ZACHARY — Dollar General should not be required to install paved access linking its proposed store at 20131 Plank Road with a Shell gasoline station and an empty lot, the store’s real estate representative told the City Council on Tuesday.
Sam Evans said that while Dollar General is not against such connectivity, it wants assurances that maintenance and access would be fair.
“All we’re saying is if you had a house and shared a driveway with your neighbors, you’d want an agreement to share the cost. That’s reasonable,” Evans said.
Councilman Tommy Womack’s motion to approve the plans without the connections died for lack of a second.
The council voted 4-1 to approve existing plans that include the connections. Mayor David Amrhein said that the council would meet with company representatives and revisit the issue at the next council meeting.
Womack cast the dissenting vote.
“You all can start work tomorrow if you want to connect,” Amrhein said. “Otherwise, this will delay your permit.”
Other issues the council considered included:
BOND TRACT REZONING: The council voted unanimously to rezone lot 3A1 of the Lucille W. Bond tract from Residential Estate, which requires lots to be a minimum of three acres, to Residential Suburban, allowing lots as small as 12,000 square feet.
An engineer hired by the developer determined that a lift station would be required to connect the proposed subdivision to the existing sewer lines due to the land elevation,
developer Donald Hunt Jr. said.
It would be more cost-effective to build individual sewer treatment plants, he said.
Charles L. Miller, who lives north of the lots, said that the proposed subdivision would lower his property values.
Maple Street resident Kevin Boreman expressed concern about drainage from the sewage treatment plants.
“I’m worried that we could have raw sewage running down the street if there is a lot of rain,” Boreman said.
“None of the subdivisions I have built in the city have been a detriment to the community,” Hunt replied.
Amrhein said that he trusts Hunt’s word. “Don has always been a good partner with our city,” the mayor said. “This city is changing. We have to accept it.”
SEWER LINES: The council voted unanimously to go ahead with plans to move sewer lines along Barnett Road to make way for a city-parish project to put in a sewer force main line.