Committee Meeting for June 10, 2003
present: J.V. Huffman Jr. (Chair),
Lanny Hartsoe, Dean McGinnis, Trent Cloninger,
Ricky Young and Jerry Setzer.
Members absent: Glenn Pattishall, Todd Clark, Margaret Garrison, Christopher Niver, Linda Moose, Charles Connor III and Jeff Murray.
Staff present: Jacky Eubanks, Mary George, Connie Killian and Rich Hoffman from the Catawba County Planning Department; Anthony Starr and John Kenny, consultants from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG).
Chair J.V. Huffman called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM in the Claremont City Hall. The minutes from the May 13, 2003 meeting were approved.
Mr. Kenny discussed the results from the Community Meeting. Even though there were only 11 citizens in attendance, it was a good showing considering the size of the SAP. The main issues identified by those in attendance were public services, roads, schools, recreation and elderly issues.
committee discussed the recommended Transportation Guiding Principles.
They agreed to add the following:
Ms. George mentioned that NCDOT is in the process of creating a third district in Division 12 that will include only Catawba and Lincoln Counties. The new district office, if it is approved in the State budget, will be located in Hickory. Currently Catawba is grouped within a three county district and neither a district nor division office is located in Catawba County. The new district should aid in representation for Catawba County issues.
Mr. Starr reviewed a Transportation base map on display. The map showed proposed bike routes (sign identification, not bike lanes which are roads with extra pavement width), traffic counts, and existing and proposed thoroughfares.
The Committee then began developing its specific transportation recommendations:
Mr. McGinnis noted that Claremont is discussing the industrial potential for the property south of I-40 adjacent to the parcels mentioned by Ms. George. Currently sewer is not available.
Ms. George asked the committee if they wanted to consider sidewalk requirements. She noted that other SAP’s have addressed this and have varying recommendations. Ideas include sidewalks along the subdivision’s road frontage when on major thoroughfares and on one side of the main entrance road within the subdivision. The committee did not have any defining recommendations regarding sidewalks at this time. Mr. McGinnis cautioned building sidewalks too close to existing road pavement. This can cause needless construction repairs to sidewalks when roads are widened. Other committee members cautioned that homeowners would ultimately pay for the cost of sidewalks.
committee then discussed driveway standards for collector roads.
These standards would be similar to the Sherrills Ford and Balls Creek
SAPs where a driveway would at least 12 feet wide for the first 20 feet
of length with a 3-foot turn radii. Roads identified were:
A suggestion was also made to create a “Welcome to Historic Catawba County” display at the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge location. Other suggestions included trying to secure a TEA-21 grant for the greenway connecting the I-40 Rest Area and Bunker Hill Covered Bridge site, and grants for a greenway connection along Lyle Creek from the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge site to the Town of Catawba’s City Park and then on to the Catawba River.
Other suggested Transportation recommendations included:
Speed limit reductions were discussed but no recommendations were made at this time.
The next meeting will focus on land use. This meeting is scheduled for July 8th at 7:00 PM at Claremont City Hall.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.