We will be marking storm drains with the help of City of Columbia!
Tools will be provided, however please remember to bring gloves and water to drink! Depending on how many volunteers we get we will divide up into teams to help make this a successful event!!
Meet at Rosewood Park at 9am! Meeting will last approximately 2 hours.
Please see the link below to the event on Facebook!
Summary Of Events:
This was our first meeting since the start of the pandemic and we were so pleased to see a good turnout (including the aircraft) on what turned out to be a gorgeous evening weather wise.
Will Brennan was the first speaker of the evening who spoke about update to the city’s water infrastructure. A total of 22 million will be spent over the 3 phases, of which we are currently in the planning of the 1st phase which the funding approval and budget will be discussed at the meeting Tuesday evening (4/20). If you or someone you know has instances of brown water please do not hesitate to reach out to Will directly at email@example.com.
Will also the mural project going on in 4 different districts celebrating Black History. You might have noticed the mural going up at Valencia Park on S. Kilbourne created by artist McClellan Douglas who is a Hand/Dreher alumni.
CRT Mason Frier with CPD sadly announced that he will be leaving us, but it’s fantastic news for him as he has gotten a promotion and as of May 1st he will be joining the Special Victims Unit. We are so happy for this for him and we will welcome his replacement CRT Keisha Parks to our next meeting. Until May you can reach Mason at 803-391-6203.
Mason also talked about the drop in auto break ins, especially since there were arrests made in the catalytic converter thefts plaguing the area. There have also been some key arrests made throughout the county that will affect our local property crimes.
Tameika Isaac Devine joined us to speak about the American Rescue Plan and the funding that could potentially be allocated to helping with direct Covid relief for small businesses, first responders, essential front line workers and more. They are also discussing how to maximize the budget at the meeting on Tuesday.
Herrick Brown gave us an update on all the work being done to the nature trail, especially with the funds awarded from grants with Columbia Green and Palmetto Pride. We’ve had over 3000 volunteered person hours for at least 500 individual plantings, including some plants graciously donated by volunteers. The intent is to continue plant native species to help foster the other flora and fauna that have returned to the area after that area was barren for over a decade.
We also invite you to attend the official Ribbon Cutting for the Pump Track on April 27th at 11am if you are available! It’s gotten a lot of use already and draws in people from all over the tri county area to enjoy.
Other Concerns Addressed
Attendees discussed wanting more traffic calming near the schools, increased patrols in high speed areas, trash clean ups, storm drain marking and cleaning, speed bumps.
We will have the first meeting of 2021 thisThursday, April 15that the Hangar at Owens Field. We will be abiding by mask wearing and social distancing guidelines and will mostly remain outside on the green space.
Please come and enjoy the weather if you feel comfortable!
6:00 Social Time/Drink/Food Orders
6:30 Call To Order/Welcome Back
6:40 CRT Mason Frier w/Police Updates
6:50 Herrick Brown – Nature Trail/RCCC
Columbia Green/Palmetto Pride grants &plantings
7:10 Will Brennan
7:30 Social Time/Adjourn
A city election is coming up in a few weeks, and South Carolina’s new voting system will be used in Columbia for the first time. Here’s a handy guide to how it works: scec_10856_01_Cast_Your_Ballot_8.5 X 11_2019_02 (00000002)
Jay Rogers lives in Shandon and has kids who attend Rosewood Elementary. He also chairs the Rosewood Elementary School Improvement Council. He got in touch recently to let us know about a possible change to the intersection of Rosewood Drive and S. Walker, a place where numerous kids and families cross Rosewood Drive going to and from school. The proposed change would make Rosewood Drive right-turn only at that intersection. A concrete median would be constructed in the middle of Rosewood Drive at that intersection, with a single wide crosswalk cut through the middle. Two “Yield to Pedestrians” signs like the ones around USC would also be installed. South Carolina DOT has approved the plan, and they’re now looking to get feedback from neighbors about the change. A schematic of the plan is attached below. Comments left at this post will be passed along to the School Improvement Council.
At the January meeting of Rosewood Community Council, a lengthy discussion was held about possible solutions to the problem of drivers speeding through the neighborhood. City Councilman Moe Baddourah and city traffic engineer David Brewer asked the neighborhood to submit a proposal for desired sites for traffic-calming measures. Rosewood residents responded strongly, and a committee collated the requests and submitted a map to the city for review. A couple weeks ago, Mr. Brewer sent us the city’s return proposal, and it’s a very good one with many of the requested sites designated for traffic-calming measures. Yesterday, June 18, Columbia City Council voted to approve the plan. Rep. Seth Rose has asked DOT to issue the necessary permits, and Councilman Baddourah says implementation of the measures could begin within two months. A map of the proposed traffic-calming measures for Rosewood is attached below.
Thank you to everyone who came to Rosewood Community Council’s quarterly meeting on April 18. As someone said afterwards, it was great to feel so much energy in the room and see so many people invested in our community. Here’s a brief summary of the meeting with contact information for the guest speakers.
Given recent public safety concerns in central Rosewood, CPD officer Mason Frier invited Sgt. Christopher Morris, investigator R.M. Henry, and Captain John Williams to address our group. It was a lively discussion, and we received a lot of good advice from the policemen. Contact info: Captain Williams, 803-737-5880; investigator Henry, 803-545-4255; Officer Frier, 803-391-6203; Sgt. Morris, 803-315-5428. Also, Sgt. Morris informed us that anyone who would like to host a front-porch roll call may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for a front-porch roll call by contacting Officer Frier at email@example.com.
