Open Letter

 

The Irmo Arbor Day Committee continues to function in a large way. With the recent changes on town council, the committee has ceased all work inside the town. Instead of projects within the corporate limits of Irmo, the Arbor Day Committee has turned its efforts to areas in the general unincorporated area.

The committee has in the works plans to upgrade the old Hollywood section of Lake Murray along River Road. There will be signage created to delineate the old Hollywood district and there will be numerous plantings of decorative trees and shrubs. The project is dedicated in honor of Pat Jeffocat who is the wife of retired county councilman Johnny Jeffcoat. Pat is a long time supporter of Arbor Day and is a master gardener. The committee could think of no more deserving  person to honor than Pat Jeffcoat and her family.

The plantings for this project will include palmetto trees and hopefully a variety of other plantings. The committee intends to plant until its funds dedicated to the project run out. 100 percent of the money raised will go to buying and planting trees and to the construction of the sign.

Pinnacle landscaping company has agreed to help with design and planting. Pinnacle has been a long time partner of the Arbor Day Committee.

The project is being funded by private donations and a grant from the Mungo Foundation. The Arbor Day Committee is also providing funds.

The Mungo Foundation has issued a challenge grant and will match donations up to $15,000. So far 12,231 dollars in private donations have been raised.

Anyone wishing to donate may do so by sending a check to the Irmo Arbor Day Committee c/o Jake Moore PO Box 5709 West Columbia SC 29171. Irmo Arbor day is a 501 c 3 charity and gifts are tax deductible.

It is hoped the work will be done soon weather permitting. With summer not far off the work may be done in two phases in order to give the plants the best chance to survive.

It is hoped the committee can have a small ceremony in Pat’s honor when the work is done.

In addition to the River Road/ Hollywood project the Arbor Day Committee hopes to do work on St. Andrews Road in the area of I-26. Plans are underway to plant crepe myrtles in front of Ben Lippen School over the entire road frontage. Plans are now being drawn and it is hoped planting will take place this fall.

The Arbor Day Committee was recently given 12 acres of land fronting on Bush River Road. The committee offered to annex the land and to give it to the town for use as green space. The town declined the annexation and declined the gift indicating there was no need in the town of Irmo for added green space. As the town rejected the property, the committee has listed it for sale. The purchaser will have to be one approved by the committee and will have to be suitable for the area. Presently there are several interested purchasers. If the land is sold, all net proceeds will go to enhance beautification in the Irmo St. Andrews area.

 

Jake Moore

Irmo