A letter from the mayor

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Let me begin this monthly report by thanking the almost 300 folks who showed up at Azalea Park on a rainy Saturday morning, May 4, to take part in the 2nd Annual Summerville Cares Day of Service. Volunteers worked on 37 projects that day, among them they built a patio and pergola at the homeless shelter, weeded flowerbeds at the library on Trolley Road, helped with a blood drive and cleaned the grounds at the Coastal Center. This community spirit and eagerness to get involved in making Summerville a better place energizes and challenges me as your mayor.
Construction began last week on the skateboard park that is being built alongside The Parkway and Richland Street near Spann Elementary School. It should be completed in a few weeks and I’m hopeful that our young people who asked for this and helped raise some money to pay for it will take ownership of it, use it properly and respectfully.
With summer approaching I attended the Because of Brayden event May 11 at the Car Pros Plaza. That event in memory of a young child who drowned in a backyard pool is designed to raise awareness of water safety. We are blessed here to have beaches and rivers close by, as well as many swimming pools. So while we’re all eager to enjoy the water, let’s be sure we do so safely and watch out for others’ safety as well.
I want you to know that council and I are working together to get a master plan for Summerville to guide us through the next decade. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this going forward and you are invited to share input as we move through the process.
I see three distinct parts to Summerville – the area around I-26 and 17-A, the historic downtown section, and the Oakbrook section. Each has its own character and each has challenges to be confronted. But I’m convinced that working together with stakeholders from throughout the community, we can formulate a path forward that will protect and enhance our quality of life.
In closing, let me mention that my wife, Margaret and I, celebrated her birthday in California on April 27th. We visited Napa for the first time. That town of 75,000 had just finished an arts weekend and sidewalks along the riverfront were still covered in colorful chalk art that had not yet been washed away. We enjoyed a dinner on the wine train that moved slowly through the 25-mile long Napa Valley. Imagine if we could make something like that happen between Summerville and Charleston?
On the plane back from California, Margaret sat between me on the aisle and a rock musician. He and his band were en route to Europe for a six weeks tour. We talked all the way across the country. I told him that when my run as mayor was up I’d like to join his band – Vicious Rumors – as a singer. He laughed and said that was his role but promised we’d stay in touch.
Being your mayor with the challenges and opportunities it offers makes my life a full one. I thank you.

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