Town Administrator's E-Brief


From Town Administrator, Eric DeMoura           Town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

August 2015
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

Summer 2015 is winding down, but our work here at the Town is not. We are pleased to know that many of our children started the school year at brand new schools located at the Sweetgrass Campus. The new Jennie Moore Elementary School and Laing Middle School opened their doors for the first time this August. And just in time for the first day of school, we opened Billy Swails Boulevard. This vital roadway is yet another example of the success of our Capital Improvement Program.

Our work towards capital projects remains constant, as do our efforts to achieve the goals of our Growth Management Plan Framework. The Planning Committee of Council recently met to review the proposed ordinance changes. The Committee voted to approve the changes with amendments. The proposed changes will now go to the Planning Commission for a public hearing before ultimately coming back to Town Council for final approval.

We have experienced high levels of public participation throughout the Growth Management Plan process. We also continue to maintain high levels of participation in our many outreach programs including: Coffee with the Mayor, Mobile Office Hours, Community Roundtable Meetings, and Business Outreach Meetings. We thank each of you for taking the time to be involved in your local government and we hope you will continue to partake in the many opportunities available.

We continue to add new tools for communication and engagement every month. Be sure to download our new mobile app, Experience Mount Pleasant, and tune in to our public meetings while on the go. The community asked that our meetings be more easily accessible, and we listened. Now you can  view the live stream of our Town Council meetings on our Youtube Channel and listen to podcasts of our meetings on Podbean.

For more information about all that is happening in the Town of Mount Pleasant, please visit us online, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Best Regards,

In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Aug 31: September Committees of Council meetings

Sept 1: Special Economic Development Committee of Council meeting

Sept 8: Town Council meeting

Sept 10: Historical Commission meeting

Sept 14: Old Village Historic District Commission meeting

Sept 23: Planning Commission meeting

Sept 28: Board of Zoning Appeals meeting

Sept 30: Commercial Design Review Board meeting



New Online Sign-Up To Speak at Town Council Meetings
As part of the Town's ongoing efforts to increase public participation and promote transparency, a new online sign-up is available for those wishing to speak at the upcoming Town Council meeting. Citizens may also sign up to speak in person immediately before the Council meeting begins. For more information, please contact the Communications Office.
Emergency Preparedness
Hurricane season is here and the Town of Mount Pleasant urges all residents to update their emergency preparedness plans. If you are unsure what to do before, during, and after a hurricane, check out the latest video series hosted by the Mount Pleasant Fire Department and Communications Office. Each video offers viewers with important tips to help protect life and property during a major storm event.


Click here to view the emergency preparedness videos. 

Live Streaming & Podcasts of Town Meetings Now Available
Did you know that the Town of Mount Pleasant now offers live streaming of the Town Council meetings and podcasts of both their Town Council and Committees of Council meetings? Catch up on our latest meetings by visiting our YouTube channel or our PodCast, which is available in the iTunes Store and online.
April 7 - September 29 
3:30 until 7:00 p.m.
Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard (Moultrie Middle School)
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is where our community meets to share in the vibrant array of locally grown and SC Certified produce and flowers. Stroll through the market to find a bounty of just-picked vegetables and fruits, stunning and fragrant flowers and local seafood plus fresh-cooked meals, baked and canned goods and locally produced snacks. Join us every Tuesday from April to September starting at 3:30 p.m. to mingle with neighbors and visitors alike while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities. Free parking.

Be Informed!

Stay Engaged!

Public participation is at the heart of good government, but who has time to seek out information? Let us do this for you. Visit us online at and subscribe to our calendars, notifications, meetings, job openings, and more!
Contact Mayor Page and Town Council

Want to know more about Mayor Page and Town Council? Click on the links below to find out more information about job responsibilities, bios, and contact information. Mayor Page
E-brief Archives

Did you miss last month's Administrator's E-brief? You can find it here.
Some Town Offices Have Moved!  
Please note that the Fire Administration staff and Fire Marshal's Office have moved to their new modular units beside Fire Station 2 on Egypt Road. T he Public Services Department, Building License Division and the Planning Department have moved to Six Mile Fleet Maintenance Facility on Sweetgrass Parkway, Pinckney Place. For more information about Town office and staff relocation visit the Relocation Webpage.
Our Mission Statement
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"To deliver superior performance in a manner that is distinctive and impactful to each person served and that establishes a standard for quality that endures for generations."
Growth Management Plan Update
A Special Planning Committee of Council meeting was held on August 10th to review the proposed ordinance changes. The Committee approved the language with amendments. The item will now go to a Special Planning Commission meeting for a public hearing, which is scheduled for September 16, 2015. Next the item will go before the Planning Committee of Council and ultimately to full Town Council for final reading and adoption.


