How has James Island benefitted from
Kathleens leadership? Here are a few examples:
Quality of life. Kathleen,
with help from James Island PSD and Islanders for Responsible Expansion
representatives, helped to save 40 grand trees slated for removal from
the key island intersection of Folly and Camp Roads.
- As a proven supporter of sidewalks
and bike lanes, Kathleen worked with school, county and state officials
to obtain a Safe Routes to School grant for Stiles Point Elementary
- Kathleen has worked with neighborhoods
to slow traffic and make them safer for residents.
- Kathleen worked with citizens to
stop the potential building of a Super WalMart on Folly Road. It was
to be constructed on land that was specifically protected from development
after the building of the original WalMart. Kathleen repeatedly made
this point to WalMart officials.
- Kathleen has appeared before the
Planning commission on multiple occasions to ask for reduced density
zonings or to deny zonings that she felt were not in James Islanders
best interests. She has won every time she has appeared to speak on
a James Island zoning issue.
- A believer in community assets,
Kathleen has consistently monitored and kept local residents informed
of the plans for DeMetre(Sunrise) Park, calling for neighborhood meetings
when needed. This park is a new and beautiful asset to James Island.
- Kathleen immediately responded when
a developer tried to place four docks on one property by objecting and
mandating a public hearing on the issue. The docks were reduced from
four to one and that remaining dock was reduced in size and scope, appropriate
to the surrounding neighborhood.
Recreation. Through good relationships
and clear communication, Kathleen worked with City officials to purchase
many acres of land situated between the James Island Recreation Center
and James Island Charter High School to enhance recreational opportunities.
No homes will be built on the purchased land.
- A long time supporter of recreation,
Kathleen assisted in the decision to purchase solar panels for the four
city swimming pools. The James Island Rec Center pool can now extend
its season length, serving many more residents for additional weeks
and saving tremendously on heating costs for the year around facilities.
- Through very direct comments made
at City Council, Kathleen was a driving force in the doubling of square
footage at the Arthur Christopher city gym currently under construction.
Schools and institutions. Kathleen
has consistently shown strong support for James Island schools and institutions-
- Appearing before Charleston County
School Board to speak in support of charter renewal for James Island
Charter High School.
- Bringing the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra to JICHS for a public performance, the first on the island
in many years and first ever at the school.
- Expediting the installation of the
scoreboard at Fort Johnson Middle School.
- Assisting the JICHS Band Booster
Club members in their efforts to hold fundraisers.
- Kathleen assisted the Church of
the Nativity in aquiring a zoning variance for its Folly Rd. signage
and is a supporter of the St. James Foundation.
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