The Richmond Register

November 27, 2013

Fiscal Court hears proposed changes to subdivision regulations

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

MADISON COUNTY — The Madison Fiscal Court Tuesday morning heard the first reading of an ordinance recommended by the county planning commission to revise subdivision development regulations.

Judge/Executive Kent Clark said the ordinance would enlarge the letters of credit that subdivision developers use to guarantee completion of their work

Clark said the ordinance is needed because the letters of credit for some failed developers were insufficient, and the county ended up paying to complete streets and other infrastructure.

If passed, the ordinance also would require developers to install the final layer of blacktop on subdivision streets at an earlier stage. Current regulations require blacktop surface layers be put down when the development is 75 percent complete so heavy equipment won’t be driving over the final layer. However, if a developer fails before a project is 75 percent, the final layer may not be added unless the county pays for it, officials have said in previous discussions of the issue.

In other business, the court:

• Hired Joshua Mink as a full-time employee in the Solid Waste Department.

• Hired Terry Holman as a communication officer for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.

• Hired Henry Reed and Jerry Dickinson as workers in the Road Department.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.