Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Town Public Works Committee voted, at its meeting Jan. 2, to recommend Town Council move forward with an ordinance to prohibit trucks from driving in the historic district.
If passed as-is, the ordinance would specifically prohibit trucks with three or more axels from being operated on S. Magnolia Street and S. Gum Street between the intersections of E. 6th South Street and E. Richardson Avenue.
Residents of the district formally complained about excessive truck traffic on the streets in October when they presented Council with a petition demanding increased pedestrian and pet safety in the historic district. The petition listed several demands, including prohibiting truck traffic on the streets.
The two streets fall under the state Department of Transportation jurisdiction, so it will be responsible for adding the signs to the road, Town Engineer Russ Cornette said.
The committee – which consists of its chairman, Terry Jenkins, Bill McIntosh and Kima Garten-Schmidt – voted unanimously to approve the motion, with Councilman Jenkins absent.
Although he was not present at the meeting, Councilman Jenkins said he does support limiting truck traffic in the historic district and hopes Council will consider making all streets in the Town’s historic areas “no through to trucks.”
“If we’re going to try to help traffic in historic Summerville, we might shoot to be more inclusive up front,” he said.
The Town Parks and Recreation Committee met directly after Public Works adjourned, and unanimously voted to recommend Council allocate up to $23,000 of parks and recreation impact fees to relocate the lights and scoreboard from Alston Middle School to the practice field at the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex.
The sports fields at Alston are being moved as the result of upcoming construction on a new elementary school at the site.
According to Parks Manager Doyle Best, the project is estimated to cost $40,000 in the “worst case scenario, but I expect it to come in under that.”
However, he is only asking the Town to provide $23,000 because two community teams that will be using the fields have pledged to donate $17,000 collectively.
The committee consists of Councilmembers Bob Jackson, the chairman, Aaron Brown and Kima Garten-Schmidt.
They voted unanimously to recommend the motion to Council. Town Council will consider both recommendations at its January meeting which will be held tonight, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.