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Richmond Hill approves new logo
Council hears opposition to proposed development change
Richmond Hill Logo-11-18-14

Members of Richmond Hill City Council voted to update the city's "brand" Tuesday night, approving by a unanimous vote a new city logo modeled after the Ogeechee River's famous -- at least to locals -- Seven Mile Bend.

It was unclear Tuesday how much the change will cost the city, but officials said the last time the city updated its logo may have been for its 25th anniversary in 1987. The city was incorporated in 1962.

Council also held a first reading of a change to a Richmond Hill Plantation master plan which would allow a mix of commercial and residential development on 10.8 acres at the corner of Port Royal Road and Sterling Links Way. The city took no action during the reading, but could vote on whether to approve the change at its next meeting.

Richmond Hill Plantation resident Jake Mullins spoke out again against the change, saying residents are opposed to "any new development" at that area until a light is put in at the crowded intersection of Port Royal Road and Highway 144.

Council members seemed sympathetic, saying a light is needed, and Elbow Cay Land Holdings LLC spokesman Terry Coleman told the council the developer is prepared to "write a check" to help pay for a light there.

Also, retired Army Master Sergeant Richard Kucharek and residents Louise Benes and Dana Benes got council's approval to put up a memorial in a cul-de-sac on Osprey Drive to honor retired Army Command Sergeant Major Robert Gallagher, who lived in Richmond Hill for 14 years and spent much of that time deployed in combat.

Gallagher died of a heart attack Oct. 13 after beign retired for 10 months. The highly-decorated ranger was a veteran of Iraq and Panama and was wounded in the "Blackhawk Down" battle in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993.

More to follow.

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