REDFIELD – City Attorney Margaret Dobson agreed Tuesday night to research the definition of a rural subdivision for the Redfield Planning Commission in an effort to resolve differences over a residential development adjacent to the city's F.P. Baugh Park.
REDFIELD – City Attorney Margaret Dobson agreed Tuesday night to research the definition of a rural subdivision for the Redfield Planning Commission in an effort to resolve differences over a residential development adjacent to the city’s F.P. Baugh Park.
Commissioner James “Smitty” Smith, a former alderman, said ownership of the street right-of-way around the two watershed lakes in the park has been in dispute for since the lakes were constructed about 1979. City officials thought the municipality owned the streets, he added, and regularly maintained the unpaved street.
After the developers acquired a large tract around the lakes, ownership of the right-of-way by the city was disputed.
Attorney Perry Y. Young of Benton told the commission Tuesday that of 50 platted lots in the first phase of the development, only 10 have been sold, and the developers have agreed to convey the roadway involved in the dispute with the municipality with the city paving the street and granting other concessions, including approval of replatting smaller lots in the second phase and eliminating the requirement for a sewage system.
The economy and high development costs for installing water lines, sewer, paving the street, curbs, gutters and other improvements required for lots in an urban subdivision were cited as the reason for offering to dedicate the road right of way.
The smaller lots would utilize septic tanks, subject to approval by the Arkansas Department of Health, commissioners were told, if the variances are approved.
Chairman Jim Ferguson and several commissioners raised questions about installing septic tanks and indicated they might take no action on the request for variances, denied earlier this year, when Dobson agreed to do the legal research.
No indication was given on when the commission would meet again to consider the requested variances.
Lots in the first phase are still served by the city’s water and sewer syetems.
In other action Tuesday, the commission agreed to approve the temporary placement of two 12- by 50-foot trailers on Sheridan Road east of Interstate 530 for Interstate Highway Construction Inc., for a major upgrade of the interstate in the Redfield area.
The action limited the use of the trailers for office purposes for 15 months, but would ban the storage of equipment and materials on the property. Permission also included the use of portable toilets and required underpinning of the trailers.