City of Beaufort | June 2020
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Welcome to the City of Beaufort's monthly newsletter. Any feedback? Please send to Kathleen Williams, kwilliams@cityofbeaufort.org.
Public hearing on FY2022 budget
City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, on the proposed FY2022 operating budget. The $23.7 million budget comes in at 3.24% over the FY 2021 budget, and includes a 1.1 millage reduction, which means that homeowners will pay less in property tax.

Check out our new hurricane readiness page
The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through Nov. 30 every year. Since 1851, when official records began, through 2018, the National Weather Service's Charleston district, which includes Beaufort County, has experienced landfalls of 41 "tropical cyclones." Tropical cyclones include hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions.

Don't shrug off the threat of hurricanes! It's imperatives that residents and businesses in the City of Beaufort prepare for hurricanes every year.

The City of Beaufort has a new page on its website dedicated to hurricane preparation. The State of South Carolina now has a dedicated hurricane preparation website.

The state's annual Hurricane Guide has just been published in both English and Spanish. Click on the picture to access the guide -- it's very much worth printing out and keeping as a resource.
Celebrating completion of the Mossy Oaks project!
The City held a ribbon-cutting on the Spanish Moss Trail May 6 to celebrate the completion of the Mossy Oaks Stormwater Project. It was a beautiful day to acknowledge all the partners who helped bring the parts together to complete this major $8 million infrastructure project. That's Project Manager Neal Pugliese in the middle, doing the honors as he cuts the ribbon.
Resolution supports Local Option Sales Tax
City Council passed a resolution on May 11 in support of the Local Option Sales Tax, which will be on the November ballot for all of Beaufort County. If passed, the revenues that are apportioned to the City will be used toward tax credits for property owners and for capital improvements.

CPR training offered

The Fire Department is once again offering monthly CPR classes for the public. The class will cover AED (defibrillator) training, and infant, child, and adult CPR

The cost is $35, which is payable by check to the City of Beaufort, or exact change payable the day of the course. The instructor does not carry change with him. No credit cards are accepted.

The next class will be held from 5-9 p.m. June 24 at 1120 Ribaut Road.

To be placed on the list, please call the Fire Department at 843-525-4055 or email rvezin@cityofbaufort.org for more information.
Pipe update from BJWSA
Replacing galvanized pipes in the City of Beaufort continues to be a priority as Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority addresses water quality and pressure issues. Galvanized pipes corrode over time so BJWSA is replacing them with new PVC pipes.

So far in Beaufort, Emmons, Laudonniere, and LeChere streets have been completed and are in service. Calhoun Street, Pine Court North, and Church Street have newly installed pipe that is being tested before services are connected.

Remaining sections of streets scheduled for construction this summer include Harrington, North, Whitfield, Capers, and Center Drive West.

In the fall, design will begin on the next slate of streets with construction to follow in the spring of 2022.

All of these projects include new PVC water mains, fire hydrants, water service, and meter boxes. The replacement of water service lines to customers is provided only to the meter. BJWSA will not be replacing any water service on private property between the meter and the house.
Take the 'no watering Mondays' pledge from BJWSA
New signage honors Mayor Chambers
On May 21, new signage was unveiled at the Henry C. Chambers Park -- that's the official name, even though we often call it Waterfront Park -- that honored the mayor whose vision led to the construction of this park, truly transforming the City of Beaufort.

Many thanks to members of the Beaufort-Jasper County Realtors, whose members were instrumental in raising funds through Beaufort Pride of Place to make this happen!

From left, above, Shae Chambers Helms, Keller Williams Realty and on the Realtors Board of Directors; Janet Gresham, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper County Realtors; Bob Bundy, Bundy Appraisal & Management and 2021 board president of the Beaufort-Jasper County Realtors; and Christian Sherbert, BHHS Bay Street Realty Group and 2020 president of Beaufort-Jasper County Realtors.
New director at Beaufort Digital Corridor
Congratulations to Jess O'Brien, the new Executive Director at Beaufort Digital Corridor. Jess was on the BDC's Board of Directors from 2018-2020. Previously, she worked for a marketing agency in Atlantic Tech Village. She relocated to the Lowcountry in 2014 from Atlanta. Jess shared with us the item below.

Looking for a project manager

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is now taking applications for a full-time Cybersecurity Project Manager position.

Don't be intimidated by the title! You don't have to be an expert in cybersecurity, just know how to manage projects from concept to completion, and be efficient at driving results. Visit our website to view the job description and apply today!

A special First Friday!
The June 4 First Friday will be special -- downtown streets will be closed for the first time since the Covid pandemic began! Be sure to come on down, and enjoy the music, food, and shops!
Culturally speaking ...
Art Bench Project grows

On May 6, the Beaufort Cultural Arts Board unveiled six new benches painted or designed by local artists and sponsored by both individuals and organizations. Above are Councilman Neil Lipsitz, Mayor Stephen Murray and Mayor Pro Tem Mike McFee, who are standing behind a bench sponsored by the City of Beaufort with images and design by Shawn Hill. These beautiful new benches join the six that were placed last year at various spots around downtown Beaufort.
New board members

Congratulations to the new board members at the Beaufort History Museum! From left, Ginnie Kozak, Jamie Millard, John Warley, and Ryan Copeland. Not pictured: ex-officio member Robb Wells.

Ancestor of the Land
The Beaufort Arts Council presents a new exhibit, Ancestor of the Land, a Gullah heritage installation celebrating the life and times of Rufus Daniel Mitchell, his family and the historic Sheldon farming community. The exhibit is open to the public from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at the Mather School Museum on the Technical College of the Lowcountry campus,921 Ribaut Road.

USCB professor receives Governor's Award

Congratulations to Dr. Eric W. Montie, a member of the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Dr. Montie received a 2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominately Undergraduate Institution.

This statewide award recognizes Montie’s strong research program in soundscape ecology, which focuses on estuaries. He helps to develop the next generation of scientists by involving undergraduate students in his research.

Meetings in June
City Council
5 p.m. June 8 Work Session
7 p.m. June 8 Regular Meeting

5 p.m. June 22 Work Session
7 p.m. June 22 Regular Meeting

Meetings are held in Council Chambers and streamed on the City's Facebook page. You can find agendas closer to the date of the meeting on our website's Agenda Center.

City boards, task forces
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m. June 9
Design Review Board, 2 p.m. June 10
Neighborhood Association, 10 a.m., June 16
Cultural District Advisory Board, 2 p.m., June 16

Meetings are held at City Hall, unless otherwise noted, and streamed on the City's Facebook page. You can find agendas closer to the date of the meeting on our website's Agenda Center.