Public input sought on future of former Thorndale Country Club

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

OXFORD — At its meeting Tuesday, the Oxford Board of Commissioners approved public hearings on issues that could affect the future of the former Thorndale Country Club.

Save Thorndale Inc., which acquired the club, requested changes that will require public hearings before commissioners can act on them.

One such hearing will give the public a chance to speak about a proposal to create a new zoning classification: neighborhood commercial.

Four public hearings will deal with requests to rezone portions of the former country club, which currently are classified for residential or agricultural uses. Save Thorndale requested:

• A 10.54-acre area with the clubhouse building to be rezoned to neighborhood commercial. Save Thorndale indicated it is interested in putting a meeting and banquet facility there.

• A 13.17-acre area adjoining the Oxford Outer Loop to be rezoned to highway business to make it open to business development.

• A 15.5-acre area to be rezoned to family residential. Save Thorndale is considering developing the area for apartments.

• A 1.8-acre area to be rezoned to family residential.

All five public hearings will be during the board’s Aug. 12 regular session.

In other business, the board awarded a contract to Bryan’s Clearing and Grading Inc. to remove storm debris from the Oxford wastewater treatment plant, where it was taken after the ice storm that hit the area in March. The amount of the contract is $70,901, which will be reimbursed to the city by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Commissioners adopted a resolution accepting a little less than $3.05 million from the revolving loan fund of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The funds will be used to cover the previously approved Wastewater Treatment Plant Equalization Tank Project contract with H.G. Reynolds Company. The resolution amended one adopted Aug. 13, 2013, that was found to have insufficient funds to cover the project.

On the recommendation of the planning board, the commissioners voted to rezone 15 acres of city-owned property on Williamsboro Street from general industrial to office and institutional.

During public comment, Oxford resident Dee LaRaia said there is a problem with litter after events involving street closings.

Mayor Jackie Sergent asked the city manager, Randy Hemann, what policies are in place to ensure Oxford remains tidy.

“Do we give them any information about clean-up requirements?” she said.

At the moment, he said, there aren’t any.

“Currently we do not have any requirements,” Hemann replied. “We’re working on a policy. We’ll bring it to you next month.”

In other actions, the board:

• On a 4-3 vote, amended the Historic Preservation Ordinance for clarity. Commissioners C.J. Harris, Quon Bridges and Patricia Fields cast the dissenting votes. The State Preservation office recommended the change.

• Adopted a resolution of intent to annex 10.61 acres that formerly served as a landfill. The resolution calls for a public hearing at the board’s Aug. 12 meeting.

• Approved a code of conduct for the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department.

• Presented the yard-of-the-month award to Lynne and Mel Dennis of 101 E. Thorndale Drive.


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