Hendersonville Lightning: Reversing old majority again, village opposes sale of parkland for road

From the Hendersonville Lightning online:

Bolstering its opposition to the Highland Lake Road project, the Flat Rock Village Council voted on Thursday to oppose the sale of parkland for the road widening project. The Village Council took the action on a 4-3 vote just six hours before the Hendersonville City Council was expected to recommend for or against the project and two weeks before a crucial vote by the French Broad MPO on the Village Council’s request to cancel the project. The council’s action would seem to strengthen the Village Council’s firewall against the project by making public acquisition of right-of-way for the project more contentious and time-consuming. . .

Given votes of the Flat Rock Village Council on Dec. 12 and again on Dec. 30 to ask the NCDOT to cancel the project, the village “declines to enter into any agreement to sell or convey any village-owned property, including land that is part of the Park at Flat Rock, to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for purposes of the North Highland Lake Road project,” said the motion by board member Anne Coletta. “As owners and stewards of the Park at Flat Rock, we intend to protect this critical resource of our village.”. . .

The council’s action “is dealing with property inside the village,” Coletta responded. “It doesn’t affect Spartanburg Highway (in the Hendersonville city boundaries) and it doesn’t affect the county.” The refusal to sell land is only logical, she added, because “as a council we have taken a stance that we would like the project abandoned.”

Council member David Dethero said the council needed to make known its opposition to a willing sale of the land before other local bodies or the French Broad MPO vote. . .

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