Opinion

 

I have been proud to serve the Irmo/St. Andrews/Seven Oaks community on County Council for two years. I can assure you the work has been significant. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in a short time in the face of significant adversity.

I am proud to announce we have recently passed an anti-blight ordinance. This county ordinance as of right now applies only to the Irmo/St. Andrews/Seven Oaks (District 7) and Chapin (District 6). This county ordinance prohibits property from being maintained in such a way as to create blight.

We all live in a community. As our density of population increases, it is incredibly important that we all respect our neighbors and our neighborhoods. There are properties in our community that have been maintained in such a way as to detract from the overall good.

If any of you are familiar with a property that falls below minimal levels of maintenance, please contact the code enforcement officers for Lexington County or contact me. It is our intent to assist the community in correcting problem areas. We certainly do not want to create a burden on anyone. On the other hand, we are hopeful we will be able to do much to improve our neighborhoods and our businesses in the upcoming months.

We passed the anti-blight ordinance approximately six months ago. The ordinance has met with great public acceptance and it has been an overwhelming success. Almost everyone we have contacted about property that needs uplifting has been cooperative and we have been forced to prosecute no one. I greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation in improving our community. We all have a continuing responsibility in the regard.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission on the completion of its new soccer fields. These fields are located adjacent to Shaw Industries on St. Andrews Road at the location of the old General Electric plant. The work by Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission in this regard has been phenomenal. If you have not had an opportunity to see the new fields, please make it a point to ride by.

The soccer fields and other athletic fields of Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission also includes a number of tennis courts. These courts are specially designed and are stated of the art. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this tremendous addition to our community.

With the help of Representative Chip Huggins and the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commisison, it is hoped this area on Bush River Road can be transformed into a handicapped accessible park. The park would be for the benefit of our special needs children and would also serve as an additional green space for us all. Representative Huggins along with the Recreation Commission and Arbor Day are in discussions with the Parks and Recreation Commission for the issuance of a grant that would make this project feasible. The property as it now exist is very attractive and certainly goes a long way towards upgrading Bush River Road. Hopefully, there will be more good news about this area in the near future.

We continue our efforts at flood relief. In the two years I have served on Council, the flooding of our area has certainly presented the large challenges. We are continuing to work with the Federal authorities and the State authorities seeking assistance for our citizens. The entire effort has proved frustrating and we have hit road blocks coming from several different directions. We remain hopeful we will secure Federal funds and we remain hopeful we can secure assistance from the Governor’s office and our State agencies. I will continue doing everything in my power to help with flood relief. If there is anything at all I can do, please do not hesitate to call me directly.

I appreciate the opportunity to work for the residents of our community. Our community remains a wonderful place to work, live, and play. I am committed to doing everything within my power to move us forward.

 

Yours very truly,

Councilman Phil Yarborough

Lexington County District#7

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803-465-6729