The Greater Round Hill Planning Commission will hold an information meeting for residents this month on the final draft of the land use plan the commission has been working on for three years. According to town clerk Betty Wolford, the plan, which outlines the growth of the area until the year 2025, will then go before the county planning commission for approval in December. The board of supervisors will have final approval, she said.
In what town officials saw as a concession on the part of state highway department officials who deleted funding for the Rte. 7 Round Hill bypass from the six-year road plan, the town was given permission to lower its speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph. After several months' wait, the new traffic signs have gone up and, according to Wolford, "it has really helped." People who used to speed through the town at 45 mph or more now slow down considerably, she said. Officials had requested the signs because they feared for the safety of residents, especially children walking to school.
Another factor designed to keep those children safe has been implemented, Wolford said. Officials have received the necessary easements from property owners on 590 feet of High Street so that sidewalks can be constructed there. High Street leads to Round Hill Elementary School and is so named because it is on a hill. Officials feared for the students' safety because drivers coming up the hill on either side could not see the children. "We hope to have the sidewalks in by the end of the year, before anyone gets hurt," Wolford said. "It depends on the weather.