Waynesville tends to business
Waynesville packed a lot of business into its Nov. 26 meeting.
In addition to two public hearings which included the amended controversial sign ordinance which was adopted after much discussion, and the North Main Street Complete Streets proposal which was accepted but not adopted, the board also learned from Town Manager Marcy Onieal that:
• Selective logging of white pines at the town watershed begins next week and will result in more truck traffic on Allens Creek Road.
• This is part of the Watershed Forest Management program.
• Verizon has decided not to pursue placing a cell tower near the Dutch Fisher Ball Field and Hazelwood Park. It will instead try to work with Haywood County Schools to place the needed tower on Waynesville Middle School property.
• The developer of the Hyatt Trace housing project on Hyatt Creek will revert to the town's initial offer of a $106,000 loan instead of a waiver of water and sewer taps because it is increasing the number of units from 64 to 80.
Mayor Gavin Brown said the town is willing to work with any developer who comes forward with similar proposals.
•Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed and District Attorney Michael Bonfoey will meet after Thanksgiving for an update on sweepstakes machines.
•The Howell Mill Road project is ready to go to bid, and Waynesville has been invited by NCDOT to weigh in on the design of the bridge.
• The town is saving money with its Sidewalk Trip-Hazard repair program as it can now replace individual panels of sidewalks as they are needed.
Precision Safe Sidewalks is working with the town on this project.
• The town's personnel policy, Article X, Sections 1-2 was amended to mirror the state's holiday schedule of 12 paid holidays for employees.