Thursday, December 26, 2013
Four new faces are making their way onto the City of Goose Creek’s boards and committees. They are replacing current members who have resigned or plan to resign soon.
Gary Becker and Chrys Rogge have been appointed to the Architectural Review Board.
Goose Creek City Council voted to approve their appointments to the board at a special council workshop on Dec. 12.
Ralph Hayes was voted onto the Zoning Board of Appeals and Angela Gordon was voted onto the Economic Development Advisory Committee.
All the candidates were interviewed by city council and Mayor Michael Heitzler before being appointed.
“We have four boards and committees,” Heitzler said, adding that there are seven people on each one. “Twenty-eight citizens are involved as commissioners for the city, which really gives us a strong foundation.”
Rogge told council she has been in Goose Creek for 26 years.
“You’ve not been on a board before,” Heitzler said.
“I’m interested in the way things progress,” Rogge said. “I want it to look nice and pleasing.”
She said she owned a business and is interested in keeping everything aesthetically pleasing. She said there are a few eyesores, such as an auto repair shop at St. James Avenue and Westview Boulevard.
“That’s not in the city,” Heitzler said.
Hayes introduced himself as a Goose Creek resident since 2008. He has worked for the Charleston County School District for 10 years as a community education coordinator.
Since moving to Goose Creek with his wife he said he has wanted to get more involved with the city.
“It’s the place we plan to stay and build our family,” Hayes said.
He oversees all non-school-hours activity at CCSD. That includes all after school activity, summer camps and renting school facilities to dance classes, sewing classes and history classes, he said.
“There’s potential for growth in Goose Creek,” he said. “People look at Goose Creek as a pass-through, and it doesn’t have to be like that.”
He said the city has beautiful scenery and he’s ready to take on the challenge to make this an excellent community.
Gordon said she is the Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union manager on St. James Avenue. About 8,000 people walk through the credit union doors each month. She said she moved to the area in June 2006. A relocation company told her to send her kids to Wando or Summerville high school. She ended up in Knightsville, she said.
Gordon said she wishes she had known about Goose Creek and Stratford High School, which has a block schedule like the school her children were in before moving.
The relocation company did not mention Goose Creek as an option, according to Gordon.
“I’ve never considered relocation companies,” Heitzler said. “That’s what we’re looking for on EDAC, someone to advise us like you.”