Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Community meets on roads concerns
Over 50 people from the surrounding community attended a meeting July 22 at Jehovah Holiness Church in Shulerville to talk about road concerns.
First Congressional District Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Rozier, SCDOT/Berkeley County Resident Maintenance Engineer Thomas Lewis, and Rep. Joe Jefferson spoke.
Rozier explained that he was speaking on behalf of Eighth Congressional District Commissioner Harrison Reardon, who could not be there.
He talked about some of the funding problems facing road construction. Lots of bridges and roads need to be fixed, yet the gasoline tax has not been changed since 1987, he said.
Lewis reported that he has programmed into his budget the resurfacing of Hwy 45 and 17-A from the intersection in Jamestown to Kinlaw Road, which will cost around $4.3 million.
If there are no setbacks, the tentative time for the construction to start is spring to summer of 2014. This news was welcomed by everyone at the meeting.
Rozier promised to do his best to work with Reardon and other officials to come up with $1.1 million to resurface 17-A from Kinlaw Road to Wrenn Road. Lewis said it costs roughly between $500,000 to $600,000 to resurface a mile of the highway and that he has been trying to get that area from the intersection to Wrenn Road resurfaced for the last four years.
Jefferson talked about the need to work together and how important community meetings like this one are.
There were lots of questions from attendees. Issues included the potholes on Halfway Creek road, the railroad crossing on Hwy 52 near Goose Creek, the resurfacing/repaving Hwy 45 and 17A west of Jamestown, grass and brush cutting on the roads, lights on vehicles, and the intersection near the Savannah Creek Recycling Center.
Rozier, Lewis and Jefferson answered questions and promised to look into the things they could do something about. Rozier suggested having another meeting in the future to discuss progress and concerns.
A huge thank you goes to Linder Snider Green, Elder Roy Snider, Pastor of Jehovah, and the congregation of Jehovah Holiness Church for hosting this meeting.
A thank you also goes to Mr. Lewis and the highway department for already cutting and cleaning up the curve on Hwy 45 near the Quarry.
After a lengthy presentation by Martin Marietta and a short amount of time for opposing opinions, the Berkeley County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend to County Council to approve the rezoning request by Martin Marietta for 395 acres to Heavy Industrial with some conditions. The commission met last week. (See story, page 1A)
The next meeting that has public input is County Council on Aug, 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Moncks Corner. Contact Berkeley County Planning Commissioner Eric Greenway at 719-4095 for more information.
Happy July Birthday
Deandra Beaufort, Mahilda Wilson, LaKeisha Scott, Kyle Scott, Sterling Lambert, Allison Taylor, Billy Adams, Bonnie Mills, Rick Taylor, Rachad Bryant, Latoya Scott, Samantha Wynn, Devon Jefferson, DeShaun Jefferson, Shaun Levine, Shana Gant and Anna May.
Sadie Lambert, Tammy Britt, Shenard Smalls, Lorrine Gaskins, George McCrackin, Sandy Wilson, Jr., Evelyn Scott-Smalls, Lance Britt, Debra Gaskins, Ray Snider, Wilton Green, Ernest Foster (Margaret Maybank’s brother), Ila Shuler, Debbie Beauford, Christine Reames, Phillip and Debbie Rowland, Leon Bradshaw, Ausy McConnell, Lorenzo McConnell, Bernice Taylor, Flora Beauford, Cleecy Lewis, Diane Mazyck, Walter Taylor, Marvin Brunson and Shirley Smith. Please remember our sick community members, and our law enforcement, our military, and their families.
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