Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. — Winston Churchill
This has been a good summer so far for the city of Georgetown. Front Street merchants and restaurants report sales are up over last summer. The tourists have been out in force despite the recent heat and rain.
The fountain at Rainey Park should be operational in a couple of weeks. The problems we’ve had getting that fixed have been interesting.
We went with the low bidder to make repairs, they went out of business halfway through the process and we will end up paying approximately the amount of the second bid when all is said and done.
There may be litigation, too. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to go the cheapest route.
A perfect example of this is our waste water treatment plant. The plant is operated in partnership with the Georgetown Water and Sewer District.
When it was upgraded in the late 1990s, the powers that were insisted it be done on the cheap. As our city engineer says, they tried to make a thoroughbred out of a mule.
It has never worked properly and we have been in a tussle with DHEC over its operation since. We have been making changes out there to address the problems and are making progress but the fix is going to cost more than if we had done it right to begin with.
Two big projects we are starting to work on are the Cherry Street improvements and the Broad Street upgrade.
Both projects are in the earliest planning stage but should be finished hopefully by the end of the fiscal year.
The Cherry Street situation is another example of doing work on the cheap. The problems there are caused by the water, sewer, and storm water pipes in the road way not being properly supported.
Over the years they have moved, causing leaks which then cause sink holes.
The city is going to repair it so this does not happen again.
We are applying for a USDA grant to conduct studies about locating a hotel in Georgetown, ways to attract more retail stores, and other issues that will help us market our city to businesses.
Georgetown is becoming a destination city and we need a hotel in the downtown area.
As the economy continues to improve, other local jurisdictions are adding positions to their staffs.
We lost several police officers to Horry County and Myrtle Beach over the past year because of higher pay, promotions, etc. These positions have been filled with new hires and, I am glad to say, several home grown candidates have been hired. It’s always good to have people in your police department who grew up in the area and know the community.
As of next week, we will have five new police officers on staff.
The repairs to the brickwork on Front Street are nearing the end. The sidewalks look much better and are a lot safer now.
The music in the park series has been a big hit this summer. I hope in the future we can expand it into the spring and fall.
The summer movie series in Rainey Park has been successful with larger crowds than ever before.
The next movie will be “Man of Steel” to be shown on Aug. 15. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and come enjoy the show. (And, no, “The Man of Steel” is not about the life of Paige Sawyer, but is about Superman.)
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. — Albert Einstein