Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kimo Esarey, 60, has served on city council for 16 years. He is seeking re-election this year. He also serves as mayor pro-tem. He has lived in Goose Creek for 34 years.
“I want to keep the city like it is,” Esarey said. “I think we’re the best place to raise a family and I’d like to keep it the best place to raise a family and keep taxes down. It’s a great place to live. I’ve raised all three of my kids here.”
Esarey said that, while some growth is needed, it should be closely monitored.
“We’d like to see a little more growth in the city, some more office buildings and jobs,” he said. “That should be limited. We’ll find out once the consultant comes back with results ...
“If there’s nothing we can do to create more jobs in the city then there’s nothing we can do. We’ve been a bedroom community and that was our task for years and years.
“Growing Goose Creek in a responsible manner is still a priority. Fire, sanitation ... after that, the rest is what we can afford to do. Develop the fire department.”
Esarey said the city should “make the best use out of the Casey Center.”
“My goal when I was on city council was to grow the recreation department. When I was chairman of the recreation department, we were very limited to what we can do,” he said.
He said the recreation center was upgraded along with Felkel Field and the recreation facility at Goose Creek Primary.
“In the last two years, it’s been one of those things where we do what we need to do but not more. People have been strapped for money. We had to raise sanitation fees and it was time.
“We’ve got to be really careful what we do with the hospitality tax money. That was a great opportunity for us. Let everybody share the burden, not just the residents and property owners of Goose Creek.
“We still need to be very conscious of what we do with that money. That’s why we have a strategic plan every year.”
Esarey said when he moved to Goose Creek, his was the fifth house built in Crowfield.
“I worked with Westvaco and developed Crowfield. I know how cities develop and how they grow, and I think I’m involved enough in the school systems. I was on the Charleston County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for four years ...
“Being on council, you need to know what other people are thinking.”
Esarey works as the broker in charge for Caldwell Banker United Realtors in Goose Creek, where he manages about 40 agents.