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Increasing Police and Fire

Since 2008, Goose Creek has grown exponentially both in area and population. Yet, we didn’t add a single police officer until this year and that was because we received a grant to pay the officer. Traffic accidents have increased by 40%, illegal drugs are more prevalent in our community, and violent crime is on the rise. Read More

Economic Development

Economic Development is a subject of much discussion, confusion and misinformation. I have read and heard city council keeps them out. I have read and heard folks claim the taxes in Goose Creek keep them out. I have read and heard folks claim there is no lunch crowd, and that’s why they don’t come. None of this is true. So why aren’t more full service restaurants here, along with more retail and recreation/entertainment options? Because Mr. Heitzler doesn’t want them here, so it has never been a priority. Read More

Recreation

Recreation is the mortar of a community. Families see each other at the ball park, gym, pool, or course and form friendships that often last for years to come. Bike Paths and walking trails add value to our community that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Next to keeping you safe, the most impactful thing a municipality can do is provide recreational opportunities to as many citizens as possible, regardless of age. Read More

Sidewalks in Boulder Bluff

I want to give you all an update on the sidewalk grant for Boulder Bluff. As many of you know, the city applied for a grant through the Council of Governments (COG). The grant was awarded to us quite some time ago. The DOT Engineers did not approve some of the plan and this caused a delay in the project. Moreover, the changes they wanted would have cost the city more than $250,000.
Several weeks ago, Kevin Condon, Kimo Esarey and I met with Joe Daning and Paul Campbell in Columbia to ask for their assistance in this matter. Thankfully, they were able to help. Mr. Broom, our city administrator, met with the COG Director yesterday and they have reached a solution. DOT relented on some of their issues which reduced the overage to $135,000. And, the COG will assist in paying that. It still may be some time before it gets done as we are still on the DOT’s timetable. But as least the funding is in place.
While meeting with Senator Campbell and Representative Daning, I asked them to look into the procedure for administering these grants. It would be much easier and efficient if the grant recipient could manage the project and contract the work. This would take the burden off of an already stretched DOT staff. It would also reduce the time it takes to get things done. Read More