Last updated: March 27. 2014 8:48AM - 865 Views
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CARLISLE — The Town of Carlisle is supporting a study of the feasibility of a local public transit system.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Section 5311 Rural Transportation Program provides funding to rural communities for transit system operations. Before they can be approved for funding for their proposed public transit systems, however, the SCDOT requires communities to conduct and submit a feasibility study of the project.

In February, Union County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting a Transit Feasibility Study and agreeing to allocate $4,375 as a local match for the $39,375 in federal ($35,000) and state ($4,375) funds included in a grant the county is applying for.

On Tuesday, Carlisle Town Council weighed in on the matter by voting unanimously to approve a resolution supporting the proposed Transit Feasibility Study.

The resolution approved by the town council states that “public transport can positively impact a region’s economy, improve air quality, reduce congestion, improve mobility, increase personal independence, and enhance economic competitiveness by improving the overall quality of life for all citizens.”

It further states that public transport improves the “welfare of people and communities by creating more convenient, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.”

The resolution also points out that “public transit is especially important for older adults, people with disabilities, and children, who cannot or choose not to drive but need access to community programs, services, and social activities.”

Both the resolution approved by the town council on Tuesday and the resolution approved by county council in February, point out that recent economic growth has caused Union County’s population to grow by 5.9 percent between 2010-2011.

A report that accompanied by the resolution approved by county council in February states that the population and economic growth that has occurred in recent years has created a need for public transit to meet the workforce related transit needs of the citizens of Union County. These needs could be met through the establishment of an effective and efficient public transit service to allow Union County residents to better access both employment and job training opportunities.

Cattle Limit

In other business, council voted unanimously to approve second and final reading of an ordinance that limits the number of cattle a resident can keep on their property to 25 or less.

Council approved first reading of the ordinance in February, and Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said at the time that the ordinance was prompted by a new resident who said he wanted to set up a cattle ranch with a hundred or more head of cattle within the town limits. She said that after meeting with the resident and viewing the site of the proposed cattle ranch it was determined that the homes in the area were so close together that the ranch could possibly infringe on the rights of the neighbors. The town then contacted the new resident and informed him of its conclusions and then proceeded with the ordinance limiting the number of cattle a Carlisle resident can have on their property.

While the ordinance limits the number of cattle to 25 or less, Ferguson-Glenn stressed it did not forbid a property owner from keeping cattle on their property. Ferguson-Glenn said that property owners who want to keep more than 25 head of cattle on their property must first get authorization from the town council. She said that council will review any and all such requests on a case by case basis.

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