Gatewood public meeting tonight

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Public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 pm

A follow up meeting with residents of the Gatewood community is planned for Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30 pm. at the Williamston Municipal Center. All Gatewood community residents are urged to attend to ask questions about the project and make their desires known.

Anderson County Transportation officials and engineers along with others involved in the project are being invited to the special meeting according to Williamston Mayor Mack Durham.

During a meeting with residents of the Gatewood subdivision last Tuesday, Durham proposed two options to deal with a problem that is being delayed by FEMA. According to Durham, the project is being delayed because of a missing FEMA floodplain map required to proceed with the necessary permits to reconstruct the entrance to the subdivision.

Durham proposed the option of paving the temporary entrance and making it the main entrance to the subdivision. Durham said the option would allow additional funding to possible pave streets in the subdivision since the paving option would be considerably less than the $480,000 estimated cost to reconstruct the entrance. However, Durham also said that trucks would continue to use that entrance to access the WWTP.

Durham said with the required permitting process, and FEMA missing map, the project may take an additional twelve to eighteen months and could take as long as two years. Durham said the town may have to pay for the required 100 year floodplain maps at a cost of $35,000.

Durham said town officials wanted to hear from more Gatewood residents on what they would like to see done about the problem before making a decision.

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Sept. 8).