For information about a FEMA’s Customer Support Hotline that has information about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and may help you answer questions that you may have about this flooding disaster.
The Georgetown City Fire Department’s Open House scheduled for Tues. Oct. 6th has been postponed because of the local state of emergency from flooding. The new date will be posted on the City and Fire Department websites and on Facebook when it is rescheduled. You can also follow the City’s local radio station WGEO 105.7FM for further details.
The scheduled Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting scheduled for tonight (Mon. Oct. 5, 2015) has been cancelled.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2015
On Monday, September 21th, the City of Georgetown was notified by the SC Dept. of Transportation (“SCDOT”) that the Highway 17/521/701 (“Five Points”) intersection concrete resurfacing project would be delayed. SCDOT only received one bid for the work, which exceeded the project budget of $3.15 million by 92%. Under federal guidelines, the project must be rebid.
The City began work in July to relocate underground utilities around the Five Points intersection in anticipation of the SCDOT resurfacing that was supposed to immediately follow. This is disappointing news to the City because coordinating the work with SCDOT was intended to save money and lessen the impact on the community. The origin of the project began in 1999 with the idea to resurface the highly traveled Five Points intersection to a durable concrete surface from asphalt to extend the time between future resurfacings. There would also be improvements to traffic flow to reduce congestion.
The City understands the inconvenience of this decision to citizens and businesses along the Fraser Street/ Hwy 17 corridor. It also understand the reasons for SCDOT’s inability to proceed.
Below is a statement from SCDOT:
Statement of Leah Quattlebaum : Program Manager of the SC Dept. of Transportation
On September 8th, the SC Department of Transportation publicly opened the bidding process for a concrete paving project located in the area known as Five Points in the City of Georgetown. This project is located in the same vicinity as the work that is now occurring to relocate underground utilities and place overhead utilities underground.
Only one bid was received for the project which was substantially over the approved engineer’s estimate for the project. Therefore under federal regulations, the Department was unable to award the project and move forward with construction. It is the intent of the Department to review the bid package to determine if any modifications can be made to reduce the proposed cost of the project and re-advertise the project to receive bids in the Summer of 2016.
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please speak to the SCDOT Program Manager @ 803-737-1751.
City crews are regularly having to make utility cuts into the street to repair broken water and sewer lines. Once the utility repair is made, City crews will backfill with the base material and pack the excavated area according to SCDOT regulations. The City may put down a cold asphalt patch (“blacktop repair”) as a temporary solution, but the permanent asphalt paving requires a hot asphalt mix. It can sometimes take months before the final asphalt paving. The reason for this delay is because of the way asphalt paving services operate.
The City request bids annually for asphalt paving services that includes all patching and small paving jobs of utility cuts. The closest hot asphalt plant to Georgetown is in Conway. Normally, the City’s contractor comes in once per month and permanently repairs all utility cuts based on the list that the City provides. The contract is let on a square foot basis, which means the contractor may skip a month to batch the work to make it more cost efficient for the City. Also, the asphalt plants do not operate during the cold months making it a seasonal business. It is frustrating that it can take so long to get these street repairs complete, but the City is at the mercy of asphalt paving services. The City is always looking for ways to efficiently improve services.
In advance of SC DOT’s reconstruction of Fraser Street (Hwy 17) between the Five-Points intersection and Highmarket Street, the City will begin relocating water, wastewater and electric utilities in corridor. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of July 13 with the closing of Highmarket Street between Fraser and Dozier. For more information, road closure schedule, and updates, go to www.5PointsImprovements.com
The website redesign project has been in development for the past few months and made live today (4/17/15). The goal of the project was to improve access to information for residents, businesses and visitors alike that is available 24/7. We want the site to be the first stop for our local community. We’ve have added a lot more content and have plans to include even more. We’ve also tried to provide multiple ways to find information to make it easier. We’ve included a Facebook feed for official communications from the City. We encourage all residents to follow the Facebook account because it will be a primary source for us to communicate emergency and pertinent local information like closings, water breaks, changes in trash pickup, etc.. We also have plans to add a few new features like a more intuitive Citizens Request Feature that will make reporting issues to the City much easier. We are still in the process of revising forms to make them fillable and we will accept them online if possible. The website will always be a work-in-progress, continuously being updated and improved. The ultimate aim of the project is to leverage new technology to be a more effective and efficient government. But we understand that everyone hasn’t embraced technology, smart phones and social media, so you’ll still always be able to call or visit us in person.
Please experience our new site, but understand there may be some links and pages that still need to be fixed.
The Housing & Community Development Department is looking for a citizens to serve on our Construction Board of Appeals (CBA). The board members needed is one Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer. Applicants should contact the Housing & Community Development Department at (843) 545-4010. Please help the City of Georgetown by serving your community.
The City of Georgetown is looking for a few citizens to serve on our Community Appearance Board (CAB). This board looks at the design, architecture, and landscaping of our Mass Corridor Overlay District (MCOD) that runs along the main streets throughout the City. If you would like to help by serving your City, please give us a call at the Housing & Community Development Department (843) 545-4010 or download the application here.