New fee, regulations approved for Evans Towne Center Park

 The Columbia County Com­mis­sion meeting Tuesday was marked by little discussion, quick approvals and an early dismissal in time for the presidential debate.


The commission passed, on second reading, a new fee and rules and regulations structure for Evans Towne Center Park. The document will standardize rental rates for nonprofit, for-profit and public events at the park and Lady Antebellum Pavilion, and also establish rules and regulations for renter obligations and clean-up.

The commission also passed, on second reading, an amendment of boundaries for the Columbia County stormwater utility. The new boundaries now include both developed and undeveloped parcels in the Wrightsboro area outside Grovetown and the Riverwood Plantation area off Washington Road. The undeveloped parcels included were deemed probable targets for development.

A parcel of land near Grove­town High School was rezoned from residential-agricultural to planned unit development, clearing the way for single-family housing that will include a pool, pavilion and greenspace.

The commissioners honored the Friends of the Library with a proclamation recognizing Friends of the Library Week. The nonprofit funds library activities through an ongoing book sale inside the Evans library and other fundraisers. Last year, the group raised about $60,000.

“We see those books and think that’s all it is,” said Com­munity and Leisure Ser­vices Division Director Bar­ry Smith. “But they do a lot of work, and it’s all worthwhile.”