MONARCH — A resident of the Monarch Community is asking for Union County’s help in clearing away the grass that has overgrown the curbing and sidewalks running along a section of the Monarch Highway.
David Berry addressed Union County Council Tuesday evening during its September meeting at the Carlisle Town Hall about the curbing and sidewalk running along Monarch Highway in front of the old Monarch Mill. Berry said that the entire section of the curbing and the sidewalk has been unattended since the mill closed down. He said that as a result some parts of the sidewalk are covered in grass and that grass anywhere from six inches to 18 inches in length has overgrown the curbing.
Berry said he first approached the county about this and said he was told that Monarch Highway is a state road and that the right-of-ways along it are also under the jurisdiction of the state. He said that he then contacted the SC Department of Transportation about the matter, but that even after repeatedly contacting the SCDOT nothing had been done.
Berry is a member of Welcome Baptist Church which is also on the Monarch Highway and just a short distance away from the old mill. He pointed out that the church is currently hosting the fall semester of the Believer’s Institute For Biblical Studies. Berry said that in August some 70 ministers and their wives were in Union for the annual Preacher’s Jubillee. He said they and those attending the fall semester had to drive past the overgrown area along the highway on their way to the church and he said what they see does not show Union County in a good light.
Berry asked for council’s help in getting the problem addressed by getting the overgrown grass cleared away and the area again made presentable.
Following Berry’s presentation, Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said that because it is on a state highway and right-of-ways, the overgrown grass is a state responsibility. Hart said he did have a number for an SCDOT liaison in Chester who he would contact about the matter.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.