Cheraw Town Council members discussed improvements in the works for Atlantic Coast Line Avenue during Tuesday’s briefing meeting, focusing most of the conversation on establishing rights of way and the need to clear a portion of railroad tracks in the neighborhood that are blocking traffic views.
The town received a $25,000 grant last fall to help pay for engineers to design necessary improvements in the ACL Avenue area along the curve on Cash Road from Old St. David’s Cemetery to MLK Drive. According to Cheraw Town Administrator Mike Smith, the ACL Neighborhood Project hopes to improve drainage problems, provide better lighting, add sidewalks and repair roads along ACL Avenue.
Smith said the project is “moving forward with title searches on the first set of houses to be torn down.” Efforts are also under way to convince the railroad company to grant the town a right-of-way in that area.
The state maintains the right-of-way along Cash Road, parallel to the railroad tracks. The railroad company has right-of-way on both sides. The company made a deal with the town several years ago to take up a portion of the track in that area, with an agreement that the town would keep it maintained. But the railroad still owns that property, which joins town land on the other side of the tracks where the road is also parallel.
“So what do those yellow marks in the road in front of my mother’s house mean?” asked Council member Jacqueline Shannon-Ellerbe.
Smith said those lines are from surveyors working to establish exactly where the property lines, and rights of way begin and end for everyone.
Council members also talked about the upcoming Independence Day celebration the town will host July 3, at the Cheraw High School athletic field. Last year, the fireworks were rained out. The possibility of moving the event back to the downtown area next year was mentioned, but no decision was made.
Smith told council members the coach-pitch tournament hosted at Arrowhead Park last week generated $4,000 in admission revenue alone, not counting the concession stand profits. He also reported increased attendance for the Third Thursdays event, and anticipates that program will to continue to grow in popularity.
The painting and repair work on the buildings on the Town Green are nearly complete, and painting inside the Theatre on the Green have just begun. Smith said the painting contractor has told him the paint in the theater will continue to peel until a sealant is applied to the exterior brick to prevent moisture from forming on the inside.
The air conditioner in the upstairs portion of Town Hall was repaired this week, just as the air conditioning went out at the gymnastics center.
—Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.