From the Mayor’s Desk

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

The town has partnered with Google to provide Free Wi-Fi in the Hutchinson Square area of our downtown.  We will have a kickoff ceremony next Tuesday with Google officials in the Town Hall Plaza at 2:30.  This Wi-Fi___33 connection will enable residents and tourists who are downtown to log-on to the internet to find information. I want you to know that taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for this service because we were able to get a grant from Google as did other communities in the lowcountry. Hope you can join us for the celebration next week.
Many of you have questioned me and council members about the Heritage Square property on Highway 78 and the Berlin Myers Parkway. What I can tell you, at this point, is that the property has changed hands and the new owners are working on plans for the property. It will be transformed into a multi-use facility that once again will bring energy to that key intersection. One of the anchor stores is expected to be a sporting goods store that will sell fishing tackle for fresh and salt water, clothing, guns and ammunition, deer stands, etc.  The new owners also purchased the adjacent apartments and are making plans for those as well. Some may be converted to dormitories to house law enforcement officers from around the southeast who will come to this facility for firearms training. Other potential tenants include a gymnasium, a grocery store and assorted other retail shops. I’ll keep you posted as plans for the project make their way through the town’s development process.
Council is making headway on a master plan for the town. Once we select a company to do the plan, you will hear a lot about the process over the next year. The company will interview stakeholders as they formulate a plan for Summerville’s development for the next 30 years. They will seek input from residents, young and old, business people, developers and professionals. The plan will examine our need for road, sidewalk and bike path improvements, additional parks and cultural and other recreational facilities, and housing choices.  They will also examine our town codes to see what changes might need to be made to accommodate the challenges our rapid growth will have going forward. I believe council will vote to sign a contract for this project at our October meeting.
From Oct. 14-18 Channel 2 TV WCBD will highlight Dorchester County during its news programs.  This weeklong Lowcountry Proud segment will tell the unique story of our county to give viewers compelling reasons to visit.
And, lastly, the first cricket practice is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex in Gahagan Park.  Rumor has it that the Charlotte Cricket Club has already heard about our team – the Summerville Sandlappers – and hopes to come here to compete.

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