2019 Q1 Town Notes Newsletter Published

In this Issue:
  • Municipal Election & Swearing In 
  • Town Council Quarter In Review
  • Committee Openings
  • Changes to Law Enforcement Approach
  • Town of Kiawah's Road to Incorporation - Celebrating 30 years
  • Charitable Contribution Spotlight- Sweetgrass Garden Cooperative
  • College of Charleston Flood Mitigation Partnership
  • Grow Native Online Plant Database
  • Fall Migration Summary
8th Annual Sea Islands Christmas Bird Countbird

The 8th Annual Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count will be held on  Friday,  January 4, 2019.  The count area includes Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Wadmalaw Island, and John's Island. Count organizer  Aaron Given, TOKI Wildlife Biologist  is looking for Kiawah residents that would like to participate. 
In particular, Aaron is looking for residents that have bird feeders and are willing to count the birds that visit their feeders throughout the day.  In addition, if anyone still has Painted Buntings or hummingbirds coming to their bird feeders, please let him know.   If you are interested in participating,  email Aaron Given .  

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a volunteer-based bird census conducted each winter.  The National Audubon Society has sponsored the event since 1900 when the first CBCs were held.  Currently, there are over 2,000 CBCs conducted across North and South America (and other countries) every year and the results are provided in an annual online journal called American Birds.
Kiawah My Classic Car Episode to Air January 5 mcc
Cars on Kiawah PREVIEW | S23E01
Cars on Kiawah PREVIEW | S23E01
Dennis Gage, of the long-running TV show My Classic Car, filmed an episode at the 2018 Cars on Kiawah to air in 2019 on the Velocity channel. The episode will premiere on Saturday, January 5 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Watch the preview here 

Each episode features classic cars, and often auto events, from around the nation. Cars on Kiawah drew Dennis' attention due to the quality of cars, the laid-back atmosphere and the stunning landscape of Ocean Park.
TOKI Committee Openings committee
The Town of Kiawah has one opening on the Planning Commission Committee and two openings on the Public Safety Committee. All interested parties should send their resume or CV to the Town Clerk Petra Reynolds at preynolds@kiawahisland.org.

Planning Commission: primary objectives are to approve plats and make recommendations to the Town Council on planned development, zoning district and map amendments, zoning text amendments, and comprehensive plan updates. Members serve a four-year term.

Public Safety Committee: 
responsible for assisting the Town in meeting its state-mandated responsibilities with regard to maintaining order and law enforcement and to initiate and consider proposals and methods to upgrade and improve public safety on the Island and to manage our beach safety. Members serve a one year term. 
FY 2018-2019 Charitable Grant Applications Available cc
Given the available resources, the Town of Kiawah supports a variety of charitable and educational organizations that are recognized as 501(c)(3), non-profit and/or tax-exempt entities providing services to the residents of Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island communities.

Applications and a copy of the Town's detailed policy are now available by  clicking here. 
The application deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. 
In Case you Missed It

trash  Solid Waste Notices
Christmas Week Service Change: Tuesday's trash will be collected Wednesday, December 26. All other collections will move forward a day.

New Year's Day Service Change: Tuesday's trash will be collected Wednesday, January 2All other collections will move forward a day.    
  Christmas Trees will be collected with regular yard debris collection. Trees should be undecorated and p laced curbside. 

Office Closures 
Tuesday,  January  1 - New Year's Day

Next Event  AC  
Frank Vignola's Hot Jazz Guitar Trio
Friday,  January  11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Turtle Point Clubhouse 
Tickets Available  here

Town Council Meeting - January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Planning Commission - January 9, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Public Works Committee - January 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Environmental Committee - January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Public Safety Committee - January 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Ways and Means Committee - January 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Town Council Retreat  - January 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
CERT Team - January 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Town Council Retreat - January 24, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals - January 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
  * Meeting are subject to change