Mark Phillips, City Council

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Provided Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips, 65, has been on Goose Creek City Council for 20 years. He is up for re-election this year.

I want to continue the successes the citys had, Phillips said. Ive had a lot of experience and I want to offer that continuity and experience in the future. Weve got a lot of things going.

Were in the midst of building the fire stations and water system improvements.

I think Ive got the professional experience and experience on city council to be valuable to the people of Goose Creek.

Phillips said its important that the city work as a team, build consensus, and plan strategically.

We dont always have to agree on stuff but have to come to some agreement of where were going. Weve been able to do that. We always emphasize basic services as being important to the city. Thats where the fire station and water system comes in, he said.

The city also is working on economic development after the improvements to downtown. Phillips said council is working with a consultant to do economic studies to receive input as to what direction the city should move and what opportunities are out there.

Phillips said, after the new fire station headquarters is built in a year and a half, hed like to see the current headquarters sit incubate some development.

I know everybody wants a restaurant, or some development that would encourage more development downtown, a high-quality office space or some retail. A restaurant would be the first priority.

The hospitality bill will be used toward recreation and tourism projects. Although council hasnt decided what to do with the money yet, Phillips said he would like to see the recreation center expand. Thats money thats going to be coming in. Theres things we can do long term. Id like us to see us use some of the park property.

The city owns about 15 acres in a wooded area across from the Casey Center. There is other property near the public works building that could be turned into a park.

Id like to see us developing one or two of those properties. We havent been able to more forward because of other priorities.

The Casey Center likely will be torn down in the next two years. Phillips would like to see that property turned into a park or improved tennis facilities, he said.

Phillips has lived in Goose Creek for 25 years. He is a civil engineer.

In the last 10 years Ive been working on construction sites and construction quality management. Ive got a lot of building experience.

In the time hes been on council, there have been infrastructure improvements to the public works center, the recreation center, fire stations and the municipal center. He said hed like to see that continue.

Its important for the city to keep moving forward in the direction it keeps going. I know theres a lot of talk of attracting more business. Im for that too. We need to have balanced growth.

Our vision for the city is to be a better place to live work and play. The working part: we need more places for people to work, jobs in the city. Business will come once the infrastructure is there.

Weve got to have good roads, water, sewer, fire and police protection, good schools. All that adds up in the decision making process when businesses come here.

Were doing our part to create that environment. We dont want to have to raise taxes to do it. Were moving responsibly. The new fire stations are going to be a great improvement to our public safety in the area.

Ive been out walking, talking to people and theyre pretty satisfied in Goose Creek. Every once in a while restaurants come up, but thats been going for years.

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