Tuesday, May 21, 2013
May is National Bike Month — a perfect time for our community to recognize and celebrate all the benefits of bicycling.
Bicycling keeps us healthy, carries us efficiently from point A to point B, saves us from high gas prices and makes our air cleaner and our roads less congested.
Bicycling is good for our community and helps address many of our most pressing societal and environmental problems. Bicycling is fun.
Even though last week (May 13-17) was National Bike to Work Week, I encourage you to think of it as Bike to Anywhere Week. According to the national bike group PeopleForBikes, half of all trips Americans make are three miles or less — an easy biking distance.
If more people in our community bike, even just once a week or once a month, we’ll all be better off (even those of us who don’t ride). This month, dust off your bike and give two wheels a try.
Thank you to the Moultrie News for researching the rationale for the remaining construction signs along S.C. Highway 41. Your diligence produced results, and on behalf of the many residents in that area we appreciate it. The signs related to the sidewalk improvement project were immediately taken down, and that certainly is a positive step for the corridor.
As a follow-up, it’s important to note that there are still “End Construction” signs along Highway 41 near the entrances to Rivertowne and Dunes West.
These appear to be unrelated to the sidewalk improvement project but instead left over from the road construction that occurred in conjunction with the Harris Teeter shopping center at Rivertowne (which, as noted in the previous letter, was completed around three years ago).
So, rather than focusing exclusively on the sidewalk improvement project I think it would be beneficial for someone to assess all leftover construction signs throughout the area. I believe there are many signs that have gone unnoticed after construction projects have ended. For example, unless there is some reason the “End Construction” signs are still important on Highway 41 near the Rivertowne and Dunes West entrances, it is pretty clear these signs have been overlooked for quite some time.
I was totally unaware of an animal zombie problem in our town of Mount Pleasant. That was until I had a problem with a live animal.
At about 10 a.m. last Thursday my wife was in our backyard gardening when our dog started barking at something near the porch. Since our neighbors have cats she figured it was just one of them and put the dog in the house. Then she returned to gardening.
About 10 minutes later she spotted a sick raccoon wandering around and falling down. We feared the worst (rabies) and called the police department. They, in turn, referred us to Animal Control. They informed us that they had nothing to do with animals unless they were dead and in the road, at which time they would indeed pick it up.
Prior to this I was totally unaware that dead animals needed to be controlled. Why else the title Animal Control?
When we asked if we were allowed to shoot it, we were told that was certainly not recommended and we should call the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The representative from DNR then informed us that we could get online and contact a number of “private businesses” who would come and remove the animal for a fee.
I might have done that were I computer literate, but I didn’t know how and I didn‘t think the raccoon was going to help.
Some time later, after the raccoon committed suicide in a “non-recommended” manner, we called back to Animal Control to see where we could deposit the now controlled animal. We were informed “I don’t know.” When we asked where the truck might be that controls dead animals we were informed likewise.
The only conclusion I can come to is that Animal Control in Mount Pleasant handles only your zombie animal needs.