Thursday, August 29, 2013
My predecessor, Berlin G. Myers, has a passion for neatness. During his 40 years as mayor, he insisted the streets be kept clean. The man who saw to that task was Harry Avant, street department superintendent. For 28 years Harry – a native Summervillian who loves the town and knows its history – kept a close watch on the town’s appearance. He’ll be retiring at the end of September and he will be missed. I thank him for the job he did and for the dedicated crew that he put together in his department. In his inimitable style Harry told me, “Well, I’ve been a supervisor for 28 years, but I’ll be a laborer now.” Libby, his wife, has a honey-do list that’s certain to keep him busy. If you see him, thank him for his service.
In other news, the Fourth of July fireworks’ show, postponed because of rain, has been rescheduled for Sunday night, Sept. 1, at the Gahagan ball fields. The concession stand will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs. Kettle corn, boiled peanuts and Italian ice will also be available. The fireworks should begin around 8:15. Bring your families out and enjoy this bit of Americana that is still a part of our community spirit.
On Sept. 10th – a Tuesday night – a special public event will be held in Azalea Park. A video about Freedom Hall and the Francis S. Josephson Liberty Garden - both at Pinewood Prep - will air around 6 p.m. That will be followed by Caleb Stevens, a U. S. State Department officer who will talk about Liberia and its challenges to freedom. The Summerville Community Orchestra will then present a concert of patriotic music. A number of elected officials – Sen. Lindsay Graham, Gov. Nikki Haley, and Sen. Paul Campbell – have also been invited. In case of rain, the event will move to the sanctuary of First Missionary Baptist Church at the corner of Sumter and West Fifth South St. Attorney John Linton put this program together. Come out early, bring a cooler and a blanket and enjoy the evening’s program.
Staff and I are in the process of developing the 2014 budget. Some projects I hope we can fund next year will be more road resurfacing and other projects to relieve traffic congestion. I’m also requesting funding for a master plan to guide us through the next decade or so.
I continue to cut ribbons as the economy improves and more and more businesses are inquiring of our planning staff about possible sites here. I hope I can bring you some news about significant developments in all parts of Summerville over the coming weeks.
Finally, would y’all join me in praying for an end to this rainy season? It’s creating problems for everyone; I saw some earthworms struggling to get to the interstate last week. Even they had been flooded out.