Happy Valentine’s Day!
THE HARRIS TEETER PROJECT—At its meeting February 9, City Council gave first reading/public hearing to the proposed “Harris Teeter/Marshall’s” Planned Development District. There was a full discussion and no surprises. This project, covering some 21 acres and three-tenths of a mile on Dorchester Road at Wescott Boulevard, will soon be moving through its construction stages.
Two updates on this project:
–Completion is now targeted for early 2013, a delay of about four months.
– The City Council discussion covered many aspects of this important project. These meetings are carried via cable cast in Charleston County but not in Dorchester County. Councilman Stigler and I are working on that. In the meanwhile, here’s a link that will provide you with an archived stream of the entire City Council meeting last Thursday. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20334779
Once you have this loaded up, go to the minute mark 24:30 where the PDD agenda discussion begins. It runs for about 20 minutes and you’ll note the topics range from “buffers that buff” to general concerns about alcohol sales and “dance” clubs. I hope many of you will take the time to view this and then let me know of your impressions and your advice.
STEEL CITY PIZZA– At Club Course and Dorchester ……..The offending 10-foot high wooden fence surrounding the walk-in cooler is being replaced by a well-designed stucco-brick structure, thanks to the vigilance and good work of the city zoning department. I’m trying to get a planned opening date for this long-anticipated food service operation and will let you know soon as we’ve pinned it down.
CRIME REPORTS and THE WEBSITES– A reminder that crime reports are posted every day at www.ronbrinson.com And when you get to this site, look around. Councilman Stigler and I are working to convert our campaign web sites into a true neighborhood forum. Our Council districts form what really is one large and very nice neighborhood and we intend to provide services and address issues accordingly. Again, we welcome YOUR advice.
THE CITY’S WEB SITE- And please visit the NORTHCHARLESTON.org site often. You can access meeting notices, agendas, information on recreation and cultural arts events — and a keen sense that our city is vibrant and diverse.
DORCHESTER ROAD UPDATE- As the upper reach of Dorchester Road is widened in a current project, the condition of this highway from Ashley Phosphate to Trolley Road is a concern. I’ve been working with Mayor Summey and Senator Mike Rose to expedite a traffic light at the Charleston Place entrance at Trump. Councilman Stigler has been urging the state to expedite some basic maintenance and correct some of the obvious problems – potholes and shredded surfaces. This all adds up to a ponderous process, given that Dorchester Road is a state highway and state roadway funding is fairly scarce just now. The state’s reply to Councilman Stigler is at once informative and insightful. You can see it at www.ronbrinson.com (navigate to “home”)
Palmetto Commerce Corridor Industries– This list was included in a previous update and has become very popular. Requests for it have been steady, so we’ve decided to keep it posted on the website.
OOPS– Many of you noticed first that the city’s public works crews were having a hard time keeping a straight line as they hustled to re-stripe Patriot Boulevard, between Appian Way and Ashley Phosphate. And then the project stopped. The explanation is in part, a lesson about candor. The Public Works Department responding to requests that this project be expedited tried to do the work “in- house” to save money and time. The city’s has a fairly new striping machine. But as the work evolved, it became apparent that the project was too big in scope and that the city’s crews needed a little more practice. We’ve been assured that plans are in place to finish the project and that street lights, landscaping and a landscape median will eventually be a part of this Patriot Boulevard segment. It is understandable that some have been critical; but the candor of the Public Works leadership is admirable. They tried to accomplish a much-needed project in a manner that would have saved the city money. It didn’t work out and the department’s leadership’s candor and its determination to get it all right are admirable. I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for all your responses and your encouragement, and thanks most of all for your views and counsel.
Councilman District 4