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Local collaboration

Posted: February 16, 2017 3:43 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.

That Kershaw County is growing is both a given and a blessing. Kershaw County citizens are well known for their welcoming, friendly attitude to newcomers; we know we live in a wonderful place and are pleased others recognize that and want to be part of it.

But growth has responsibilities, especiallywith regard to infrastructure and services, and those responsibilities belong to all of us. Public engagement is how and why the school bond referendum was passed; it’s why initiatives such as Kershaw County Vision 2030 are so important. 

Ultimately, it’s why good things get done in the community.

So we are pleased to see Camden City and Kershaw County councils take steps to ensure things are done properly in the U.S. 521/Black River Road area, most recently with both bodies’ passage of resolutions supporting a master plan for the U.S. 521/Black River Road corridor. 

It’s not just that people had concerns about plans the S.C. Dept. of Transportation had for the intersection at Century Boulevard and U.S. 521. It’s that local governments responded to those concerns and were successfully able to take those concerns to SCDOT and convince them to postpone any work there until we, the community, could get DOT more detailed and accurate information and come up with more appropriate solutions not only for that intersection, but for the entire area.

The passage of these resolutions is very significant, not only as a symbol of intergovernmental cooperation, but as practical effort to bring as many stakeholders to the table as possible -- local/regional/state government, school district, business/industry and private citizens.

We also appreciate SCDOT taking a step back and reassessing -- after all, everyone has to live with whatever happens there for a long time.

We want to do this right.

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