By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Cumberland County's Regional Planning Commission tabled taking any action until at least next month regarding a request for the county to take over care and maintenance of two roads adjacent to Food City near Fairfield Glade.
Barry Field of Field's Engineering Consultant Services, LLC attended the meeting representing developer L.E. Smith and made a request that the county and the Cumberland County Highway Department accept Towne Centre Dr. and Towne Centre Way and add them to the county's road list.
"Towne Centre Dr. was looked at before and accepted initially, but Towne Centre Way was not completed and that is the road that runs out to the new (Fairfield Glade First Baptist) church out there," Field said.
None of the committee members remembered discussing Towne Centre Dr. and after some research by county attorney and committee member Randal Boston, it was revealed that the planning commission had reviewed Towne Centre Rd. and it had been signed off by former Cumberland County Road Superintendent Wendell Houston and former Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill in 2008. The road at that point went just to the back of Food City grocery store off Peavine Rd.
However, the committee could not find where any action was taken on accepting the road.
Current Cumberland County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock said, "The only issue I have is that I was not a part of construction of (Towne Centre Way) and I have no idea if it is built to county specs or not. I would have to have a core drill before I would accept it because I don't have a clue as to what's underneath it."
Blaylock said in many cases these subdivisions are being built and the roads are being paved before all the homes are built. Once heavy equipment comes into the area for home construction, the roads get torn up and it's left up to the county to repair the road.
"I'd like for us to work together and the county beef up the regulations on roads someday," Blaylock said.
Field said he felt the road was definitely built to county specs.
In order for a road to be adopted by the county, it has to be accepted by the planning commission, environmental committee and then the county commission. Prior to that the county highway department superintendent must sign off on the plans and submit a letter to the planning commission or county stating the road is built to the county's specifications.
"We need to abide by our policy and check into this more and allow Scott (Blaylock) a chance to check into it, too," said 6th District Commissioner Larry Allen.
Also questioned was future expansion of Towne Centre Rd. Towne Centre Way ends in a dead end, rather than a cul-de-sac, which is required for a turn around for emergency responder vehicles.
"We'd like for the whole thing to be accepted. I don't see any expansion of Towne Centre Dr. because the land is too rough farther out back there. That curve was repaired up to specs," Field said.
Community Planner Tommy Lee with the Upper Cumberland Development District recommended tabling action until next month.
"There's just too many questions at this point to even consider it this evening," Lee said.
The committee unanimously agreed to table the issue until at least next month in order to do more research over the matter.
Simple subdivisions were approved for six families.
Committee members Russell Smith and Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner, did not attend the meeting.