The York County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a pair of resolutions at their Tuesday meeting that authorizes construction of a miniature golf course and grants a special-use permit to Casey Toyota to erect a 100-foot flagpole at their Rochambeau Drive location.
You can read about the miniature golf course here. The course would be the second in York County. The York County Planning Commission voted 5-0 in December to recommend that the supervisors approve the miniature golf course, which will go in at 4301 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17).
During the planning commission’s discussion of the proposal, they focused on the safety of children who would be at the proposed course and its proximity to its neighbor, Harwood Mills Trailer Park. The proposed course would include a buffer of standing water and vegetation between Route 17 and the course grounds, though the safety of children who would cross the street to get to nearby retail was still of concern for the commission and the supervisors.
None of the residents from the trailer park showed up to either the planning commission meeting or the supervisors meeting to express reservations about the project.
Vice Chairman Don Wiggins asked if there would be any kind of separation between the trailer park and the mini-golf course, to which the applicant, Lance Musser, answered that there would be a fence that is as tall as possible under county ordinance followed by a layer of vegetation on the golf-course side of the fence.
“I want to bring family entertainment to York County,” Musser said. “There’s a lack of family entertainment here, and I want to change that.”
The supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a special-use permit for Casey Toyota to construct a 100-foot flagpole. County ordinance allows 75-foot flagpoles by right, so the permit was necessary for the last 25 feet.
“The display of the flag is not for attention getting, marketing or advertising reasons but as a display of patriotism,” said attorney Lindsey Carney, who spoke on behalf of Casey Toyota. “We will take down the flag with sustained wind of 30 mph or more.”
The York County Planning Staff recommended that the Board of Supervisors not approve the flagpole. Their position centered on the notion that a 75-foot flagpole could be installed at a location closer to Rochambeau Drive, where it wouldn’t be obscured by trees and the curvature of the road. The flagpole was at the center of a contentious debate between members of the planning commission, who eventually voted 3-2 that the supervisors approve the permit.
“I think it’s great that [Casey Toyota is putting up the American flag],” Wiggins said. “It reminds all of us of what a great country we’re in, and we don’t see enough of it.”
Wiggins’ sentiment was reflected by other supervisors.
“Maybe this board is a little too patriotic because I think I’d like to see that flag at that height everyday when I came out of my house in the morning,” said chairman Walt Zaremba.
“I can see why Great Wolf Lodge and other businesses would like [the flag],” said supervisor Thomas Shepperd. “It adds an architectural sense, a character. I think it’s a great idea.”