Revised jail plans approved

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2007

A crowded agenda kept commission members on their toes Monday night at the Greenville Planning Commission Monday night at City Hall.

A major piece of new business was the approval of revised plans for the new Butler County Jail. Mike Rutland said recommendations had been taken from City Inspector Eddie Anderson and his staff concerning the revisal.

Plans for the Walnut St. site, which is bounded by three residential properties, include relocation of the retaining wall at the city's request along with an improved drainage plan with a curved concrete drainage wall to prevent any potential runoff.

The jail's walls have been moved 12-15 feet away from all property lines in the revised plans.

&#8220A consolidated exercise yard has been moved to the SE corner, the most remote from any of the property owners,” Rutland said.

He added the new exercise yard will also be fully screened with a partition wall, which will not allow inmates to see out, or passers-by to see in, to the area.

The new plan allows for 36 parking spaces, a number that should accommodate visitors and shift changes. The new jail will also have a state-of-the-art video visitation system, which would allow the sheriff to schedule specific visitation times if necessary in order to insure adequate parking.

The revisions haven't brought about any changes in the number of prisoners accommodated. Space for 58 prisoners is planned, with possible expansion to 78 with double bunking in some spaces.

While the Walnut Street site is not the &#8220most ideal,” Butler County Commission Chair Jesse McWilliams said building on the current jail site would not have been feasible due to unsuitable soil. &#8220And building out in the county would have caused considerable expense in transporting prisoners back and forth.”

McWilliams and Commissioner Frank Hickman said they had spoken with the property owners surrounding the jail and everyone was agreeable to the current plan.

&#8220We have told all the jail neighbors we will be good neighbors to them,” McWilliams said.

Assuming the soil had been suitable, Rutland noted the new jail would have &#8220overwhelmed” the current site. &#8220You would have had to tear down the existing jail. You are saving dollars by using the old jail as a swing site.”

Re-bids on jail construction are set for February 12.

In other business, the planning commission:

Approved a development plan by Garry Little for a 6,000 square foot retail center at 245 Greenville Bypass (adjacent to Cotton States) to include a David's Catfish Restaurant (200-seat capacity) and a drive-through Little Caesar's. Approval was contingent on drainage plans and removal of a planned second driveway.

Approved plans by Freddie Daughtry of Daughtry Engineering to build an open-sided lumber storage shed at 300 W. Commerce St. Approval was contingent on plan for landscaping and pond.

Approved plans for subdivision of property for NAOS (movie theater) to be located at Greenville Commons Shopping Center, Lot 1, Plat 1. Plans are for eight screens with land reserved for two-four future screens. Parking plans meet city codes, and developers agreed to meet city landscaping regulations.

Approved plans for KD Development to extend and create new parking area, new clubhouse and two-story driving range at the former White Oak Golf Course.

Approval pending on removal of two dirt driveways currently existing. Commission also requested a site plan be submitted including any plans for future development such as apartments, subdivisions and shopping.

Approved two subdivision requests made by Calvin and Cleve Poole for New Searcy and Cloverdale and Cloverdale.

Approved preliminary improvements by Don Boutwell regarding subdivision requests on Cloverdale.

Approved requests for &#8220evening up” of property lines for Nall and Yardley (by Cleve Poole) of two out parcels of land on Willow Lane adjacent to Wal-Mart with property lines changing by ten feet or less.

Approved subdivision requests made by Susan Rhodes for Mary B. Timmerman for 206 N. Chestnut Street.