New London mulling new subdivision
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — The City of New London is looking at adding a new subdivision.
At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the council discussed subdividing the city-owned property at the intersection of South Pine Street and West Adams Street into residential lots.
“We had a lot of people talking to us about this, but we had the idea that if we came up with something — this is kind of what we want to have — put it out there on our website, advertise it, see if we’ve really got people interested or if we’ve just got people talking before we start dumping a lot of money into it,” said Councilman Kirk Miller. “If we’ve got new sewer and new streets sitting there but with nobody on them, kind of like a windmill with no wind.”
The council has a preliminary plan drawn up for the land north of Casey’s, and City Clerk Kasi Howard said that they have talked about doing the project in phases with two or three different zones, but the details have not been worked out.
The council also needs to figure out how to market the subdivision to attract homeowners to build there.
At the next city council meeting on June 4, they will be looking at what has been done in other cities to see what will be the best practice to implement in New London. They will be getting this information from the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, and Executive Vice President Kiley Miler, who was present at the meeting, said he would also do a market analysis within the county to see what other subdivisions the City of New London would be competing against.
During the public forum portion of the meeting, the council heard from resident Tracy Trejo, who is concerned about the enforcement of laws in the city.
“It doesn’t appear that they take any of my calls seriously over in the neighborhood, and they’re creating a hostile environment for me to run my business in,” said Trejo. “The neighbors haven’t been prosecuted on anything that I’ve ever called them about.”
Trejo said that in the last incident there were rocks thrown at his building, and the behavior has continued.
“The parents weren’t subjected to anything, so now I’ve got the kids that are all just running around laughing at me and throwing rocks at me, so what do we do about that?” said Trejo.
“I can’t even get a police report that says that my roof was damaged,” continued Trejo, who said he needs it for insurance purposes.
“Basically, I want this on record so I can build a case,” said Trejo.
Mayor Ron Sadler commented that it will now be on record. When Police Chief John Chaney asked if he and Officer Ryan Wilka could respond, Sadler said it could be discussed at the public safety committee meeting.
Resident Linda Smith also addressed the council concerning adding a curb to West Lincoln Street.
Smith said that there is a hump in the middle of the road in front of her street, so water runs down into her yard.
“The water’s coming into my yard, which is then affecting my foundation, making my sump pump run, and there is no storm drain anywhere close,” said Smith.
Smith voiced her support in favor of a burn ban for the city and expressed a safety concern over kids leaving the park and not looking for traffic before running into the street.
The council also heard an update from Henry County Emergency Management Coordinator Walt Jackson on his department’s activities and received an annual report on the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance from Kiley Miller.
In other business, the council:
- Approved a resolution to authorize the temporary closing of a the 100 block of West Main Street on July 13 for a veterans’ fundraiser street dance.
- Voted to amend the city’s subdivision and planning ordinance to include property line adjustments. There will be a public hearing held on June 4.
- Voted against purchasing a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police interceptor from Jim Cordes Motors for $7,625 after trade-in. The vote was three to two, with councilmen Dan Berner and Mark Hempen voting in favor of the purchase. - Held a public hearing and approved a resolution to amend the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget.
- Held a public hearing and approved a resolution for the mayor and city clerk to enter into a agreement with Danville State Savings Bank for a loan with a principal amount not to exceed $150,000 for the purchase of a 2007 Spartan pumper/tanker truck.
- Approved reinvesting capital improvement funds in a 12-month CD with a 1 percent interest rate at Danville State Savings Bank.
- Approved sending out a request for proposals for an audit and/or examination of fiscal year 2012-2013.