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Neighbors concerned about ditch
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Joe Scott who resides on N. Maple Drive, are concerned about a drainage ditch that’s eroding. - photo by Photo by John Deike
Poisonous snakes, flooding and falling trees are among the concerns a Hinesville resident addressed during a recent Hinesville City Council meeting.
Retiree Joe Scott and his wife, Grasie, who reside on N. Maple Drive, said they, along with their neighbors, are concerned about a drainage ditch that’s eroding.
Joe Scott said the ditch poses many safety risks for the neighborhood because of its steady erosion.
In accordance with the city’s  $15 million stormwater utility project — meant to increase the quality and operability of the water flow — $1 million will go to the improvement of Maple Drive, Mayor Tom Ratcliffe said.
“We will most likely install piping throughout the ditch, which would eliminate the open flow of water behind Maple Drive,” Assistant City Manager Kenny Howard said. “The piping would be covered up and the ditch would be filled to solve the problem.”
In other business:
• Genesis Realty owner Ric Fitzer said plans have changed slightly for a part of the massive Independence development that is now being constructed.
Fitzer has concentrated on reducing the lot size of homes in the Settlement, a portion of Independence lying adjacent to Fort Stewart.
“By reducing the lot size, we can increase the affordability of some of these homes and we can make the neighborhood a more deployable friendly place,” he said.
• The renovation and expansion of the Hinesville City Hall was discussed as well. During the next several months, the council will hear from a number of architectural firms to determine how the facility should be redeveloped and how much it will cost, City Manager Billy Edwards said.
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