Homeowners in the Legacy Lakes subdivision appealed to the Aberdeen Town Board on Monday, looking for assistance to improve conditions in their community.
Bruce Parker presented a petition of 120 signatures from residents who oppose any plans by developers to build a sales trailer at the site. McKee Homes, one of four builders associated with the planned community, had submitted a proposal for a trailer for Board review, but that item was pulled from the agenda prior to the meeting.
The 400-acre private community consists of 600 home sites, a golf course, clubhouse and tennis facility. Building is currently restricted to Phase 1; however, approved plans include two additional phases of development.
“We want to go on record that we are opposed to a sales trailer in our community, now and in the future,” Parker said. “We are not interested in a trailer period.”
“This is one of many issues we are having in our community. It has been our desire to work in a constructive and cooperative manner with our management team but we have not been able to do it,” he said.
The petition presented to the Town Board included photographs of several areas of concern by residents. Specifically, Parker cited erosion and silt in lake water because of land clearing and construction, failure to provide adequate screening and landscape maintenance, community appearance complaints, trash issues, and violations of noise ordinances with development work being conducted on Sundays and holidays.
Quarterly homeowner association meetings are held but have not been productive, he said.
“We do not feel we are being represented correctly...We have raised these concerns for eighteen months with no measurable improvement,” Parker said. “We believe we represent a substantive tax base for the city. As constituents, we are asking our council and board to help.”
Later in the meeting during a discussion of repaving work in Aberdeen, concerns about Legacy Lakes were renewed by Parker and also Commissioner Ken Byrd.
Byrd cautioned that roads and a small bridge in the community were showing wear-and-tear caused by heavy construction vehicles. The paved roads, once approved as complete, then fall under the town’s perpetual maintenance program.
“Everything comes through one entrance [including heavy construction vehicles,” Byrd said. “Up in the circle, because of the way vehicles move, it is tearing up the pavement. We need to look hard and talk hard about the need for a construction entrance for Phase 2 and Phase 3.”
“I don’t want the town to buy a pig in a poke. We accept the roads and then we’re going to be stuck repairing them since they are getting torn up,” he said.
Planning Director Pam Graham said she would review the petition and photographs presented by Parker on behalf of homeowners, and present her findings to the Town Board. In addition, she will review what flexibility the town may have to require a construction entrance to avoid further damage to existing paved areas.
In other discussion, the Town Board:
* Offered written support for a proposed Montesorri charter school in Aberdeen. The plan is being developed by Peggy Johnson, a 30-year educator, and Katie Stewart Rucker for a K-6 school with a private preschool component. A specific location has not been identified for the proposed school. If the state approves the charter school application, an initial roster of four classrooms [90 students] could begin meeting as early as Fall 2019.
The Montessori education style is a more “gentle form of education,” Johnson said. There are no desks. Instead children work at tables individually or in small groups, in classrooms that span three years of age. Rather than restricted to grade levels, work can adapted to each child to work at an advanced or slower pace, as needed.
* Heard from Gladys McNeill, concern that approval conditions were not being followed for a new Habitat for Humanity community of 9-homes in the Broadway area. McNeill said in April and May discussions before the Board, she was promised a privacy fence along her property line and that homes would be restricted to one-story structures. McNeill said since then, Habitat has indicated that fencing would be limited to the section immediately behind her house and that multi-story homes were possible.
Planning Director Pam Graham said no house plans have yet been submitted for the subdivision.
“I will pull the minutes and review discussions from our previous meetings. Anything that was part of the conditions of approval, I will make sure they are met,” she said.
* Heard from Norman McQueen, concern that a sewer line easement on his property was not being maintained as expected. Weeds grow where bushes were removed to install a raised manhole.
“The town is coming in every three years to mow weeds. It looks really horrible in my yard,” he said. “If you could come in and plant grass, we’ll maintain in. But if you leave it as is, it looks terrible”
Harold Watts, with the town’s public works department, said he had met with the McQueen family. He apologized for the problem and said he was developing a mowing plan that mapped out areas for regularly scheduled maintenance.