To read the minutes from the Special Planning Committee of Council, please click here

New Property Tax Calculator Now Available
In preparation for the upcoming November elections, Mayor Page and Mount Pleasant Town Council are urging all citizens to fully inform themselves of the proposed ballot referendum for a five mil tax increase. The approved referendum language is provided below. Additionally, a property tax calculator has been added to the Town's website. This calculator is a tool citizens can use to calculate their estimated property taxes based upon the current millage rate, along with their estimated property taxes with a proposed five mil increase. This tool enables citizens to better understand the financial impact the five mil increase will have should the referendum pass. The calculator can be accessed by clicking here.
Simply insert your information into the orange boxes to generate your approximate property tax. Next change the millage rate from 41.3 to 46.3 to calculate your approximate property tax should the referendum pass.

2015 Referendum Language

"Must a five mil tax be imposed in Mount Pleasant with the revenue of the tax used to pay, directly or indirectly, the cost of the following public projects in Mount Pleasant:
  • Improvements to or acquisition of open space for the benefit of the public;
  • Construction of recreation amenities, to include, trails and passive park space at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park;
  • Construction of recreation amenities, to include, athletic fields at the Carolina Park Recreation Complex;
  • Construction of recreation amenities, to include, athletic fields and trails at the town owned recreation property off of Rifle Range Road;
  • Construction or lease of building space for an additional senior center;
  • Construction or lease of building space for a community arts center."
Charleston County Seeks Public Input For Grant Funding
Charleston County receives grant funding annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to facilitate resources that develop viable communities. Eligible applications must fall within priority goals in order to be considered for funding. The priority goals are established by a 5-Year Consolidated Plan. This plan is a comprehensive document that outlines Charleston County's priorities for housing and community development projects over a five year period. In order to develop this plan, the Charleston County Community Development Department solicits input from County residents through a variety of mechanisms. One such mechanism is an online community-wide survey. Residents are asked to complete the survey by clicking here.
For additional information, please contact Victoria Marshall with the Community Development Department by email or by calling (843) 202-6986. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Government Outreach Activities

Coffee with the Mayor



Last month's Coffee with the Mayor took place at Cracker Barrel where Mayor Linda Page met with residents to exchange information and discover ways to work together to improve Mount Pleasant. Stayed tuned for more information about the next Coffee with the Mayor. The event is free and open to all!  Contact the Mount Pleasant Communications Office for more information about this event.

Town Administrator's Mobile Office Hours

The next monthly  Mobile Office Hours event will take place on September 22, 2015, at Fire Station 4 (1153 Six Mile Road) in Mount Pleasant from 10 - 11 a.m. Each month, the Town Administrator holds open office hours at various public facilities around the community. All citizens are invited to stop by and discuss items of interest to them.  No appointment necessary. For more information about this program, visit the Mobile Office Hours webpage or call (843) 884 - 8517.
Monthly Stormwater Tip
Illegal Dumping Harms Our Waterways

Illegal connections, discharges, and dumping put pollution directly into our storm drains and waterways.  Illegal dumping can include yard debris and other trash that is dumped into drains and ditches, washing paint brushes or concrete into the curb and storm drains, and not picking up your pet waste. 
Other types of illegal connections may include improper household sewer connections, pool backwash water pipes draining into storm drains or ditches, or grey water connections such as washing machines or dishwasher drains.  The Town can approve some connections.  Property owners must submit an encroachment permit application for staff review.  
Contact the Stormwater Office at (843) 856-2157 to report illegal dumping or to get information on how to obtain a connection permit. 
To learn more about illicit discharges click here.
Billy Swails Boulevard Opens For New School Year

Newly opened Billy Swails Boulevard next to the new Sweetgrass school campus
On August 17, 2015 the new Jennie Moore Elementary School,  Laing Middle School, and Billy Swails Boulevard opened to usher in the start of an exciting new school year. The Town of Mount Pleasant Communications Office teamed up with the Charleston County School District to create a traffic tips video for those traveling to the school campus. To view the video, please click here.

With a new traffic pattern that will include walkers and bike riders to school, all drivers are asked to remain extra vigilant in the area. For those choosing to drop off and/or pick up their children, we encourage you to use the maps provided by the school, which offer preferred routes to facilitate your trip. Most importantly, for those coming to the campus from the north including Highway 41, it will be quicker to reach the campus from Porchers Bluff Road.
New Mount Pleasant Mobile App
You are invited to Experience Mount Pleasant using our latest mobile app launched by the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office this past month. The new app is free to download and it offers residents and visitors quick, easy access to hospitality, accommodation and local event information. Developed by Wholly App, Experience Mount Pleasant provides detailed information such as directions and telephone numbers for every hotel, eatery and attraction in the town. Special events are also spotlighted in the consistently updated calendar located within the app. Other features of the app include weather updates, contact information for inquiring visitors and direct access to the town's social media sites. For more information, visit
Click here to learn more about the Experience Mount Pleasant mobile app.
Produced by the Town of Mount Pleasant Government Outreach Office
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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464