Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

July 2015
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,


This past month has been quite busy for our elected officials and staff. We closed out our fiscal year on June 30th and began a new budget cycle on July 1, 2015. With the start of the new fiscal year we have finished many projects and been able to begin new ones. Our work on the Growth Management Framework continues and we are looking forward to further discussing specific recommendations for changes to our ordinances at a special Planning Committee of Council meeting scheduled for August 10, 2015. Mayor Page and Town Council also recently approved an ordinance allowing for a public referendum to be placed on the November 2015 election ballot. The referendum asks for constituents to vote on a proposed tax millage increase. The language for this referendum question can be found in the section below. I encourage all citizens to inform themselves of this important matter.


Additionally this past month, Town staff members received important recognitions for their commitment to providing high quality public services. The first award was given to the Police Department and Communications Office by the Municipal Association of South Carolina for their Reading Patrol Program. The second recognition was the Police Department's National Re-Accreditation by CALEA. We celebrated these accomplishments and the work that our employees do every day to serve the citizens of Mount Pleasant at our annual Employee Recognition Picnic on July 23rd. I hope you will join me in thanking our staff for all that they do for our community.


Over the past month we have also been very active in hosting various outreach and engagement activities including: numerous community roundtable meetings, business outreach meetings, Coffee with the Mayor, Mobile Office Hours, and more. We offer several opportunities each month for residents to be more involved in their local government. I hope you will take advantage of one or more of our upcoming outreach events.


Lastly, we were pleased to host the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Town Hall on July 21, 2015. The new Town Hall is the largest non-transportation project the Town has ever taken on. It is important for the continued success of our community that we have a Town Hall that not only meets our current and anticipated future needs, but also one that is representative of the Town of Mount Pleasant. I would like to extend a special 'thank you' to everyone who has been a part of the project so far and assisted in getting us to this exciting point. We anticipate that construction on the new facility will last about two years. I encourage you to check our project webpage frequently to stay up to date on the latest news and progress reports.


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 3: Committees of Council meetings

Aug 4: National Night Out Against Crime

Aug 5: Back to School Splash

Aug 10: Special Planning and Development Committee of Council meeting

Aug 11: Town Council Meeting

Aug 15: Reading Patrol @ Barnes and Noble


Mount Pleasant Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan
Did you know that the Town of Mount Pleasant has a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan?

This plan identifies specific projects to develop,

explores funding options including identifying

alternative funding sources, seeks to create

partnerships, and recommends updating

outdated sections of the Town Code of

Ordinances related to bicycle and pedestrian

activities. The Town has budgeted $500,000 to use towards bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements over the next few years through the Capital Improvement Program. With the first year of funding the Town installed at 14 different locations around Town. To view the latest project update, click here or visit the CIP project page.

Quick Fact Friday
The Town of Mount Pleasant Communications Office, in conjunction with the Town's Historical Commission launched the Quick Fact Friday program on social media this past week. Every Friday the office will post one short and lesser known fact about something related to the town of Mount Pleasant. The weekly posting will appear on the Town's main website, Facebook page, and Twitter page.
Click here to view the latest Quick Fact Friday.
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
Logo 2011
"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."
Council Passes Ordinance for November Referendum

At the July 21, 2015 Special Town Council meeting, Mayor Page and Town Council passed an ordinance to approve a referendum regarding a proposed tax millage increase. The referendum will be added to the November election ballot for the public to either approve or deny the proposed increase. The text below is the approved language for the ballot question. All citizens are encouraged to fully inform themselves in preparation for the referendum vote in November.  


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."
Town Staff Recognized For Excellence

2015 MASC Municipal Achievement Award 


The Town of Mount Pleasant recently received a Municipal Achievement Award for the Reading Patrol Program. Officials accepted the award during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Annual Meeting on July 18. The Town won in the communications category. Twenty-nine cities and towns submitted their projects and initiatives. Since the start of the program, officers have hosted 19 readings and reached out to more than 500 children. Young readers have redeemed 102 Buddy Cards after gathering 1,020 signatures from officers. The Communications Office regularly posts pictures and videos of the events on Facebook where engaged parents regularly comment.

"The Reading Patrol Program is a wonderful way to engage children and their parents with local police officers in a positive and thoughtful manner," said Miriam Hair, executive director for the Municipal Association.


To learn more about the Reading Patrol and the 2015 MASC Municipal Achievement Award, click here.


Police Department Receives National Re-Accreditation With Excellence


The Mount Pleasant Police Department received their 8th accreditation award on July 25 during a formal hearing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For this reaccreditation cycle the Mount Pleasant Police Department participated in a Gold Standard Assessment. This type of assessment focuses primarily on processes and outcomes associated with standards specific to agency policies. Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) reviewed the policies, procedures, processes and outcomes of the Mount Pleasant Police Department in March of this year. According to CALEA, only 5% of all agencies in the nation are accredited. The Mount Pleasant Police Department first became accredited in 1992 and was given the Meritorious Award in 2009 after having been accredited continuously for over 15 years. To read more about the Police Department's National Re-Accreditation, please click here.

Growth Management Plan Framework Update


A special Planning Committee of Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. to review and discuss the proposed ordinance changes as recommended by the Planning Commission during their May 13 and May 20, 2015 meetings. These proposed ordinance changes are recommendations from the Planning Commission to be considered as a Growth Management Comprehensive Plan and address subjects such as density, workforce housing incentives, and the definition of "mixed used development". To read the list of proposed ordinance changes, click here. To view the Planning Committee of Council August 10 meeting agenda, please click here.

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 Mobile Office Hours

The next monthly  Mobile Office Hours event will take place on August 25, 2015, at the  Park West Recreation Complex Program Building at 1251 Park West Blvd. 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

Thank You For Protecting Our Local Waterways!



Did you know that stormwater run-off can carry pollution from our homes and businesses that can flow untreated into local creeks and marshes?  These water resources are where our shrimp, oysters, fish, and crabs live and where our families recreate.  Having healthy waterways helps protect our local economy, property values, and way of life. 


Learn more about what you can do to protect our local waterways by clicking here.  

New Town Hall Groundbreaking and Demolition


Town Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony, July 21, 2015
On July 21, 2015 Mayor Page and Town Council hosted the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Town Hall. Additionally, demolition of the former Planning Department and Administrative Services Buildings is currently underway to make room for the new building. Click here to view the latest project update.

Residents are reminded that t he current Town Hall, Municipal Court, and Police Department will remain in operation throughout construction though all other departments and their staff have been relocated to other Town-owned facilities. Please refer to the Town's Relocation Webpage for more information about where to find various offices.

For more information about the new Town Hall, please visit our Town Hall Project webpage. For the latest news and updates on all our capital projects, please visit our Capital Improvement Program website

National Night Out Against Crime

On August 4th, 2015 join over 37 million people in 16,124 communities to celebrate America's National Night Out Against Crime. "Officers will be set up in two locations this year. One at Edwards Park on Bank Street and one at the White Hall Community Center off Tower Road," said Inspector Chip Googe. "The event will last from 6:00pm to 9:00pm ending with a walk through each of the respective neighborhoods."

We will have numerous bureaus on display such as our K9 officers, Bike Team and Patrol Units. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department will also have their fire trucks on display. There will be K-9 demonstrations, bicycle raffles, snow cones, a jump castle, pizza and drinks! Fingerprinting will also be available from New York Life Insurance. The last hour of the event we will be walking through each of the respective neighborhoods to show how our communities and the Mount Pleasant Police Department are standing together to fight against crime.


Click here for more info!
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