Letter to the Editor - September 7, 2017
Mayor Tecklenburg addresses issues of importance to DI
A gathering of neighborhood association presidents met recently with City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg to discuss issues important to their communities. I was honored to attend as a representative for the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association. Prior to the meeting, I asked fellow residents to share the one issue they wanted to address with the mayor. Thank you to all who responded; your input was invaluable.
The number one issue centered on the community center that has long been promised. Mayor Tecklenburg said the city has selected a designer for the initial site work. The project is expected to cost between $6-7 million and the city is committed to breaking ground by September of next year. Another issue of great concern was the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive. Officials with the city and Berkeley County met this past week to discuss this issue. The mayor informed me the city is supportive of the roundabout and is committed to improving the design to address pedestrian safety.
A third topic was traffic, both on and off Daniel Island. We discussed the widening of Clements Ferry Road, police enforcement of traffic laws, and patrols and the use of technology to enhance public safety. Team 5 continues to work with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department to patrol Clements Ferry Road and to issue citations to dangerous drivers who ignore the safety of others. Mayor Tecklenburg also told the group a new traffic director has been hired by the city to conduct a thorough review of traffic throughout Charleston.
Finally, Mayor Tecklenburg was asked about the boat ramp that has also been promised to Daniel Island. His understanding is the city is waiting on permits from the Department of Natural Resources. Funding has been previously secured at the state level by Senator Larry Grooms and the city is committed to completing this project.
Again, I would like to thank those who commented on Facebook and in person. My goal as the incoming President of DINA is to be your voice for the issues impacting you and your family. Feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts on how we can continue to make Daniel Island the best community to call home.
Daniel Island Neighborhood Association