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Berkeley Hall residents reject settlement from Beaufort County

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Berkeley Hall residents in Beaufort County have rejected a proposed settlement agreement allowing the county to immediately proceed with construction on a frontage road to serve the St. Gregory Catholic Church and the St. Gregory the Great Elementary School.

The agreement had been reviewed and approved by the traffic engineer hired by Berkeley Hall and ensured that the residents would have unimpeded access to enter and leave the community.

This would have occurred through design improvements to the entrance road and pressure sensitive traffic signal timing.

All costs of construction for the improvements to the road and installation of landscape architecture to maintain the look of Berkeley Hall would be paid by the county.

Gary Kubic, Beaufort County Administrator said in a statement, "I'm disappointed in this decision. Putting a child in harm's way because of a perceived loss in value to a private club community is unconscionable."

Because Berkeley Hall rejected the settlement, the county is requesting the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control move forward with the issuance of its permit that will allow the county to move forward with construction of the frontage road.

The SCDEH decision will become final 15 calendar days after notice of the decision has been mailed to the applicant and any affected persons who have requested in writing to be notified unless the decision is appealed to the SCDHEC Board.

Kubic went on to further say in a statement, "We understand that Berkeley Hall has chosen to continue fighting the issuance of our regulatory permits rather than allow us to construct the necessary traffic safety improvement. However, we are 100% committed to ensuring this frontage road is built because it represents the only traffic improvement that will actually provide a long term safety solution. We have told the Church previously and are now telling the public, the minute Berkeley Hall drops this litigation, the County will immediately move forward on building this frontage road."

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