Construction to soon begin on new park

By Clint Parker

Woodfin – Members of the Woodfin Board of Aldermen heard an update presentation on the developments with the new Silver-Line Park at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening (Oct. 15).

The site plan for Woodfin’s new Silver-Line Park was presented at the regular town meeting of the aldermen.
The site plan for Woodfin’s new Silver-Line Park was presented at the regular town meeting of the aldermen.

David Tuch of Equinox, an environmental consulting, planning, and design firm, along with members of his staff and Josh O’Conner, director of Buncombe County Park and Rec. Department made the presentation to the board.

The presentation included a review of the differences in current plans from the original master plans, site plans, and a report that 30 percent of the preliminary work was done. According to Tuch, construction would soon begin on a pavilion, boat trailer parking, boat ramp, trailhead parking, playground and train depot.

In other actions by the board, the aldermen appointed four residents to the planning and zoning board of adjustments as members and alternates. The members include Jay Grimmett and Patrizia Hoffman and the alternates were Mike Molling and Lee Bell.

The board also passed a resolution affirming the board’s support regarding the implementation of a compliant MS4 Stormwater program.
The MS4 program, “is the program that requires every municipality to obtain and maintain a stormwater discharge permit,” explained Woodfin Town Administrator Jason Young. “As the town is a municipality and owns some stormwater infrastructure, we are required to participate, although, for many years now, the issuance of Stormwater permits in the Town of Woodfin has been handed over to our friends at Buncombe County.”

He went on to tell the Tribune, “This is largely a record-keeping issue and will be resolved within the required time frame.” If the town failed to comply, Young said the town could be fined. Asked what agency would issue such a fine, he said, “Issuer of fines, in this case, would be the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. There are currently no fines applied to the Town of Woodfin.”

The board was also informed of a newly hired evidence custodian, Ricayla Harris and the board accepted as a bid of $47,500 from Appalachian Sitework to do grading for the new Silver-Line Park. The board is awaiting additional bids.

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