Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) Project Presented at Rotary

by | November 13, 2017 5:44 pm

The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its November 13, 2017 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.   Al Lawson called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. Nick Herrington gave the invocation, and Mitchell Fagler led the pledge and Four-Way Test.

The Rotary member profile was Gail Ware.  Gail was born and raised in Swainsboro and feels blessed to have lived in the best family and time for young people to grow up, the 1950s and ‘60s.  She is the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness (VPIE) at Southeastern Technical College. She is responsible for the STC Swainsboro Campus and has been in higher education since 1990. Ware is the accreditation liaison and has extensive experience as an IE Evaluator. Gail has been married to Johnny Ware for 47 ½ years. The Wares have two children (Jody/Jennifer and Johnna/Justin) and five grandchildren (Madi, Khloe, Harper, Elin, and Ellis).  On Gail’s bucket list of things to do, “the Kentucky Derby.”

The program was the 2011 Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) Project by Al Lawson, Jr. who provided diagrams and explained the various phases of the renovations of Downtown Swainsboro. Phase I was the sidewalks on the North and South sides of the Square. Phase II was the beautiful Patriot Square which draws visitors and photographers from everywhere.  Phase III is now underway to make the Boneyard ADA compliant and more pedestrian friendly. More lights will be replaced with LED lighting that has already cut the power bill tremendously.  North Green Street is included in this phase with sidewalks and walkways for the projected increase in traffic flow as well as for parking that will be needed for the Historic Dixie Theatre after its restoration.  Crosswalks in main traffic areas will also be in Phase III.

The Rotary Cub of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International. Rotarians carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. Find out more about Rotary International at www.rotary.org. Also, like Swainsboro Rotary at https://www.facebook.com/SwainsboroRotary.

 

Article by Gail Ware, Public Relations Chair, Swainsboro Rotary Club

Pictured:  Al Lawson, Jr.

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