Griffin proposes Church Creek basin maintenance shelf

Griffin proposes Church Creek basin maintenance shelf
January 02 17:12 2018 Print This Article

Incoming Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin told the First Monday Republican Club about his plans to build a maintenance shelf (access path) in a hard-to-access section of the Church Creek drainage basin. The lunch group usually meets the first Monday of each month at Easterby’s restaurant on Ashley River Road. Griffin has been in discussions with County Council Chairman Vic Rawl about the plan. He intends to discuss the project with CSX railroad, which owns rights of way in the basin. City Councilmen Bill Moody and Marvin Wagner were in attendance.

Griffin walked the entire 5000-acre basin during the 2017 campaign in which he defeated incumbent Dean Riegel and Summer Massey and made fixing the drainage system the cornerstone of his campaign. He told the group that the city and county need to collaborate on a systematic drainage maintenance plan and that CSX and utility conglomerate SCANA can assist in the effort. Griffin also pointed out that trash and debris in the drainage ditches hurt West Ashley’s public image.  See a map of the basin here: http://churchcreekbasinstudy.com

Griffin urged those in attendance to show up at the January 23 public hearing on the Charleston’s efforts to annex 2200 acres in the Ashley River Historic District between Drayton Hall Plantation and Magnolia Gardens. North Charleston has its sights set on the property and would likely allow high-density development there. The land sits outside of the urban growth boundary agreed to by Charleston and Charleston County. Griffin said, “All that water drains into Church Creek. It would be devastating if that land was developed.” He also noted that Highway 61 is already gridlocked during rush hour.