Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The completion of the town’s regional recreation complex continues to be the centerpiece of Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler’s goals and visions for the coming year.
The mayor has outlined his vision for 2013 for the town and his administration.
“The main objective is to get the park to a point where people can see progress,” Peagler said. “I’m glad to see where we’re finally getting to a position where we can provide that service to the townspeople.”
Passers-by heading down Main Street should see some rapid changes to the park in the coming weeks as construction on the Phase I portion of the recreation complex is set to begin.
“We’ve heard some optimistic completion dates … but more realistically we’re looking perhaps into the fall or winter for a completion date on the Phase I portion of the recreation complex,” Peagler said.
The mayor added that the town is currently seeking funds to include tennis and basketball courts in addition to the walking trails as part of the Phase I design and construction. “We hope to be able to include these amenities,” he said.
Peagler also said it was important to continue being fiscally responsible during these difficult economic times without sacrificing quality of life services provided by the town, “I think we’ve done that over the years,” he said. “We want to continue to provide services that people really desire. We’ve got the recycling program off to a really good start.
Another key point in the mayor’s vision for the town is the expansion of the intersection at Live Oak Drive and Main Street. The two-year project is still in the design phase with the bidding process beginning around November 2014.
“There is a lot that’s going to happen at this intersection,” Peagler said. “The power lines have to be moved underground first. Then decorative poles will replace the current ones to make the intersection more aesthetic. We also want to continue the underground wiring project out to Berkeley High School.”
Peagler said turning lanes will be added coming off Live Oak and onto Main Street/Highway 6 heading out of town. The intersection expansion will help ease traffic flow into and around town during peak times of the day.
The mayor remains steadfast in his conviction that Moncks Corner needs a hospital and patience is wearing thin with both health care providers Trident and Roper-St. Francis as the dispute nears its fourth anniversary in June.
“My position hasn’t changed,” he said, “If the entities fighting over this really looked into where the need actually exists they’ll see if there’s going to be a hospital in Berkeley County it belongs in Moncks Corner.”
Peagler said it’s a quality of life issue for rural residents of Berkeley County.
“The northern part of the county is really under-served,” he said, “I would love to have a hospital here, not only for the economic benefit but to add a quality of life service to the residents of rural Berkeley County.”
The town also has plans to add more sidewalks in town and to build a second fire station in the Fox Bank community, working in conjunction with the Berkeley County School District on the site selection and construction process.
“We’re currently working with the school district on the fire station plans for Foxbank and they have asked us to hold off on our work on the new station until they have a better grasp on the logistics of the new school they want to build there,” Peagler said.
Peagler concluded by saying his vision for Moncks Corner is “all about people and doing more for the people.”