Saturday, April 26, 2014
Incumbent Bob Anderson and challenger Steve Goggans, who are both running as Republicans for the County Council District 6 seat in Pawleys Island, faced off Monday evening.
They were invited to the regular monthly meeting of the Waccamaw Neck Republican Club held at the library in Pawleys Island to share their views on issues facing the area and the county.
They spoke on a variety of topics, including the controversial median project along U.S. Highway 17 and the Pawleys Plaza shopping center.
Goggans began by giving an overview of his experience as the owner of SGA Architecture and his involvement in projects that he said have enhanced the area for 30 years, including being on the county appearance board when the Waccamaw Neck Overlay Zone was created to limit size, colors and appearance of buildings in that area.
“We’ve got to be in charge of our own destiny,” Goggans said.
“We are lacking community friendly roads, sidewalks and bike paths. I am passionate about planning for change.”
He also emphasized that he will listen to the people in District 6 if elected.
He said that in his dealings with County Council, especially about the Highway 17 median project, he felt like they were less than willing to listen.
Anderson spoke of how his experience in the corporate manufacturing world has made him an asset to County Council for the past four years.
He said he has taken a hands-on approach and made a point to help people who had issues along the way.
“During my four years of on-the-job training I have learned that my most important job is to ensure your safety,” Anderson said. “Sooner or later, whether it is man-made or natural, something is going to happen, and it probably won’t be good. I am looking out for you and when the bad one comes, I’ve got your back.”
He said he has petitioned the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) to make the Southern Evacuation Lifeline (SELL) a higher priority and has worked with other county leaders to prepare a piece of land with minimum infrastructure to be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide trailers for people displaced by a disaster.
He also stated that he will work to bring more jobs to Georgetown County.
“We are losing part of our population between the ages of 19 and 44 because there are not enough jobs,” Anderson said.
During a question-and-answer session, local residents asked both candidates about the median project that will eliminate the center turn lane on Highway 17 in Pawleys Island.
Anderson said he wanted to “set the record straight” about accusations that he and other County Council members did not listen to concerned citizens about the median project.
“It is a federal highway controlled by federal money,” Anderson said. “It is not a county job.”
He added that Goggans never revealed an alternative plan for the median project.
Goggans said he was told by a member of the legislative delegation that Georgetown County Council was the only body who could change or alter the plans for the median project.
“Georgetown County was required to vote to approve the project and they can vote to alter or change the project,” Goggans said.