Richland County Council Transportation Ad Hoc Committee Report
The committee met on September 6. The agenda included a request by the Penny Development team to remove Gills Creek Greenway B from the project list. That section would run along Wildcat Creek between Ft Jackson and Kings Grant and St Marks Woods down to Leesburg Rd. The Kings Grant HOA's BOD voted to oppose the Greenway B and sent a letter indicating that.
Staff recommends funding from Gills Creek Greenway Section B be reallocated to Gills Creek Greenway Section A, thus removing Section B from the Penny Program.
From the recommendation:
"The referendum amount identified for Section A ($2,246,160) is estimated to construct the greenway from the Fort Jackson Blvd/Crowson intersection to near Bright Ave. By reallocating Section B funds ($2,785,897) to Section A, it is likely that Section A could be extended from near Bright Ave. to the near Lantana Dr."
The council members had a number of questions and misunderstandings about the proposal and postponed action until the next Transportation Ad Hoc committee meeting October 23.
City/County Greenway Maintenance and Security Agreement
The agreement between the City and the County for the City to maintain and provide security for the greenway is still waiting approval by both jurisdiction's attorneys. The agreement may be delayed as a result of the debate between the City and the County over who should pay for the utility relocation for current and future road widening projects. Unfortunately, any work on the greenway design is on hold until the agreement is finalized.
We sent a letter to the City and County asking them to approve the agreement as soon as possible and to work to increase cooperation in the future so Penny projects are not held up.
Transportation Penny Advisory Committee Meeting
We will attend the County's advisory committee meeting on Monday, September 25 and report back any new developments.
Transportation Penny Greenway Advisory Committee
We will participate in the meeting on Tuesday, September 26. The agenda includes both the transfer of funds from B to A and the letter of agreement, so maybe there will be good news.
GCWA proposal to the EPA for a 319 Grant for Stream and Riparian Buffer Restoration for the creek along Crowson Rd was approved. We are now waiting to officially start the grant which will happen after we sign a contract with DHEC which should happen soon. The City of Columbia is replacing a sewerline along Crowson Rd so we will coordinate with their design team to ensure the sewerline is incorporated into the plan. We will form a 'project steering committee' of landowners and key property owners and stakeholders including the Penny Greenway Team.
The goal is to reshape the creek banks, replant the stream buffer with native plants, and reduce stormwater and non-point source pollution entering Gills Creek improving the health of Gills Creek and the appeal of the Cross Hill/Rosewood Crossing area.
FEMA HMGP (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program) Update
The County has received approval on a number of property buyouts, but we don't have any details as of now.
The Transportation Penny Advisory Committee (TPAC)
The Transportation Penny Advisory Committee has 6 vacancies. The Town of Eastover has 1 vacancy and Richland County has 5 seats available. The County told us they are currently interviewing applicants and new applications would be placed on file. If you are interested in serving or know someone, contact your County Council member.
More info: http://www.richlandpenny.com/tpac/transportation-penny-advisory-committee-tpac/