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Plan to Vacate Hill Street Delayed Amid Resident Concerns

Councilman rallies support for family whose Lake Swannanoa home burned last week.

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After hearing a citizen's plea to halt a town ordinance that would vacate Hill Street, the Jefferson Township Council agreed to wait until hearing a township engineer's thoughts on potential draining issues at its Feb. 5 meeting before making a decision on the proposed law, AIM Jefferson reported. 

At its Monday meeting, Abbot Drive resident Carolyn Saunders told the governing body that she is afraid vacating Hill Street, which would add 35 feet to her side yard, could worsen an already bad flooding situation. She presented a letter from another property owner who also had concerns over the plan, the article said.

Mayor Russell Felter and the council also sent a message of thanks to the emergency responders and volunteers who helped in the aftermath of the Dec. 28 junkyard fire at Sar’s Auto Wreckers at Schoolhouse Road. Regarding a second fire, in which a  Lake Swannanoa home was destroyed last Saturday, Councilman Michael Sanchelli said people are trying to organize efforts to raise funds to help the affected family, which lost everything in the blaze.

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