Cottageville prepping for park, library, possible annexation | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2017 2:20 pm
By JULIE HOFF
For a tiny town without a traffic light, Cottageville is making big strides, with progress on a town park and a branch of the Colleton County Library.
At Town Council’s Nov. 6 meeting, Mayor Tim Grimsley said he hopes to open the park —including a basketball court, walking path, restrooms and picnic tables — and the library at the same time with a public ribbon-cutting and celebration.
Both are located at the town’s municipal complex on Salley Ackerman Drive, the site of the former Cottageville Elementary School.
Councilman Betty Rhode, who heads up the town’s special projects committee, said internet service and wi-fi are being installed at the library, which is expected to open in February 2018.
The library will operate with limited hours for the first six months, officials said.
“It’s extremely important for the town to support the library when it opens,” Grimsley said, noting that patrons can request any book, even a current best-seller, and it will be delivered to the branch.
County library officials won’t keep the library open if it’s not used, Rhode added.
In other developments, before the council meeting about a half-dozen people attended a public hearing on the proposed annexation of Burr Hill Road, which runs from Highway 17-A South to Jacksonboro.
Several Burr Hill Road residents appealed to council at the town’s October council meeting, requesting annexation primarily for police protection.
Under South Carolina law, when multiple property owners seek annexation, 75 percent of the owners of 75 percent of the assessed valuation of the property in question can submit a signed petition. In the case of Burr Hill Road, the town will mail postcards to property owners.
Cottageville benefits from annexation because “more residents mean more money,” Grimsley said. The town receives “aid to subdivisions” funds disbursed by the state treasurer’s office. The amount of aid is determined on a per capita basis.
A second public hearing on the issue is set for January.
“We’ve never done this before, so it’s a little bit of trial and error,” Grimsley said.
“We’re looking towards the future,” he added. “I’d love to [annex] McDanieltown Road and Peirce Road all the way to Highway 61.”