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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all South Carolinians who were victims of the devastating floods last week. Many neighbors in Rosewood lost their entire homes. A Facebook page has been created to coordinate efforts to help those in Rosewood who’s homes flooded. Please follow that page and consider volunteering your time or donating supplies. Also, several GoFundMe accounts have been set up to allow people to donate directly to neighbors.
Please join your neighbors on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. We have on the agenda:
-Officer Schmidt, the new PACE officer for our neighborhood
-Proposed Miracle Field at Owens Field Park
-Proposed changes to the city’s zoning laws that would allow high density housing on Rosewood Drive.
The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
The October quarterly meeting of the Rosewood Community Council has been postponed. Stay tuned for details on the next meeting.
Richland County will be hosting a 10k run and a 5k run/walk on Saturday, October 4, at 7:45am, with the race beginning and ending at the Hamilton-Owens airport in Rosewood.
The race–Richland R.U.N.S., a charity road race that celebrates the Rural, Urban, Neighborhoods, and Suburbs of the county–will benefit United Way of the Midlands, and give participants the opportunity to learn about the county’s aviation history. The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation hangar will be open for touring.
The neighborhood with the most pre-registered participants will be recognized during the awards ceremony.
Jenna Stephens began the meeting with introductions. Officer Alex Broder of the City of Columbia Police Department discussed the reorganization of the department’s Pro-Active Community Enforcement (PACE) team. The PACE team has been decentralized but will continue to be active in the city’s communities. The south region PACE team will report to a regional captain and have three officers dedicated to the region, in addition to Officer Broder. Officer Broder encouraged residents to continue to be watchful and vigilant and to report any suspicious behavior they see.
Residents can view local crime statistics using the RAIDS Online website and may contact Officer Broder at (803) 315-9143 or email@example.com.
Andy Whitfield of the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, which serves as an advisory board to the city, discussed the Commission’s request to have the city begin to bury power lines. The Commission is asking local organizations to adopt its utility resolution, which encourages the city to route power and utility cables underground for safety reasons and aesthetic appearance. Because it did not have a quorum at the meeting, RCC was unable to take a vote on the resolution but will put forth a vote via e-mail.
Karen Kuse of the Montessori School of Columbia provided an update to the school’s plans. The school is currently renovating the home at 413 S. Maple St. It also has a contract on 411 S. Maple, which it plans to renovate for offices, and it intends to eventually tear down the home at 415 S. Maple and build a new classroom building. The school has also received the title to the street for the block of Oceola between S. Maple and Howard and will close that block to vehicular traffic. The school had a strategic planning meeting in Feb. 2014 where it solidified its plans for growth. The school plans to grow to no more than 108 students (87 currently) so that it can maintain small classrooms with personal interaction with students and their families.
Jenna stated that some members of the community have expressed concerns about the overuse and appearance of Owens Field Park. In addition to the YMCA’s soccer league and the use of the Dreher High School track, a Miracle Field is planned for the park. Mike Miller, vice president of RCC, plans to send a letter to the city’s parks department formally asking the department to assess the use of the park.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.