Shandon Neighborhood Association meets
In November 2009, the Shandon Neighborhood Association began working on extending the designation protection that currently exists in the Shandon neighborhood. On Monday March 1, 2010, at the Shandon Neighborhood Association meeting, Carla Moore, Shandon Neighborhood council member, said the association has asked the Columbia City Council to institutionalize the Interim Measures that Shandon has been under for the last 18 months. Moore said question and answer sessions are being scheduled for residents of Shandon, the first Sunday March 14 at either Emily Douglas Park or Sims Park. On March 29, a vote for the residents will be held concerning this matter. Further details concerning the vote will be announced at a later date.
On December 17, 2009, Emily Douglas Park opened a new amphitheatre. According to Lee Rambo, a member on the Steering Committee for Emily Douglas Park, the amphitheatre is only the first step in the master plan for the park. Rambo announced that the committee is embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise $60,000 to be used for new playground equipment.
“We want to get modern, safe, inviting playground equipment the neighborhood children can enjoy,” Rambo says.
Donations can be sent to Emily Douglas Park at The Parks and Recreation Foundation, Attention: Ms. Shawncee Sapp, P.O Box 573, Columbia SC 29202.
Representative James Smith announced that South Carolina is in the running to land a renewable energy company that could bring 1800 jobs to South Carolina. The project is still in the early stages and according to Smith could bring with it a $500 million investment from South Carolina. South Carolina is competing with China to bring in the energy company, Smith believes that South Carolina is in great shape.
“I am working hard to bring not only this company but a number of other companies into South Carolina.”