Councilman Ron Brinson – May 7, 2016

A Reminder….. a community meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, May 10 at  the  Wescott Park Community Center.

Briefings on several topics, including…… 

The next expansion of the McKewn Plantation development beside and behind the Joseph Pye Elementary School, under a planned development agreement dated in 2009.

Dorchester County’s one cent sales tax for road improvements funding.  This 10-year program is expiring and County Council must authorize a referendum for voters’ approval of an extension. County Councilman Larry Hargett will join us in a discussion of how this program works and some likely projects if the plan is renewed. We’ll also brief you on extension of Weber Boulevard from Palmetto Commerce Parkway to Patriot Boulevard, which will provide a connection to the new and instantly popular Ingleside Boulevard.

We’ll provide an update of the plan for an aquatics center at the Corner of Appian Way and Patriot Boulevard, at the entrance to Fort Dorchester High School. This project would also create a new ingress-egress corridor into the Fort Dorchester High campus. The swimming enter would built jointly by Dorchester District 2 and the City. It would be operated as part of our city’s recreation department and open for public use. But competitive swimming and swimming instructions for all students would be priority use.

Harris Teeter representatives will present a conceptual plan for vehicle fuel sales at the Corner at Wescott.  The company is preparing to request amendments to the development agreement and has stated that its initiative will begin with “candid and transparent” interaction with the surrounding neighborhoods.  Harris Teeter and the Corner at Wescott operations have quickly become positive and valued people-center operations in our community.  Gas stations, though, are specifically prohibited in the Dorchester Overlap District. I am opposed to this and so are Councilman Skipper and Mayor Summey.  Nonetheless, we owe Harris Teeter the opportunity to make their case.

We’ll discuss the usual traffic issues and answer any questions you might have about any aspect of city services.

See you on Tuesday!

Wescott Park Community Center is at 9006 Dorchester Road. Once in the park complex, bear left and look for the building near the power lines.  Adjacent to the Doggie Play Park.

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