Hilton Head council to consider flyover beautification, Fire & Rescue plan

bheffernan@islandpacket.comFebruary 19, 2013 

In this file photo, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division Chief Lavarn Lucas discusses several recommendations from the department's 2013 strategic plan with Town of Hilton Head Island Public Safety Committee members (from left) John McCann, Marc Grant and Bill Harkins.

BRIAN HEFFERNAN, STAFF PHOTO

Hilton Head Island Town Council today will consider committing up to $1 million for beautification of the proposed flyover connecting Bluffton Parkway to U.S. 278 near Moss Creek.

It will also be asked to approve the Fire & Rescue Division's 2013 strategic plan, which includes a recommendation to ban outdoor burning and levy fines for excessive false alarms.

Both topics were heavily debated by committees before coming to council at 4 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Town Centre Court.

Opponents of the proposed Bluffton Parkway flyover have launched a final effort to try to derail the project, just days before Beaufort County Council is expected to vote on the construction contract.

The Hilton Head council is considering committing up to $1 million to pay for aesthetic features and landscaping on the flyover, a set of elevated ramps allowing traffic to flow smoothly from one road to the other, similar to an interchange on an interstate highway.

Also on the agenda today for Hilton Head council: The 112-page Fire & Rescue plan -- which includes 56 procedural and capital project recommendations and won approval Feb. 4 from the Public Safety Committee on some conditions, including removing a request for a fire-rescue boat.

Other suggestions in the plan include:

Check back with The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette for updates, and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

Related content:

  1. Hilton Head fire chief calls for ban on open burning, Jan. 31, 2013
  2. Fire chief proposes off-island hurricane evacuation shelter for Hilton Head, Jan. 28, 2013
  3. False alarms become nuisance, fines needed, Hilton Head fire chief says, Feb. 2, 2013
  4. Hilton Head panel supports $1 million for flyover beautification, Jan. 23, 2013

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