Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

March 2016
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

The Spring season is upon us. During this time each year our town celebrates locally sourced food through our annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival and weekly Farmers Market. We prepare our Annual Budget and look for ways that we can continue to be fiscally responsible agents of your dollars. Many of our capital projects are wrapping up for the end of the budget year and we begin preparations for several new projects designed to preserve and enhance our quality of life.
This month's E-brief gives you just a glimpse into the wide array of events, services, and projects we are working on for you, our citizens. I encourage you to get involved in your local government. Join us at an upcoming outreach opportunity, public meeting, or special event. We look forward to meeting you and working together to achieve community goals.

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
April 4: Committees of Council meetings
April 5: Farmers Market Season Opening
April 11: Old Village Historic District Commission meeting
April 12: Town Council meeting
April 14: Historical Commission meeting
April 16: MPPD Reading Patrol
April 20: Planning Commission meeting
April 24: Blessing of the Fleet  & Seafood Festival
April 25: BOZA meeting
April 27: Commercial Design Review Board meeting

SC Hwy 41 Widening
Widening SC Highway 41 has been the top legislative priority for the Town of Mount Pleasant since 2014. SC-41 is a State-owned two-lane, undivided arterial route and designated hurricane evacuation route.
For more information about the Hwy 41 Widening Project, please view the latest Project Fact Sheet or visit our CIP webpage.
New Housing Task Force Launched
The Town of Mount Pleasant recently launched a Housing Task Force. This working group is charged with researching and preparing recommendations regarding attainable housing in Mount Pleasant. The task force is chaired by former Councilwoman Thomasena Stokes-Marshall. To view the latest task force meeting agenda, click here.
MP Recreation Department Spring Break Guide and Summer Break Guide Now Available
Don't miss out on Mount Pleasant Recreation Department's Spring Break & Summer Break camps. Brochures for both are now available online or by clicking here.
2016-2017 Annual Budget
Preparation for the FY 2016 - FY 2017 Annual Budget is now underway. The Budget Committee of Council will review the draft budget at their March 30, 2016 meeting. Click here to view the meeting agenda. For more information about the annual budget, click 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."
New Online Sign-Up To Speak at Town Council Meetings
As part of the Town's ongoing efforts to increase public participation, 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.
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.

Be Informed!

Stay Engaged!

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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.
Farmer's Market Season Opening: April 5, 2016
The 19th season of the Farmers Market will kick-off Tuesday, April 5th at 3:30pm with the ringing of the bell by Mayor Linda Page. Southern Season will have a cooking demonstration and Nick Collins is the scheduled entertainment. 
Click here to learn more!
Train with U.S. Soccer Legends in Mount Pleasant
U.S. Women's Soccer Legend, Mia Hamm
The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department has partnered with Team First Soccer Academy, founded and run by Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch, who have a combined five Olympic Gold Medals, five World Cup championships and 12 NCAA titles, to bring a two-day clinic to the Park West Recreation Complex in April. Mia, Kristine and Tisha will lead a team of clinicians.
In addition to educational sessions and "feet-on" elements, all participants will receive a soccer ball, camp shirt, team photo with Mia, Kristine and Tisha, as well as the opportunity to have one item signed.
Spots are limited so make sure to sign-up by clicking here!
Long Point Rd. On-Ramp and Turn Lane Now Open
Mayor Page and Town Council celebrated the opening of the new Long Point Road on-ramp and turn lane on March 1, 2016. The scope of work included a right turn lane on Long Point Road to access the westbound entrance ramp to I-526. The project called on the combined efforts of the Mount Pleasant Transportation Department, Gulfstream Construction, CDM Smith and Dennis Corporation.

"The Long Point Road and I-526 on-ramp project is important to our transportation network," said Mayor Page. "This capital improvement project was ranked number one by Town Council for submittal to Charleston County's 2015 Sales Tax Annual Allocation Projects. We received numerous requests from the public to mitigate the area and we have listened."
Government Outreach Activities
Community Roundtable Meetings
Community Roundtable Meeting with White Hall Terrace residents on Feb. 24, 2016
Town officials and staff are continuing to host informal roundtable meetings with community organizations, civic groups, and neighborhood associations. This small group format allows for more in-depth discussion in an informal setting. It also provides citizens with another opportunity to give their input and receive a response beyond public hearings and Town Council meetings. 

We want to meet with you! To schedule a community roundtable meeting with your organization or group, please contact the Government Outreach Office at (843) 884 - 8517. We look forward to meeting with you!
Coffee with the Mayor

Last month's Coffee with the Mayor took place at Chick-fil-A where Mayor Linda Page met with residents to exchange information and discover ways to work together to improve Mount Pleasant.

The next Coffee with the Mayor will be held on  April 11, 2016 at the Wydham Garden in Mount Pleasant from 7:30 - 8:30 AM.The event is free and open to all! Please contact the Government Outreach Office at (843) 884 - 8517 for more information.

Town Administrator's Mobile Office Hours

The next monthly  Mobile Office Hours event will take place on  April 26, 2016 at Wando High School Additional details will be forthcoming. 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.
Spring Landscaping and Stormwater Maintenance
Examples of yard debris impeding the stormwater system
Spring is here and your quest to win "Yard of the Month" begins now. As you start sprucing up your lawn for the warmer months, please remember to follow Town Ordinances in properly disposing of yard debris such as grass clippings, branches, leaves, etc. All yard debris should be collected and sealed in large brown bags. The bags should be placed at the street for free pick-up by our Public Services Department on the same day as your regular weekly garbage collection. Larger items such as branches should be stacked neatly at the curb.
When yard debris gets into the stormwater drains and grates, it clogs up the system and promotes growth in stormwater ponds, lakes, and ditches. Please do your part by ensuring that yard debris is properly disposed, pet waste is removed, and stormwater assets are clear from all foliage such as pinestraw and mulch. 
Business Development Updates
Celebrating Woman Entrepreneurs Summit
The Town recently partnered with the College of Charleston and the local business community to put on the Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit held at the College of Charleston on Friday, March 18th. The halfday summit included speakers from across the country, as well as local female entrepreneurs like Natalia Castillo of Escapada Living and Cara Florence of Think Ideally, both Mount Pleasant-based businesses.
TOMP Partners with MPBA to Host "Food for Thought" Education Series
The Town has joined forces with the Mount Pleasant Business Association to launch "Food for Thought", a business education series designed to provide participants with actionable strategies to accelerate their business success.  This limited-attendance event series, a complement to the monthly luncheon, will feature local guest experts on topics such as strategic marketing, technology advances and more.  Sessions are open to both MPBA members and non-members. The first session, held on March 22nd at Burton's grill sold out within 5 days of announcement of the new program.
29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
DATE:  Sunday, April 24, 2016
LOCATION:  Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
TIME:  11:30 am - 6:00 pm

The 29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant's local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop!

#justask where your seafood came from before you buy! Support local and wild caught to support your fishermen!

Click here for additional event information.
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