Commission addresses growth, development in Bono

Randy Owens works to patch College Street in Bono, preparing for the road to be paved Wednesday.

BONO — Growth and development were the subjects of the meeting of Bono’s new planning and zoning commission, Mayor Danny Shaw said.

Though the city had a similar group in the past, Shaw said all the members moved away. The new commission met for a second time Thursday.

Chris Treadway, Allan Keith, Jarrod Pulver, Tyler Herring and Kelli Watson are part of the five-member volunteer committee, Shaw said.

“I think we have a really good task ahead of us,” Herring said. “I think Mayor Shaw is doing a great job taking Bono in the right direction.

Having enough rooftops to entice businesses to set up shop in town is an objective, Shaw said.

“We will be looking at Bono and planning for our city for the next 50 to 100 years,” he said. “I would like to see us get a grocery store.”

There are some property developments in the process of negotiations and Shaw said he wanted to make sure they are channeled in the right direction.

“I want to make sure we don’t create an apartment city in the future because that becomes a police problem,” Shaw said.

Keith said his main concern is making Bono a better place to live.

“I don’t necessarily have a vision for what the committee is going to do,” he said. “We will see where it takes us.”

Road crews were in action Friday morning, patching asphalt next to the new sidewalks that line College Street. Paving of the road will begin Wednesday, all as part of Phase Two of the ongoing project, Shaw said.

The city also recently conducted a smoke test on the sewage system infrastructure and is making the necessary repairs. Shaw said these improvements were badly needed.

“We hope this will help with the regulation of stormwater and runoff water,” Shaw said. “It looks like a town now. ... It’s really great.”