Georgetown City Administrator and fellow Rotarian Chris Carter addressed the Tuesday 1/5/2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Georgetown on current projects and priorities.
The first topic was the City’s acquisition of Goat Island in the Sampit River across from Historic Front Street. Discussions are ongoing and Mr. Carter is hopeful agreement can be reached within the next several months to clear the path for the donation from the owners. A boardwalk with access by boat is seen in the first phase.
The Broad Street beautification project is on schedule and will begin in the next two months. This will give Georgetown a magnificent entry way befitting the Colonial Era city, the third oldest in SC.
Storm water drainage is an ongoing project, next up is the Highmarket Street Area west of South Frasier. Also, the City maintenance team is working on backflow reduction by installing rubber valves at outflow popes. It is hoped this will reduce water backing up into streets through storm drains during high tides such as the King Tides we have had recently.
There has been no contact between the City and the owners of the steel mill at this juncture. It remains empty.
There is no known progress on rebuilding of the 700 block of Front Street at this time, however, ownership has been consolidated to three groups/ individuals. Everyone appreciated the update from the City Administrator.