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RCC Quarterly Meeting This Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Rosewood Community Council will hold its quarterly meeting this Thursday, Jan. 19, in the large conference room at Owens Field Airport. Columbia Police Officer Kevin Schmidt will give us an update on public safety. County Councilman Seth Rose will stop by for a brief visit. Todd Martin from Columbia Parks & Recreation will give us an update on the Owens Field Park renovations. And Rosewood neighbor Jennifer Worth and One Columbia for Arts & History executive director, Lee Snelgrove, will tell us about a new neighborhood public arts project that’s in the works. The meeting begins at 6:30, and we hope to see you there.

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RCC meeting this Thursday

County Councilman Seth Rose will attend the Rosewood Community Council’s quarterly meeting this Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ben Arnold Boys & Girls Club on S. Holly Street near Memorial Stadium [map]. Councilman Rose and county government staff members will give an update on the Owens Field Park renovation project, and they’ll answers questions about recent tree cutting, the Miracle Field, storm water management, and other issues. Columbia Police Dept. officer Kevin Schmidt will also be on hand to give a report on public safety as well as new code enforcement initiatives. The meeting will last from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and we hope to see you there.

Avoiding Mosquito Bites

Folks in Rosewood already  know how big a nuisance mosquitoes can be. But the pesky critters can be more than a nuisance. Recently a sample of mosquitoes taken from the Shandon area tested positive for West Nile virus. As a result, Richland County is urging residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Although the risk of serious illness is low, precautions should be taken. “Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms,” said Linda Bell, M.D. and state epidemiologist. “The rise of serious illness is low, with less than one percent of people infected developing a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis.” However, DHEC has identified multiple cases of West Nile in South Carolina this year, including two in Richland County. So take precautions and avoid mosquito bites. Click on the following three links to learn how to protect yourself and your home. protect-your-home-from-mosquitoes protect-yourself-from-mosquito-bites west-nile-virus-action-sheet

Traffic Calming in Rosewood

At the Rosewood Community Council meeting on July 21st at the Arnold Boys & Girls Club, the city of Columbia’s traffic engineer, David Brewer, led a lively discussion on traffic calming in Rosewood. He presented us with a map of 22 possible sites for speed humps in our neighborhood. That map, which was created after many neighbors became alarmed by speeding drivers on our streets, is attached below. We’d like everyone to take a look at the map, and if you live near one of the proposed speed humps, send us a message on whether or not you approve. If you live on a street that doesn’t have any designated sites but you feel it needs speed humps, too, let us know about it. Mr. Brewer says it is up to us, Rosewood neighbors, to approve or reject these speed humps. Construction could begin fairly quickly on the ones that are approved. So give us some feedback. You can make your comments here on this post, at the RCC Facebook page, or by emailing RCC president Mike Miller at mike.rosewoodcouncil@gmail.com. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Rosewood Area Speed Hump Map

RCC Quarterly Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Rosewood Community Council will take place this Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club on Holly Street [map]. The city’s traffic engineer, David Brewer, will lead a discussion about traffic calming in Rosewood. Michael Juras will give an update on the community orchard at Owens Field Park. Also on the agenda will be Officer Kevin Schmidt of the CPD, who will give us a neighborhood public safety report.

Thursday Quarterly Meeting

Please join your neighbors on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. On the agenda:

  • Officer Schmidt, Columbia Police Department
  • Michael Juras, to give a presentation on the walk/bike master plan and its impact on Rosewood
  • Scott Linaberry, to update progress on the renovation of the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field into a microbrewery
  • Owens Field Park construction updates
  • Elections for President, VP, Treasurer, and Secretary

The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map]