UPDATE, October 21, 2011: We have decided to put our indoor pole vaulting plans on hold. The cost is rising with every new permit and approval that will be necessary to build. It feels like I have been in a tennis match... and I am the ball. So we need to be smart and patient, not rushing things. We will continue to move in that direction, but it will be done in stages. The last thing we want to do is bite off more than we can chew in a poor economy...and end up out of business, out of our home, and unable to continue helping vaulters. For the foreseeable future, we will continue to vault as we have with much success since 1998... outdoors.
UPDATE, September 26, 2011: Our zoning amendment was granted, so our property is now zoned to allow us to build a barn to pole vault inside, out of the elements. We are now going through the process of building plans and specs. We will let you know more as it develops.
To Whom It May Concern:
Our desire is to build a barn on our Crockett Road property to be able to train pole vaulters indoors where weather is never an issue, to maximize their opportunities. With this building we will be better able to mentor young athletes and be a positive role model in their lives.
Our property is currently zoned “D” (Development) and we are proposing to change it to “RA” (Recreational/Agricultural). It does not matter to us if the zoning moves up, down or sideways, so long as we can continue to help athletes to better themselves. The “RA” zoning was recommended for us to be in compliance while coaching athletes.
The current commercial “D” zoning allows a wide range of activities such as the following: Animal operations, cemeteries, child or adult daycare, group housing (possibly even a halfway house), dog kennels, and mobile homes. The current “D” zoning would probably allow us to build a building to house athletes, but not train. So this zoning amendment would not only allow us to be in compliance and continue the good we are doing, it would also be a more neighborhood friendly use of our property than is currently allowed.
We are not looking to change the peaceful look of Crockett Road. The building will be behind our home, away from the street and downhill from the road to minimize its look. Parking will be next to the building well off of the road and out of sight. The barn will be very neighborhood friendly in dark earth tone colors to blend into the woods. The woods which we love will remain wildlife friendly, with the nice thick wooded buffer remaining between us and the homes which border our property.
My name is Rusty Shealy and I live with my bride Nancy at 121 Crockett Road. We love it here very much and strive to be good neighbors. I am a pole vault coach, of which knowledgeable coaches are few and far between. Athletes and families drive from near and far for my help. Some drive from neighboring subdivisions, while others drive as much as two hours each way for a two hour practice. I have coached many of the top boy and girl vaulters coming out of Lexington County high schools over the past decade. I have also been very blessed with results and have sent numerous athletes on to college, many with scholarships. Since 1998, it has been my honor to coach 64 SC High School State Champions (boys and girls, Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA and SCISA), 9 National Champions, and 3 Team USA “World Team” members.
It has been said that your horn is never tooted louder than when someone else toots it for you. Nancy and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the many letters of support and testimonials that have been sent on our behalf. They are from athletes and parents, both past and present. They are also from track coaches locally, statewide, nationally and even one international coach and author. The following link will allow you to hear their words which should speak volumes. Click here for the "Letters of Support/Testimonials" (Last updated 6/22/11).
Our neighbors are welcome to attend any of our pole vault sessions to see for themselves. Call or email to ask questions, or to come by so that I can show you our plans onsite. The public hearing where you may voice your support or opposition will be on June 28th. What we do is extremely important and we hope that many will be there to speak on our behalf. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Rusty and Nancy Shealy