Wednesday, April 30, 2014
April is touted in song as the month that brings us showers. In Summerville it was “showers of blessings” this month as 473 conscientious volunteers, 25 sponsors and 23 organizations joined hands for the Third Annual Summerville Cares Day of Service. They undertook projects at Colonial Dorchester, Gregg Middle School, the Coastal Center, Eagle Harbor, Palmetto House and the Red Cross.
Most of the work was done on April 12 but some was performed March 29.
The Day of Service was organized by founding members the Town of Summerville, our chamber of commerce, District Two schools, Weatherford Financial Group, Palmetto Land Baptist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We kicked off the Saturday workday with breakfast provided by the Summerville Evening Lions Club. Teams then spread out across the city to undertake their projects and most were completed by that afternoon.
At Colonial Dorchester volunteers – organized and under the direction of Laura Anderson, a member of the Mormon Church – cleared underbrush along the Ashley River and helped spread mountains of mulch along the paths in the park. Laura arranged for the mulch which was provided by Dorchester County’s public works department. The county recycled much of the debris they picked up after the ice storm. Besides mulching the paths and under-brushing along the river, volunteers beautified the ranger station. Park Ranger Ashley Chapman told me the volunteers were well organized and did “five times what I had expected.”
About 460 pounds of food and 1,236 other items were taken to the Palmetto House. Angela Dupre, director of food services and volunteer coordinator at Palmetto House, said it was the largest drive for the shelter this year. The American Red cross reported 37 pints of blood collected that day, exceeding their goal of 33 pints.
Summerville truly is a caring community as evidenced by the good works of these volunteers. I salute them and all the organizations and businesses that contributed to this effort to make our neck of the woods an even better place.
I’m pleased to report that our Commercial Design Review Board this month gave site plan approval for the renovation of Heritage Square on Highway 78 and the Parkway, and also for a new Earth Fare food store on North Main St. on the former Strobel Tire property. Construction at those sites can begin once the developers obtain building permits.
I continue to negotiate with a developer on a possible boutique hotel project in downtown Summerville. I expect to provide more details within the next couple of months.
The Lawrence Group expects to present their vision plan to council by early June. Sometime after that we will schedule a public presentation in council chambers.
And Russ Cornette, director of public works, and I have begun discussions with Tri County Link about a circulator bus route that would run from the Nexton office complex into Azalea Square, downtown Summerville and possibly as far as the Galleria on a pilot project. The idea is to enable those who work in the offices at Nexton a means to come into Summerville for their lunch hour.