Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

 January 2015
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Happy New Year. I hope your 2015 is off to a good start. We here at the Town are kicking off the new year with several exciting projects including numerous capital improvements and outreach initiatives. What you can expect from us over the next year is more completed community improvement projects, new communication tools designed to promote dialogue and transparency, additional outreach and engagement programs to strengthen community relationships and increase opportunities for involvement, and you can expect to continue to receive superior public service from all our Town departments.

In this month's E-Brief you'll find more information about our increased efforts to build a sense of community by bringing people together, exchanging information, and leveraging strong partnerships to improve Mount Pleasant. Our Spotlight Section this month focuses on our Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office, which plays a key role in bringing people together to make our Town the best community in the nation. With award-winning special events, a directed creative image, and world class tourism marketing, the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office is working hard to advance the quality of life for residents and enhance the visitor experience in Mount Pleasant. Through this office, the Culture, Arts, and Pride Commission is also integrating art appreciation, art expression, and civic pride in all facets of the community. Be sure to check out the Office Spotlight to learn more about upcoming events, art initiatives, and special projects led by our Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office.

In closing, as we prepare for the rest of 2015, I'd like to encourage you all to take on one more New Year's resolution to help make this our best year yet, and that is to be more involved in your local government. We are working hard to create additional opportunities to interact, share information, and work together to resolve our community's most pressing issues, but we cannot do this alone. We need your input and your participation to help define the future of our town. I hope you will decide to take on this resolution and I look forward to seeing you at a future outreach or engagement event.

Best Regards,

In This Issue
Upcoming Events


Feb.2: Committees of Council meetings

Feb. 6: MPRD Sockhop

Feb. 7: Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up event

Feb. 10: Town Council meeting

Feb. 16: MPRD's School's Out Day

Feb. 21: Reading Patrol @ Barnes & Noble


Farmers Market Applications Due!

Applications for the 2015 Farmers Market Season are now available. Completed applications must be submitted to the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office by February 6, 2015.
New Committees of Council Assignments

Mayor Page has issued the new Committee of Council assignments for 2015. The new assignments will become effective at the February Committee of Council meetings. Click here to view the new committee assignments. 
Employee of the Month

PFC Rustin from the Police Department is the Employee of the Month for January 2015. He was awarded this title for his swift action in saving a toddler who was choking during the annual Christmas parade. Congratulations PFC Rustin and thank you for service.
Public Service Matters!

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.
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."
Office Spotlight: Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office

CAT staff from left to right: Nicole Harvey, Tracy Richter,

April Adams and Ashley Richardson.


The Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office is most widely recognized for the 44 special event days it hosts each year. Several of these events including the Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, Children's Day Festival and the Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting were recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as Top 20 Events for 2014. No matter your age or your interests, the Town of Mount Pleasant has a special event for everyone.


What is less known about the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office is that organizing and running the special events is only a fraction of their workload. In addition, the office is responsible for development and marketing efforts related to tourism - a main driver of economic development, the Culture, Arts and Pride Commission, the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, as well as the direction of the Town's creative image, and more. There is a tremendous amount of work shared between the four staff members that comprise the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office.


To learn more about their work, upcoming events, art initiatives and latest news, click here.


Town Launches New Outreach & Engagement Initiatives

Over the next month, the Town is rolling out three new outreach and engagement initiatives as part of the on-going efforts to strengthen community relationships and share information.

The first initiative is Coffee with the Mayor. Once a month, Mayor Linda Page will meet with citizens at a local coffee shop to exchange information and discover ways to work together to improve Mount Pleasant. The event is free and open to all. The first Coffee with the Mayor will be held on February 9, 2015 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at the Eggs Up Grill in Mount Pleasant. Contact the Mount Pleasant Communications Office for more information about this exciting event.

The second outreach initiative is the Town Administrator's Mobile Office Hours. Once a month the Town Administrator will hold open office hours at various public facilities around town. Citizens are encouraged to stop by and meet with Town Administrator Eric DeMoura. More details about this program will be forthcoming.

The third outreach initiative is our new and improved Town Council Meeting Agendas. At their January meeting, Mayor Page and Town Council approved the adoption of a new format for their meeting agendas. This new format is a product of the Transparency Workgroup, established by Mayor Page and led by Councilman Nickels, Councilman O'Neal and the Town's Communications Office. The new agenda provides readers with an updated format that is easy to ready and ADA compliant, a toolbox of helpful documents and extensive linking throughout the document to additional information. The Town is launching the new format for its February Town Council meeting. In addition to the new agendas, the Town is also launching several other measures designed to increase transparency including, live streaming of Council meetings, podcasts of all Committee of Council and Town Council meetings, online speaker sign-ups, and a municipal mobile app.
Temporary Town Office and Staff Relocations

In preparation for the construction of the new Town Hall, several offices and staff members will be temporarily relocated to other Town facilities. 

The Department of Planning and Development (including Building Inspections), the Public Services Department, and the Business License Office will all be moving to the Mount Pleasant Public Services Department Maintenance Facility-Pinckney Place, located at 1355 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway in Mount Pleasant. The Fire Department Administration will move to Fire Station 2, located at 393 Egypt Road and the Fire Marshall's Office will be moved to Fire Station 3, located at 355 7th Avenue.

During construction of the new Town Hall the Municipal Court, Police Department, and all other Town staff will remain on-site. All relocations are expected to begin in the next few weeks, but we will inform you of the specific moving dates. For more information about Town office and staff relocation visit the Relocation Webpage.
Important Water Quality and Stormwater News


Only Rain Down the Drain


Stormwater runs off our properties and into local waterways. It can carry with it many different kinds of pollution and debris that can be harmful to our local creeks and marshes. This pollution can cause flooding and closures of shell fish beds. When this happens, property owners can be required to clean up polluted areas and habitats.  By minimizing the pollution that we generate, we can keep our waterways and our community healthy and safe.  Here are some simple tips you can adopt to protect the quality of our waterways:

  • Properly dispose of yard debris to the curb for collection
  • Minimize use of fertilizers and pesticides by using soil tests and following labels

  • Pick up pet waste and put it in the garbage or sewer system - every day

  • Follow proper disposal procedures for household chemicals and commercial waste

  • Report illegal dumping, discharges or connections to the storm drainage system

To help spread this important message, the Public Services Department recently launched a creative water quality campaign that aims to raise awareness using low-cost solutions. Read More


To learn more about local pollution protection efforts visit the Town's Water Quality webpage

Capital Project Information & Updates

For the current fiscal year, the Town of Mount Pleasant is funding 18 community projects totaling $14.9 Million through the Capital Improvement Plan. Be sure to check out the Capital Improvement Plan website to find the latest project updates, FAQ's, pictures, videos, and more.  
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