A local developer will be allowed to continue building homes in the new Elias Station subdivision thanks to support from at least three McDuffie County commissioners.
Arthur Grimaud had been told earlier that he was supposed to have followed specific guidelines when he built two new homes in the subdivision with hardi-board as opposed to bricking them.
The matter, which has become controversial between commissioners of late, reached a conclusion during a commission meeting held at the courthouse last Tuesday night in Thomson.
Commissioner Paul McCorkle, who along with Commission Vice-Chairman Sammie Wilson Sr., recently saw the two new homes and talked with Mr. Grimaud about possible solutions, addressed the full commission board during the meeting.
In lieu of removing the hardi-board from the new homes, Mr. McCorkle said he and Mr. Wilson were recommending the following options:
The back of the rear yard of lot eight is to be cleared, graded and seeded;
Leland Cypress trees are to be planted along the rear property line at 20 feet on center. Such trees are to be a minimum of three inches in diameter at common grade level;
Additionally, six trees are to be planted -- two each in the front yard and two each on the side of the homes' yards. The trees are specified in the landscaping section of the new subdivision design guidelines; and
Lots 9 through 11 and 1 through 6 are to be cleared -- rubbish disposed of in an approved manner, fine grated and seeded with rye grass.
After those requirements have been met, the remaining four homes of the total six are to meet the following guidelines:
The first two homes must be brick;
The third home can be of stone and hardi-board; and
The fourth home must be brick.
A motion was formally made by Commissioner McCorkle allowing Mr. Grimaud to continue with his project provided he meets the new stipulations. The motion was seconded by Mr. Wilson.
The two received support from fellow Commissioner Bill Jopling when it came time to cast a vote concerning the motion. The lone opposition vote came from the Rev. Frederick Favors.
Although he complimented Mr. McCorkle and Mr. Wilson for attempting to resolve the matter, the Rev. Favors chastised the board for allowing exceptions to adopted guidelines as leaving too much room for inequities.
Chairman Charlie Newton recently was critical of Mr. Grimaud's practice of trying to get things done his way as opposed to following requirements.