Mayor’s Column

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Torrential rains recently have put city crews behind on grass cutting and weed-eating rotations but they are catching up.
Thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Summerville’s Fourth of July fireworks show, but it has been rescheduled for Sunday night, Sept. 1 at the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex.  Bring your family and enjoy this celebratory fireworks display that should begin about 8:15 p.m.
Our Parks Department has also been working on landscaping improvements to two quadrants at I-26 and Highway 17-A. And, work is under way again on building a passive walking trail on the 12-acre tract of city property along Springview Lane across from Summerville Medical Center. If the weather cooperates, that project could be finished by summer’s end.
Heavy rains, a high water table and heavy traffic created numerous potholes in our roads and street department  crews have been busy patching. Wind and rain have created more than normal debris for pickup by our street department. Yep, when it rains, it pours, but town employees are keeping up with these challenges.
Our Visitors Center has contracted with a company to offer trolley tours in Summerville on the third Friday of each month through the end of the year. Already the public is asking for more frequent  tours. A number of residents have told me they’ve lived here for years and never were aware of some of the sights and history the tour offers.  Locals like the tours and find it’s a great way to entertain out of town guests. Call 873-2931 for more info.
I continue to meet with parties interested in building a downtown boutique hotel.  I have met with commercial property owners in Oakbrook to invite them to annex into Summerville so that they can join council and staff as we make plans for our town’s future.
Earlier this month we opened the skateboard park located alongside Berlin Myers Parkway at Richland Street. I urge skaters to wear helmets when using the park and I encourage parents of skateboarders to remind their young folks to take that safety precaution.
This month we advertised for companies that might be engaged to  prepare a master or vision plan for Summerville’s future.  This is the first step in a planning process that could guide our development for the next decade or so. Citizen input will be important in this process. Summerville belongs to all of us who call it home and gathering myriad ideas for managing its growth will help to guide this council and those that follow in their decision making.
On the development  front, the Piggly Wiggly store at Summerville Plaza has been demolished to make way for a new Harris Teeter and a refitting of the rest of that center. Construction is expected to begin on the new store in the fall. Carolina Ale House plans to build in the Nexton development at I-26 and 17-A. The S. C. Research Authority, with 150 to 200 employees, will be locating in a new building in Summerville adjacent to the MWV corporate office building

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