Town surrenders easement for Dollar General
Berwick Town Council members discussed the release of right-of-way for a proposed Dollar General store, problems with garbage pickup, and an update from the police chief about the recent seat-belt enforcement program.
“The Town of Berwick obtained a 100-foot right of way for utility and drainage along Hwy. 182 from Berwick Land Company years ago,” town attorney Allen McElroy Jr. said.
“Dollar General is asking for a release of 50-feet of that right of way. I’ve had the mayor and the engineers investigate to see if we release that 50 feet if we’d have enough room with the 50 feet remaining to access all the way to Thorguson Drive if there was development along there, and they tell us we’d have that capability with that 50 feet.”
The council will vote at a later date whether or not to approve the release, but the release is also contingent upon the sale of the land being made.
“The sale is pending and the owner, Berwick LLC, now has authority to make the transfer, which I would expect will be done shortly,” McElroy said after the meeting.
In other business, Ginger Haase of Jones Street spoke about the problems with garbage pickup in her area.
“They’ve been missing a lot of pickups,” she told the council.
Mayor Louis Ratcliff said that there have been some employee problems and that his garbage has not been picked up either.
In other business, Chief James Richard of the Berwick Police Department updated the council on the department’s recent enforcement of seat belt laws.
“We performed approximately 100 hours of overtime enforcement funded by the highway safety commission, and we wrote approximately 74 tickets for seat belts,” he said.
“It’s a $25 fine, it’s a minimal cost. It’s more of an awareness program, basically, rather than taxing people. It’s just to make them aware that you need to be safe, especially in the summertime when everyone is out.”
In other business, the council also voted to hold public hearings in July for adjusted millage rates for 2012 and drainage fees.