Monday, January 14, 2013
Q. Will we see a point where the contractor(s) for Highway 17 come in with street sweepers and clean off all asphalt debris left along the roadbeds and curbs after the construction that has a nasty habit of popping up and hitting windshields? - Richard Lennon, Mount Pleasant
A. “Yes. Efforts are now underway to sweep the roadways and gutters to address the asphalt debris.” - J. E. (Ed) Barbee, CPPB, Transportation Construction Liaison Officer, Town of Mount Pleasant
Q. Please get an explanation as to why Mount Pleasant would double the size of the Senior Center on Von Kolnitz. Why not take those tax dollars and put a facility in the Rivertowne/Dunes West area? We have more taxpayers 55 and over in this area than at the Von Kolnitz facility. To use the current facility we have to drive on Highway 41 and on Highway 17 which adds to the traffic congestion. Then, of course, we have to drive back in all the traffic. - Don Grant, Mount Pleasant
A. “In 2003/4 the Town of Mount Pleasant asked Tenet Healthcare (parent company for East Cooper Medical Center) to donate a portion of their property to the town for the purpose of constructing the existing Senior Center. The senior residents of our town are benefiting from Tenet Healthcare’s generous donation of three acres to the Town of Mount Pleasant to build our Senior Service Center. The current facility occupies half of the three acres. Phase II Expansion will occupy the remaining half of the three acres.
The land was given (no costs) to the town’s residents.
I have entertained the same thoughts that Mr. Grant has expressed.
The current Senior Center is being expanded as a direct result of the use and demand by more than 2,200 members. A significant percentage of our senior members do live and travel to and from the northern area of town to use our senior center. And yes, this does add to and increase the traffic on Highway 17.
Our town council and staff has explored other potential locations in the northern area of town prior to the decision to expand the existing Senior Service Center.
Based on the town’s projected demographics, in a perfect world the construction of an additional senior center in the northern area of our town would be most appropriate.
However, when we look at the town’s ability to provide facilities for our active senior population in communities such as the Rivertowne and/or Dunes West areas the first issue is, the cost of available land for the town to construct a second Senior Center in these communities.
The collaborative efforts between the Town of Mount Pleasant and Tenet Healthcare, East Cooper Medical Center, demonstrate the ability for partnership opportunities that serve to improve and maximize the delivery of services to our growing senior population.
Developers and property owners may want to explore and consider the benefits of partnership opportunities that would serve to place the Town of Mount Pleasant in a proactive position to better serve our citizens.” - Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Mount Pleasant Mayor Pro-Tem, after whom the Senior Center is named.
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