Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Town Finance Committee voted unanimously to rescind the Fripp Lane extension at its meeting Tuesday morning.
Although Mayor Bill Collins announced last month the Town would stop pursuing the extension after the residents of the area protested to the council incessantly, the vote to remove the $50,000 earmarked for the project made the intention official.
The Fripp Lane extension would have connected the Weatherstone and Palmetto Park communities.
The issues surrounding the extension were public safety: while council’s goal was to provide area residents with a second emergency exit, Weatherstone residents protested the construction in droves, saying it would cause public safety problems in their subdivision.
The subdivision residents addressed the council twice, at its August and October meetings, to protest the extension. Their concerns included increased traffic and speeding, decreased safety for playing children, and the high levels of crime in Palmetto Park the extension would invite into Weatherstone.
They also presented the council with a 450-signature petition in opposition to the construction.
Weatherstone got the Town to stop extension once before, when it was originally proposed in 2010. Their protests were so overwhelming the council voted to table the motion.
Town Councilman Terry Jenkins, who represents the area, made the motion to rescind at the committee meeting. The committee consists of all members of Town Council.
Councilman Aaron Brown seconded the motion, calling this, “A victory for the people.”