Panel OKs sidewalk planning

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Columbia County commissioners agreed Tuesday to develop a plan to build sidewalks on an Evans road where a kindergarten teacher was killed last month.

Commissioners said they could use discretionary funds from the 1-cent sales tax to build a sidewalk on Mullikin Road from Furys Ferry Road to Hunter's Cove, near the Savannah River.

Scott Herring, the county's director of Construction and Maintenance Services, estimated the cost at $575,000.

The commission also approved a resolution to include a general obligation bond referendum for the construction of a natatorium and tennis courts on the ballot for the November general election.

Should voters approve it, the referendum would allow county officials to issue up to a $17 million bond, paid back with a property tax increase.

The commission approved a second resolution Tuesday to add a new 1-cent sales tax referendum to the November ballot.

Should it pass, officials expect the sales tax to raise about $180 million from 2011 to 2016.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or

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426Hemi 08/06/08 - 07:53 am
Hopefully it doesn't pass.

Hopefully it doesn't pass. Stay off the roads, and if you absolutely must take your life in your hands; then walk facing traffic! I don't see commissioners running to other neighborhoods screaming "let's build sidewalks!" How many other fatalities or injuries occured that warrant this knee-jerk reaction?

carl 08/06/08 - 02:10 pm
Why do the County

Why do the County Commissioners have over a Million bucks in discretionary fund ????Just laying around I guess. Are we going to put sidewalks on all our roadways???

Lou Stewall
Lou Stewall 08/06/08 - 04:25 pm
These commissioners (do not

These commissioners (do not capitalize the word) let two new homes go in right across the street from Brookwood Elementary with no sidewalk and no cross walk painted on S. Old Belair Rd. I'd love to see many more sidewalks, but let's at least put some leading from nearby subdivisions to schools as our top priority. Why it isn't required in the first place is unfathomable.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 08/06/08 - 08:27 pm
Of course everyone is sorry

Of course everyone is sorry that this sort of thing happened, but we have to be realistic here. Our commissioners shouldn't be spending this money unless they see that it's COMPLETELY warranted. This poor young lady was walking with the traffic, which most people realize is against the "rules". She was walking on the road, rather than off of it. I hate to be the one to say what is on most people's minds, but this poor young lady did , unfortunately, have a part in this sad, sad event. But our government shouldn't be spending all that money on these sidewalks when they won't get used enough, and the money could be better served somewhere else in the county.

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