From the mayor’s desk

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to? — George Carlin

Things seem to be humming along smoothly this summer in Georgetown. So far there have been no major problems. Keep your fingers crossed.

The County and City building departments report a surge in building permits. County Building Official Robert Cox told me the other day that they issued 12 permits for new residences in one day. There seems to be a boom in construction in the community.

The City Hall drainage system worked well in the recent heavy rains. One of the problems that has been revealed by the project is the inadequacy of the drains around the project area.

Where the project was constructed, the water drains quickly. However, down the streets where no improvements were made, the drain openings are too few and far between so those areas still don’t drain properly.

This was not very noticeable before because the flooding around city hall was so bad. Staff is discussing this with DOT to see what can be done.

The city branding project is underway. This is not about a tagline or slogan, like “The Hammock Coast” or “It’s just a bridge, get over it!” What do you think of when someone mentions Coca-cola, or Harley-Davidson, or New York City?

A brand is a promise to consumers. What do people expect when they come to Georgetown? That is what we are identifying so that we can build on it.

What do you think Georgetown’s brand is?

The Rainey Park fountain saga continues. A large water leak has been detected in the system which has to be repaired. The new contractor is having to address issues at another job which has also caused delay. Maybe it will be fixed in time for prom next spring.

The city is going to put up kiosks at the various bus stops around town. These are being donated by Waccamaw Regional and will provide shelter and seating for riders of the COAST bus system.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. — Anais Nin

In a recent letter to the editor in The Times, the writer states that “Most cities and towns in South Carolina have adopted [the Council-manager form of city government].”

However, according to the Municipal Association of South Carolina, out of the 270 municipalities in S.C., 145 have the “strong mayor” form and only 32 have the council-manager form.

It always amazes me when someone goes to so much trouble to write a letter or other document but fails to do basic fact checking.

We are again upgrading the City’s website. The upgrades will focus on business development.

There was a major leak in a sewer line on Hawkins Street Tuesday. City crews worked through the night to repair it. Our public works crews do the dirtiest jobs and get the least credit. Thank you, guys, for your dedication and hard work.

Repairs and upgrades will be made to the day docks off the Harborwalk at Lafayette and Marion Parks next week.

We have gotten many dilapidated structures repaired or removed around the City. However, there still are too many. Some are tied up in estates, are heirs property, or are owned by people who simply don’t care.

We are going to make another push to get rid of these eye sores.

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. — Mark Twain

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