We also met John Loveday, a candidate for the District 3 seat on Columbia City Council. He will be opposing Moe Baddourah, who is up for re-election in the November election. You can contact Mr. Loveday at firstname.lastname@example.org and 803-728-6821.
Our Rosewood neighbor Jen Coody, who works for the Columbia Animal Mission, gave us a brief outline of improvements coming to the Paw Path in Rosewood Park. New landscaping is being done, and more memorial bricks are being added. If you would like to purchase a brick to remember and honor a former pet, go to animalmission.org or call 803-776-7387. It costs $50 to purchase a brick and all proceeds go to the Animal Mission.
Thanks, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on July 18 in the large conference room at Owens Field Airport. This will be an important meeting because we will be accepting nominations for new officers for Rosewood Community Council. Nominations for president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer will be accepted, and the vote will take place at our October meeting. Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you in July.
Hi folks, I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to the New Year. I thought I’d take a minute to recap 2018 in Rosewood and provide a glimpse into what we might expect in 2019. The renovation of Memorial Stadium is 99 percent complete, and it looks absolutely great. The upgrades were direly needed, and the plan was a good one. However, we had some parking issues during a couple games at the end of the season. The reconfigured parking lot has taken away some parking spaces, and neighbors on surrounding streets were inconvenienced by overflow parking. District One and the police department are aware of the problem and are working towards a solution. Also, when the press box construction is completed, the new public address system will be installed, and we’ve been informed that it will be integrated into the scoreboard. That means it will be loud and pointed towards homes in Rosewood. We will be vigilant in monitoring the situation and informing District One of excessive noise if that occurs.
Traffic calming is still an issue in Rosewood, and while it’s a frustratingly complex problem, we will be pursuing possible remedies in 2019. The “Welcome to Rosewood” sign was reinstalled on S. Holly across from the Publix entrance, and it looks great. A special thanks to Tim Malson and the Rosewood Rangers for making that happen. The hard work and generosity of the Rangers continues to be a shining testament to Rosewood’s gregarious character. Rosewood Park has seen some improvements, and after a bit of excitement, a “Welcome to Rosewood Community” sign was successfully erected at the corner of Montgomery and S. Holly.
A cool holiday social/fundraiser was held recently at Cock ‘n’ Bull pub, and we hope to have another such event in 2019. The Hunter-Gatherer Hangar and City Roots Farm have become busy, fun-filled destinations not only for Rosewood folks but also for lots of people from other downtown neighborhoods. The Rosewood Public Orchard is still going strong, and a hearty thanks to all the people helping to maintain it. Owens Field Park is one of Rosewood’s most vibrant assets, and we’ve begun the formation of a “Friends of Owens Field Park” group to preserve and manage the park and its unique urban forest. We received a $2K grant from Richland County Conservation Commission to reintroduce native species of plants into the park, and we will continue those efforts with more plantings in 2019.
OK, whew. It seems like there’s never a dull moment in The Wood. Quarterly meetings of Rosewood Community Council have been scheduled for 2019, and they will take place in the large conference room at Owens Field Airport on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October. This will be the second year of my second term as president, so I’ll be stepping down at the end of 2019. Treasurer Cyndy Storm will end her tenure as well. We’ve had wonderful support from Vice-president Mike Ely and Secretary Julie McCaulley the past two years. Nominations for officers will take place in July, and voting will be done in October. I’ve had a blast and will do my best in 2019 to make sure Rosewood remains the coolest neighborhood in Columbia. Happy New Year, everyone, from the Rosewood Community Council!
President, Rosewood Community Council
Hi folks, I hope everyone is having a nice summer and managing to stay cool in this heat. Another organization has booked the airport conference room this Thursday, so since we’re in the middle of a hot-and-lazy summer and a lot of people are out of town, we’ve decided to do what we did a few years ago and have an informal Rosewood Community Council social on the patio of Dano’s pizza. It will be this Thursday, the 19th, starting around the usual time of 6:30. I hope many of you will stop by to visit with your Rosewood neighbors, and have a Coke, beer, or a glass of tea. No official agenda, but if you have an issue you need to tell us about, we’ll certainly take note of it.
I’d also like to take a minute to give a mid-year report of news and happenings around the neighborhood.
- The Rosewood Public Orchard is doing great, and there are lots of things to pick. A big thanks to Karen Murphy for her energy and hard work to keep it going.
- Rosewood Community Council has been awarded a $2,100 grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission for an Owens Field Trail Restoration project. We’ll be planting 36 trees and other native plants along the trail this fall. Thanks go to Debbie Bloom for spearheading this project.
- While we’re talking about Owens Field, I’m sure many of you have heard that Columbia Parks & Rec. received a $95,000 grant to build a bicycle pump track at the end of the park near Jim Hamilton Blvd. We’ll keep you updated on what type of track it will be and when construction will commence.
- Hopefully, we’ll get some movement soon on promised upgrades to Rosewood Park, primarily the split rail fence along Montgomery to keep people from parking in the park. Also, a park sign of a more permanent, theft-proof nature has been proposed for the corner. We’ll keep on them to make this happen.
- There are two big events coming to City Roots Farm during the next couple of months. The annual Tasty Tomato Festival that benefits Sustainable Midlands will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11. And a major music festival is scheduled for City Roots on Sept. 22. We’ll pass along more info on that as it becomes available.
- Finally, we’re planning to have a National Night Out event in Rosewood Park on Tuesday, Aug. 7. So be on the lookout for upcoming notices about this really fun family affair.
OK, folks, that’s about it. Thanks to all of you for helping make Rosewood the coolest neighborhood in Columbia, even in the middle of a heat wave, and I hope to see some of you at Dano’s this Thursday.
— Mike Miller, president Rosewood Community Council