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Richmond Hill names streets, approves projects
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(Editor’s note: This is a recap of the Oct. 4 Richmond Hill City Council meeting. The News did not get a chance to report this information before turning its attention to Hurricane Matthew coverage.)

Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler will be memorialized long after his days in office end now that a street in the town center area is named after him.

The council voted 4-0 at its Oct. 4 meeting to name the main entrance to the 51-acre property off Highway 144 “Town Centre Drive” and the interior street — where a new city hall and library could eventually be located — “Harold Fowler Drive.”

The original proposal was to name the entrance Town Centre Boulevard, but Councilwoman Jan Bass pointed out that is the same name as the street in Pooler where Tanger Outlets are located.

The council also discussed the need for a name of the 187-acre park being developed behind the Sterling Creek Plantation subdivision. Councilman Russ Carpenter said he has been referring to it as “Sterling Creek Park” but is open to other suggestions.

“I’ve been using that name because people will use the subdivision to access the park and we wanted to get buy-in from the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s also by Elbow Swamp Road, but that’s not a very inviting name.”

Staff suggested the city could conduct a Facebook poll to determine a name.

The council also approved a bid of almost $94,000 for the landscaping work to be done at the intersection of Ford Avenue and U.S. 17. Assistant City Manager Scott Allison said the city had budgeted $325,000 for the entire project and it came in at $308,000. A $50,000 GDOT grant will reduce the city’s outlay to $258,000.

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