The tone at yesterday’s very long SCDOT Commission Meeting was upbeat and positive, with much optimism expressed about the accomplishments of the last year and the many opportunities to come. The meeting was the last of Secretary Limehouse’s, and all Commissioners voiced their appreciation of Limehouse’s leadership and dedication to the Department during his tenure. The Commission will now be working with incoming Secretary St. Onge who was appointed last week by Governor Haley. St. Onge was not present at yesterday’s meeting.
St. Onge, who is fairly new to the transportation sector, will keep all of the DOT Deputy Secretaries in place during his transition and tenure with the department. All three Deputy Secretaries were present for the meeting and offered reports for 2010 and for the year to come.
Chairman Danny Isaac of Myrtle Beach and Vice-Chairman Eddie Adams of Seneca were both re-elected to a second term. All of the commissioners described this first meeting of the year as being one of the most productive and beneficial that the Commission has convened, and there was an overall tone of cooperation and optimism amongst all Commissioners.
As we head into 2011, the PCC looks forward to continuing and fostering new relationships with leadership at DOT. We are planning several meetings with the Department’s administration to begin the formation of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for South Carolina, a goal which we have identified for 2011.