Four sign up for Cottageville Council | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 7, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: September 6, 2017 at 10:58 am
By JULIE HOFF
Four candidates will vie for two seats on Cottageville Town Council in November’s election.
When candidate filing ended in August, incumbent Chuck Hudson and challengers Ted Underwood, Howard Lockwood and Tina Peterson had thrown their hats in the ring. Councilmember Yvonne Alvarado is not running for re-election.
Hudson, who heads up the town’s emergency preparedness committee, joined council in 2014. He is fleet maintenance director for Knight’s Redi-Mix in Summerville and has lived in Cottageville for seven years.
He said he’s running again “to continue to help the town. We need to take some baby steps forward. If you look at what’s coming, with Volvo coming to Ridgeville and the Edisto East development, plus the growth down Highway 61, it’s going to come our way. Fifty people a day are moving to the area and we need to get ahead of it.”
The town needs to get a grant to build a water tower, Hudson added. “We need to at least get water down Main Street, which would allow for a small grocery store.
“Sometimes doing the right thing means you step on toes,” he added. “I want to do what is best for the town.” He spearheaded the town’s purchase of a diesel generator, which was used during Hurricane Matthew.
• Lockwood, who retired from the Massachusetts State Police, has lived in Cottageville for 14 years. He served on council in 2013-2014, fulfilling Councilman Jimmie Ramsey’s unexpired term, and chose not to run for re-election. Now, however, he said he has plenty of time to devote to his adopted hometown.
Lockwood said he decided to run after talking to numerous residents and Mayor Tim Grimsley. “I’ve been speaking to a lot of people, and I want the town to grow,” he said.
Revitalization projects would benefit the entire town, Lockwood said. He supports the park planned for acreage next to Town Hall. “With both the park and the overall appearance of the downtown area, we can improve the looks and make it more inviting to people as they drive through,” he said.
Lockwood said he thinks it’s important for the town to stockpile water and batteries in case of emergencies or natural disasters. “We also need a place that, when people are displaced, they can go there. They should know months ahead of time where they can get shelter and assistance,” he said.
• Ted Underwood, a retired truck driver and Cottageville resident since 2007, said he’s running for council “to see if I could make the town any better… I’d like to see more business come to town and see the town grow some.
“I want to work together with other members of council and the mayor to make things a lot smoother than they have been the past few years,” Underwood added.
He’d like to see improved infrastructure, with water and sewer available to lure more business to town. “But if people can’t afford a tap-in fee, then don’t force it on everyone.”
Underwood said he’d also work to get the town’s sidewalks “cleaned up and leveled, and I’d like to see the town office and police station have some kind of backup power in case of an electrical outage,” he said.
• Peterson, a teacher at Dorchester Academy and a realtor, moved to Cottageville in 2014. If elected, she’d promote community activities, outreach and revitalization. “Yvonne has done great things with children’s car washes, parades and the 5k run. I’d like to keep that going,” she said.
She’d also use her disaster preparedness knowledge and background in Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Air Force, to help with emergency preparedness operations. She’s eager to see the Cottageville branch of the Colleton County library completed at Town Hall.
Peterson said she thinks Cottageville is poised to grow. With the expansion of industry and development comes the opportunity “to increase home values and draw young, hard-working families to our community.”