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Recreation: County sees $1.5 million in savings at park projects

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Early predictions that new parks and recreation facilities being built throughout Georgetown County could be completed under budget are so far proving true.

With bidding on five parks done and construction under way, the county is $3 million ahead of its target and work is on schedule, said Steve Goggans, principal of SGA Architecture, which is the lead agency for the projects.

The county budgeted $33 million for the work. Bidding for the final three projects should be done in the next 90 days.

Goggans predicted the final cost for the work would end up being about $31.5 million.

“We’re needless to say quite proud of this. We feel very good about our position as we stand before you today,” Goggans told County Council this week.

The update was requested by County Council Member Bob Anderson, but he said it didn’t have the kind of detail he was looking for.

“I would truly like to see on each project how we’re doing as far as physical progress,” he said. He also wants cost analyses for each.

“We’re spending a lot of money. I hate to get down in the middle of this, but that’s why folks elected us – to oversee the management of these projects,” Anderson said.

Goggans will give a more in-depth report to council during a special meeting Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in council chambers. Council will also receive its annual capital improvement project update during that meeting.

While county officials keep their fingers crossed that bids for parks keep coming in under budget, Nancy Blackwell of Litchfield has an idea of how she would like the county to spend some of its savings.

She asked council on Tuesday to consider purchasing her property on Ford Road, which borders Stables Park, at a cost of $260,000. The property is about three-fourths of an acre and includes a modular home designed for the handicapped.

The property’s proximity to the park has made it difficult to sell, she told council. She wants to move to a house in Litchfield Country Club.

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