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Columbia County Commission approves stormwater expansion and park procedures

Posted: October 16, 2012 - 7:08pm  |  Updated: October 21, 2012 - 12:11am

Columbia County commissioners on Tuesday approved new fees for use of Evans Towne Center Park and expanded the area covered by the stormwater utility.

A resolution approving a new fee, rules and regulations structure for the Evans Towne Center Park will standardize rental rates for nonprofit, for-profit and open-to-public events at the park and Lady Antebellum Pavilion, as well as establish rules for renter obligations and clean-up.

The Board also gave unanimous final approval to larger boundaries for the Columbia County stormwater utility. The new boundaries now include both developed and undeveloped parcels in the Wrightsboro area outside Grovetown and the Riverwood Plantation area off Washington Road. The undeveloped parcels included are considered probable targets for development.

Commissioners rezoned a parcel of land near Grovetown High School from Residential-Agricultural to Planned Unit Development, clearing the way for a development of single-family housing that will include a pool, pavilion and greenspace.

The commissioners also took a moment to honor the Friends of the Library with a proclamation recognizing Friends of the Library Week. The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that funds library activities through an ongoing book sale inside the Evans branch library and various fund-raising events. Last year the Friends raised approximately $60,000.

“Everyone sees those books and thinks that’s all it is,” said Community and Leisure Services Division Director Barry Smith. “But they do a lot of work and it’s all worthwhile.”

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