North Charleston mayor delivers State of the City address

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey gave a sunny outlook in his State of the City address Thursday night.

In his pre-recorded video address, the mayor talked about where the city has been in the past year and where it's going in 2012. He says general revenue went up nearly $2 million this year.

The mayor then listed off a number of projects in the works including a new county and city centralized dispatch center which is now under construction and slated to be finished in 2013.

The mayor says plans are in place for a new $40 million public works facility on the old Charleston Naval base adding construction is well underway on Shipwatch Square.

"We have bought this property and we are going to bring it a central location for people on the southern end of the city," Summey said.

The mayor says when it's finished, there will be a grocery, drug store and bank there. Another project underway is Westcott Park, a state of the art baseball facility with major league size fields.

To alleviate traffic issues, Summey says an alternate entrance to Tanger Outlets is also in the works. He also mentioned future growth in the aeronautics industry is expected on the heels of Boeing.

The mayor added violent crime has dropped for another year in North Charleston.

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