Wednesday, September 18, 2013
PAWLEYS ISLAND S.C. — Hagley residents voiced their concerns Monday night about a drainage project along Sandy Knowe Road.
About 25 residents came out to Midway Fire Rescue Station 82 for a community information meeting to find out why the road has open-ditch drainage instead of covered-pipe drainage.
This project is part of the Hagley East Drainage Project which has been going on since June.
Jackie Broach, public information officer for Georgetown County, said the residents’ concerns included safety and health issues.
“They are afraid people could fall into the ditches and that the ditches will possibly increase mosquito breeding,” Broach said.
“Georgetown County staff does not agree with that.”
The meeting was scheduled after County Council had heard concerns from the community.
“It just made sense to address them,” Broach said. “We always want to make sure concerns are heard.”
She said that the area in question has had a lot of flooding is because it is a low lying area and the elevation of the catch basin is too high.
Broach said county officials have determined that the community would still be experiencing drainage issues if they put in a covered-pipe drainage system.
Ron Heffner, treasurer of the Hagley Homeowner’s Association, said people just wanted to know why that road was getting a different type of drainage system.
“When you have two sides of the road and people see something happening on one side and not the other, they want to know, ‘Why not on my side?’”
He said that the drainage system in that particular area was “totally inadequate.” He said the area used to have standing water two feet deep after a heavy rain, but now the drainage should be quicker and better.
Broach said Georgetown County does not plan to change the scope of the project.
Ray Funnye, director of public works for the county, said the project should be finished in two weeks.
By Clayton Stairs