Water run–off plan concerns Buckhead neighborhood
By Kathryn Purcell
Buckhead Station, a proposed development to be located off of Oconee Road, became the topic of close scrutiny as Buckhead residents expressed their concern over the subdivision at last Monday's Buckhead Town Council meeting.
Discussion centered around the proposed plan for water runoff from the subdivision, according to Buckhead Mayor Ricky Walker.
"The citizens whose land borders the [Buckhead Station] property were concerned about the water runoff," Walker said. "They were basically concerned about [the] water and how it was going to run over their land."
In addressing citizens' concerns, Buckhead Station developer Greg Staffings expounded on the retention ponds laid out in the development's drawings, according to Walker.
"The containment ponds will contain the majority of the water and will let it run off slowly," Walker said. "It will be going through original drainage ditches to natural drainage corridors."
According to Walker, concerned residents weren't completely satisfied with the explanation, but the development is within the regulations set forth by the state's Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
In other news, Linda Thoman of Keep Morgan County Beautiful discussed restoration of the Buckhead Town Hall. Currently, Thoman is working with Morgan County Senior Planner Allison Moon to get estimates from two restoration companies in regards to the cost of the project, according to Town Clerk Kim Jones.
Also, Oconee Well Drillers checked Buckhead's water levels last month, Jones said. According to reports, the water levels were normal; however, Oconee Well Drillers did make recommendations on fixing the town's well house.