Peagler says thanks; town election dates set

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Final work on the construction of the Rec Center's new concession stand and press box should be completed in the next 12 weeks.

Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler said a big “thank you” to members of town council and the town of Moncks Corner as a whole.

In his first official appearance since defeating incumbent Supervisor Dan Davis in the Republican runoff on June 24, Peagler expressed gratitude and appreciation for the town’s support during the election.

“My job may be changing but Moncks Corner will always be first in my heart,” Peagler said during the Tuesday, Aug. 19 meeting of town council. “You can expect a lot more cooperation from the county come January.”

Peagler missed the July meeting of town council due to illness.

Peagler plans resign on Dec. 31 to assume the position of Berkeley County Supervisor, and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Lockliear will take over the center seat until a special election in early 2015 picks a new mayor to serve out the remainder of Peagler’s term of office.

The mayor said he would work closely with the mayor pro tem and members of council during the transitionary period.

“I meet on a regular basis with Mayor Pro Tem Lockliear,” Peagler said. “We are both working hard to make certain there is a very smooth transition on January 1.”

Once Peagler tenders his resignation Lockliear will assume the role of Interim Mayor until a special election scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Filing for the special election opens at noon on Friday Jan. 15, 2015 and will remain open for 10 days and close at noon on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

Should a current town council member run for and win the mayor’s race then the following dates would apply for a special election to fill the unexpired term of the town council seat.

Filing would begin at noon on Friday, April 17, 2015 and remain open until noon on Monday, April 27, 2015. The special election would be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

In other town business, Peagler said the last construction projects on the town’s new regional recreation cmplex are being completed and the park will be ready for the November Sourthern BBQ Network Cook-Off.

Work on the concession stand continues and much needed fill dirt has been donated by area businesses and civic gropus.

“The town appreciates the donation of 200 cubic years of fill dirt delivered to the recreation complex on Aug. 7 and 8,” he said. “The dirt was placed in the vicinity of the tennis complex and farmers market.”

Also, the Mayor said the concession stand contractor came to Town Hall this week and expects to complete the project in the next 12 weeks.

“We are very excited about wrapping up the last stages of construction on the rec complex,” Peagler said.

Peagler also commented on the planned opening of a new Chick Fil-A restaurant in Moncks Corner: “The corporate offices of Chick Fil-A have been in communication with Town Hall. The corporate officials have said the new Chick Fil-A on Highway 52 will start construction as soon as all permits are received.”

The Mayor said that SCDHEC permits and county drainage approval are still outstanding. “The Town has reviewed the building plans and is prepared to issue a building permit as soon as a contractor is identified.”

Chick Fil-A hopes to open its Moncks Corner restaurant near Wendy’s and Wal-Mart in January 2015.

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