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Lucas not running for city council in May

Lucas won’t run for council seat. Photo by Rick Tobin

Lucas won’t run for council seat. Photo by Rick Tobin

Walterboro City Councilman Charles Lucas will not run for office again after he finishes his second term in office on May 28.

“I’m not going to run for re-election. I’ve served two terms, that’s eight years in office. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, but I’m an advocate for term limits. There are plenty of people who can fill the expiring seats, and they can do a good job. I’m ready to fade away.”

Lucas is proud of what he and other members of council have accomplished over the past eight years. “We have had a good council that has done a good job working together with city officials.”

Lucas said that he is proud of what council members and city officials and employees have accomplished in the construction of the Downtown Arborscape. “I’m a big advocate of Main Street, and the businesses downtown, partly because I have a business downtown,” Lucas said. He is associated with Walterboro Realty, LLC, at 350 East Washington Street. The business has been in operation for about 13 years. “As a council, we also pushed to make the Colleton Museum and Farmers’ Market part of our Central Business District.” He added that he hopes that area along Memorial Street will be landscaped in a manner similar to East Washington Street.

While serving on council, Lucas and other members worked hard to build the infrastructure of the Walterboro City Fire Department. While in office, he and other members of council helped the department to purchase a ladder truck and a burn building, a building that actually catches fire and can be used by firefighters to practice putting out fires. City water lines were also improved to help provide better water pressure to help with firefighting. “This will hopefully bring down the city’s ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating somewhat, it is now being re-evaluated, and could bring the rate down by approximately 10 percent.”

Lucas is also proud of the progress that has been made within the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary during his time in office. Formerly the Great Swamp Sanctuary, main trails and hiking paths have been constructed within the low-lying area along South Jefferies Boulevard. The area has also undergone moderate landscaping, but has retained its wilderness-like nature. “We have been continuing with the expansion of the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, and it is something that every resident in the city and county should be both pleased with and proud of.”

For the past four years, Lucas has been a member of the city’s Finance Committee. “We have been active in trying to hold down increases in water rates. Although the rates have gone up some, they are in the bottom 20 percent of the state.” Lucas added the committee has also tried to keep millage rates and business license fees as low as possible.

Lucas said he wants to continue serving the city in one manner or another, however. “I will continue to work at Walterboro Realty, and I may try to get on a board or committee with the city in the future. I still want to be involved with the community,” he noted.