Town park on tap; residents complain about Burr Hill Road | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 13, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 11, 2017 at 11:44 am
By JULIE HOFF
Cottageville residents are definitely getting a town park with a cement walking track and restrooms, officials said at Town Council’s October meeting.
“We’ve tweaked the plans to a point where they will fit with our budget,” Mayor Tim Grimsley said. A planned pavilion with public restrooms has been reduced in size, the walking track will be a bit smaller and stately columns have been eliminated.
Colleton County Capital Projects Director John Stieglitz III, who was also at the meeting, “has worked very hard for us and it looks like we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Things are moving,” Grimsley said.
The project cost of $250,885 is funded through Colleton County’s Capital Projects Sales Tax, the so-called penny tax.
Stieglitz has also offered to help the town with a PARD (Parks and Recreation Development Fund) grant. PARD is a state-funded, 80-20 matching grant program used by local communities to build parks.
The date for groundbreaking will be determined after the permitting process is complete.
In other developments, council candidate Howard Lockwood said residents of Burr Hill Road, which is outside the town limits, were asking him about “annexation rumors.”
There are three methods of annexation in South Carolina:
• An individual property owner may petition the city for annexation of a specific parcel if the property is contiguous (touches) the existing city limits.
• If multiple property owners want to annex a larger area, they can submit a petition signed by 75 percent of the property owners, who must own 75 percent of the property in the designated annexation area.
• In larger areas, 25 percent of qualified electors wanting annexation can petition city council to call for an election within the proposed annexation area.
Several Burr Hill Road residents said they don’t feel safe because of crime and intimidation by a particular resident. The situation has escalated to the point that elderly residents are afraid to visit a neighboring cemetery, a man said. One resident asked if Cottageville police could patrol the area.
Chief Jeffery Cook explained that the area is in the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, and according to a mutual aid agreement between the town and county, deputies must make a radio request for police to respond.
“We have to follow that agreement,” he said.
“It can take deputies 40 minutes to respond,” another man said.
Cook said that while his authority ends at the town limits, “You will start seeing us on that road.”
“If we annex one foot of dirt, it will be on Burr Hill Road,” Grimsley added. “That will be the first place we do it.”
Meanwhile, the mayor said he attended the September Lowcountry Council of Governments meeting and received a detailed report of Department of Transportation projects and a 10-year plan for using the two-cent gas tax.
“Lots of road resurfacing, interstate improvements, bridge repairs and replacements, with an emphasis on safety,” Grimsley said.
He also met with Philip Slayter, director of Colleton County Planning & Development, last month to discuss grants, references and contacts.