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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Supervisors approve replat of Prairie Lakes

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS | Jul 28, 2014

“Not trying to give you any gray hairs over this,” Supervisor Dick Reed told Jefferson County resident Thomas Farr this morning. “I think we both have a few.”

After its decision last week to table Farr’s request to replat Prairie Lakes Subdivision Phase 2, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors approved Farr’s request on a 2-0 vote. Supervisors Reed and Lee Dimmitt voted in favor. Becky Schmitz was absent.

Farr revised the drawing of the subdivision from the prior week, widening the road from 16 feet to 36 feet and adding a turn-about to allow emergency vehicles access to the area, something Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughn requested.

“I’d like to see growth in the right places; I don’t see a problem for the county,” Reed said.

Jefferson County engineer Scott Cline said the city initially approved Farr’s original request and that the addition of the turn-about, which would add approximately two more blocks, would not be a problem.

Reed said he wanted to see it happen but to make sure that everything went smoothly, as there are new construction projects popping up in that area all of the time. He added that there are no guarantees that every new construction in that area will be a private residence, so that adequate emergency access would be important.

“They can build anything that they want out there.” Reed said.

He added that they would move forward and see what happened.

Farr originally petitioned the city about the Prairie Lakes replat nearly two months ago.

In other news, Cline reported that a ditch on 105th Street was recently repaired and that the drainage work on the county shed is complete.

The projected start date for paving 185th Street is Aug. 7. Cline said the road would be closed to through traffic for about five days until crews were finished paving the road and shoulders.

Recently, crews striped the road near the public health building.

“They did a beautiful job,” Reed said.

However, there was some discrepancy as to who would be responsible for footing the bill on the project. Additionally, the resurfacing of the building’s parking lot is also being considered.

Jefferson County spent $27,000 of its $88,000 grant awarded by the Regional Housing Trust Fund Grant on residential rehabilitation. It also spent $7,500 for Habitat for Humanity. The balance of the $88,000 went to general relief.

“We are just about out of money for the 2013 grant,” said Dimmitt. “We were a little concerned, but it’s going well.”

He added that the 2014 grant would be awarded shortly.

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