Gatewood residents want to continue with designed plan for entrance


During a public meeting of Gatewood subdivision residents held Tuesday night, a vote showed almost all of those attending perferred to continue with the project “as designed” rather than convert a temporary roadway to the main entrance.

Mayor Mack Durham said town officials wanted a consensus among the residents in order to pass a resolution at their next meeting, stating the residents preference for the project.

Durham said the Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) had indicated they could continue with the project to replace the current entrance with an upgraded design or they could pave the temporary entranceway that was recently constructed and make it the main entrance.

Under the second option, the old entrance would be abandoned. However truck traffic to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) would continue through the subdivision, according to the mayor.

The temporary roadway was recently constructed to allow residents a way into and out of the subdivision while the new culvert bridge is being built.

Estimated construction time is more than 18 months due to required permitting that is being delayed due to missing FEMA floodplain statistics.

The issue of 18-wheel trucks entering the subdivision to dump leachate from the Anderson Regional Landfill into the town’s Waste Water Treatment Plant was briefly discussed, however Mayor Durham said he wanted to keep the Tuesday night meeting focused on the entranceway options. The leachate truck issue will be addressed at a later time, he indicated.

When the vote indicating the preference of the residents was taken at the end of the meeting, Councilman Rockey Burgess asked for a third vote on having the town look into the possiblity of having a designated pipe for the leachate trucks to dump into. The vote on that option by residents was also almost unanimous.

Williamston Town Council will meet next Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. They are expected to present a resolution based on the meeting tonight. The resolution will be sent to the ACTC for guidance on the project.