Town Crier

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Gary Santos donated his left over campaign money to Darkness to Light. Lee Batten accepted the check. PHOTO PROVIDED

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The Mount Pleasant Transportation Committee heard a request Monday to name the Mathis Ferry/Walt Miller round-about the Armory Circle. The National Guard Armory is located along the stretch where construction was recently completed.

Children’s Circle and Veteran’s Circle are memorial type namings that already exist in the town.

Cecil Evans Jr. retired in 1989 from the Armory. He is president of the Marion Maurauders Society, a moral, welfare and recreation society that supports the Charlie Company 4th 118th that is housed in the Armory.

The Armory was dedicated in 1963 at that location. Evans considers it a landmark. It has served many purposes from voting precincts to hurricane shelters and weddings. If approved Evans said the society would fund a dedication ceremony.

Committee member Thomasena Stokes-Marshall made a motion to approve the request. She thinks it is a wonderful gesture and recognition to our military men and women who has served.

The motion was approved and will go before town council.

Projects

Intersection improvements throughout town are essential to improving traffic facilities, along with drainage, pedestrian and bike path improvements.

A schedule of projects was presented to the committee Monday in order of priority.

Transportation director Brad Morrison said funding for these projects Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax and CTC annual project selections.

Intersection improvements

1. Park West Blvd. - left turn lane at the recreation complex - $230,000

2. Ben Sawyer/Center Street mast signal instalation- $225,000

3. Long Point Road/I-526 West Bound on ramp modification - $730,000

4. Park West Blvd. - left turn lane on Bessemer Rd. - $700,000 - $750,000

Drainage improvements

1. Snee Farm flood study for Whipple Rd. basin - $60,000

2. Oakhaven Boulevard Improvements - $150,000

3. Mathis Ferry Road drainage pipe installation - Bowman to Whipple - $570,000

Pedestrian and Bike

•Higher speed/higher vehicular volume rates

1.Park West Blvd. (18,000 ADT) - roundabout to Hwy. 17 - $51,000

2. Park West Blvd. (16,000 ADT) Stockdale to recreation center - $126,800

3. Anna Knapp (8,000 ADT) - Frontage road to Lake Hunter Circle - $87,3000

4. Ben Sawyer Blvd. (16,000 ADT) - Rifle Range to Goodyear Tire - $40,000

5. Stockdale Rd. - Park West to Park Avenue Blvd. $171,4000

6. Rifle Range Rd. (11,000 ADT) - Six Mile Rd. to Hamlin Rd. - $410,000

7. Rifle Range Rd. (10,000 ADT) - Hamlin Rd. to Porcher’s Bluff - $249,9000

8. Porchers Bluff Rd. (8,000 ADT) - Roundabout to South Morgan’s Point Rd. - $262,000


Lower speed/lower volume neighborhood

1. Royall Avenue - McCants Blvd. to Center Street - $90,000

2. Pelzer Drive - Coleman Blvd. to Cottingham Drive - $110,000

3. Pherigo Street - Coleman to McCants - $88,000

4. Live Oak Drive - Bennett to Haddrell - $73,000

5. Lansing Drive - Pelzer Drive to Frontage Rd. - $232,000

6. National Drive - $198,000

7. Seacoast Parkway - $177,000

8. Wando Park Blvd. - $190,000


Transportation Sales Tax projects must fall within the category of local paving, intersection improvements, drainage improvements and pedestrian and bike enhancements.

Historically the annual allocation has been $6.5 million.

The committee was tasked with a review of the prioritization.

They ultimately will discuss the reordering of priorities among the full town council next week.

Recreation

Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Gary Santos donated his left over campaign funds to Darkness to Light, a sexual abuse prevention organization.

He made the donation, on behalf of the Mount Pleasant Recreation Foundation and himself, of $3,078.55 to the “Darkness to Light” organization in order to support sending hundreds of kids to the Medal of Honor Bowl Game on Jan. 11 at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Some of these funds will also be used for training Mount Pleasant Recreation Department’s youth coaches to assist “Darkness to Light” in ending child sexual abuse. “It is an honor to support these two wonderful organizations, Darkness to Light and the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, with this donation,” he said. “By donating these funds, we are able to send hundreds of children to the Medal of Honor Football Bowl Game on Saturday and also support the fight against child sexual abuse through the training of our recreation department coaches to recognize the signs of abuse. By working together, we can all help end child sexual abuse in our community.”

Call the recreation department at 884-2528 for more information.

Annexation

The town has created a four year strategic annexation plan of unincorporated properties to solidify the community, create service efficiencies and ensure fairness among taxpayers.

The idea is to moderate and manage the rate of residential and business growth and to provide a uniform plan to foster a healthy pattern of land uses related to livability, transportation and public health.

It has been in effect for a year. The state has complex annexation laws that must be adhered to, resulting in having to create an action plan.

There are areas within the town’s planning area not in the town, yet they are part of the larger Mount Pleasant community. These are often referred to as donut holes.

Raven’s Run has homes within it that are not incorporated.

A performance measure created with the plan will help staff determine how the plan is working.

Christianne Farrell, director of planning for the town said that a dedicated staff member will be assigned to annexation.

A website has been created so potential property owners can research the benefits to annexation.

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