental agreement for Evans Towne Center Park, bringing rates in line with similar facilities in the market.

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Its something that has to be done.

But by whom? Developers and contractors who are obsessed with urban sprawl and making millions? Or the individual homeowner who is directed to structures build in the Little Kiokee Creek swamp? Oh well. Now we know why two lots, side by side, same size, and one sells for $45K and the other $15K. A $350K plus house will be built on both. Both are in prestigious Riverwood Plantation. The $15K lot is in the Little Kiokee Creek swamp. More to come in Euchee Creek flood plain along the new William Few Pkwy extension.

But who cares? Do you have a solution? Or is this just uniformed citizens complaining?

Word is that CC developers and politicos did not realize the need for storm drainage/infrastructure in the 1970's. The flight to CC was hidden in the number of new home sales. Obviously not in the 1980's. And definitely in 1990 when we had what looked to be the hundred year flood. Now we see the need for engineering urban sprawl and its sphalt/concrete impermeable surfaces.

An engineer knows exactly how much runoff there will be from 1 inch of rain per square foot on concrete/asphalt highways, bridges, driveways, patios, decks and gravel.

Where are the mandatory detention ponds for businesses, the one foot above grade housing foundations and the super sewer blowout truck?