I am writing to express my appreciation for the citizens of New Ellenton, S.C., especially those who attended the opening of our newly renovated City Hall and new community center in pouring rain March 16. Couple that with one of the best fire stations in the county and an awesome library, providing the makings of a very nice downtown.
We are at a turning point here in the city.
A citizens committee has been meeting to develop neighborhood revitalization plans, including the possibility of sidewalks, expanding sewerage and tearing down abandoned buildings. These plans seem like a breath of fresh air for our community.
Also, the New Ellenton City Council recently approved improvements to Evans Park behind City Hall, with new landscaping, new and improved lighting around the walking track, 911 call boxes, a picnic shelter, tennis and basketball courts, new restrooms and free wi-fi.
Another citizens committee is planning a Main Street beautification project. It not only has got the attention of the citizens of the town, but it also is being talked about by commuters going to and from work at Savannah River Site.
We have a great opportunity to put old things behind us and come together as a community. Let’s stop focusing on our differences and embrace our common ground. Then we can focus on our future.
As state Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, stated at the grand opening ceremony, “It is a great day for New Ellenton.”
New Ellenton, S.C.
(The writer is New Ellenton’s mayor.)