Town Administrator's E-Brief

 

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

May 2015
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

Even though school is letting out for the summer, we here at the Town are still hard at work. We are busy meeting with neighborhood associations, civic groups, and business leaders to discuss the Growth Management Framework and to receive feedback on how our community should look both now and in the future. As you can see from the box below, our citizen engagement numbers are starting off strong and we hope that you will continue to provide us with your thoughts using our online growth management feedback form . We still have another couple of months until Mayor Page and Town Council deliver a final vote on the ordinance changes to eliminate bonus densities for development projects and to eliminate the recreation impact fee waiver for developers. I hope you will take a few minutes and send us your feedback on this important matter.

 

In addition to our work on growth management, we are also continuing our efforts with capital improvements throughout the community. We have many transportation and facility projects currently underway, including the completion of Billy Swails Boulevard, the re-paving of Park West Boulevard, and the construction of permanent restroom facilities at our Farmers Market Pavilion. These projects are important in protecting the quality of life for our residents. We are working diligently to complete these improvements as expediently as possible. For more news and updates about these projects, please read the sections below and visit our Capital Improvement Plan website.

 

Summer time is a great time in the town of Mount Pleasant for many reasons, but especially because of the multitude of special events offered for both our residents and visitors enjoyment. Check out our Special Events Calendar to find out about all the fun activities happening in our community.  

 

Throughout the summer we will be continuing to provide you with the latest information about our capital projects, special events and other major initiatives. I also encourage you to take some time and look around the Town's municipal website, social media pages, and mobile apps to learn more about upcoming meetings, news, alerts, and community engagement opportunities. We now even offer podcasts of our Committees of Council and Town Council meetings so you can follow along with our public meetings if you are unable to physically attend. I hope you will take advantage of the many communication tools we provide to keep you informed of all the happenings in the Town of Mount Pleasant.

 

On behalf of Mayor Page and Town Council, I would like to wish each you of a happy, safe and enjoyable summer.



In This Issue
Upcoming Events

June 1: Committees of Council Meetings

June 4: Summer Splash Bash

June 6: Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

June 9: Town Council Meeting

June 20: Reading Patrol @ Barnes & Noble

 

  

SCE&G Tree Trimming
Beginning in June, SCE&G will conduct power line right-of-way maintenance in various areas around town. This work is necessary to maintain safe and reliable power operations. Please refer to the project map for more information about where this work will be completed. SCE&G has hired Lewis Tree Service Inc. to perform this work. Please contact SCE&G at (800) 251- 7234 with any questions or concerns.
2015 Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Come celebrate the rich Gullah Geechee cultural heritage at this year's event, which features an assortment of unique handmade arts & crafts, paintings, live performances, and documentary films.  Attendees can enjoy live entertainment including gospel songs, praise dance, storytelling and Gullah Geechee skits, basket-making demonstrations and the Adande African Drummers and Dancers. Visitors will be treated to a variety of authentic Gullah cuisine, classic barbeque, fish, chicken and beverages offered for sale by more than 15 Lowcountry restaurants and food vendors. Children and adults will enjoy family friendly activities including a waterslide. Admission and parking are free.

Podcasts of Town Meetings Now Available
Did you know that the Town of Mount Pleasant now offers podcasts of their Committees of Council meetings and their Town 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.
Town Staff Awarded Prestigious Hermes Creative Awards
The Town of Mount Pleasant was awarded one Platinum and two Gold Hermes Creative Awards this month, in an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. The Communications Office, Police Department, and Fire Department were all recognized for their PSA's ranging in topic from Domestic Violence Awareness to Turkey Frying Safety to CPR/AED techniques. Click here to read more about the PSA's and prestigious Hermes Creative Awards.
MOUNT PLEASANT
FARMERS MARKET
April 7 - September 29 
Tuesdays
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 www.tompsc.com 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."
Growth Management Feedback

Mayor Page and Town Council are asking for all community members to provide their feedback on the proposed Growth Management Framework. Residents can submit their comments online by filling out this online form.  

 

Transportation Projects Update

 

Pavement Preservation

Paving projects approved by the 2014/2015 budget are underway. The following projects have been approved for this year:

 

Mallard Lakes Subdivision 

  • Lake Mallard Blvd.
  • Decoy Ct.
  • Canvasnack Ct.
  • Merganser Cr.

Rosemead Subdivision

  • Rosemead Rd.
  • Kilarney Rd.
  • Sharon Ct.
  • Talismand Rd.

Park West Subdivision

  • From Queensgate roundabout to Fire Station 5

Paving work has begun in Park West. Projects in the Rosemead Subdivision and Mallard Lakes Subdivision remain and will be complete by mid-July 2015.

Project website

 

Billy Swails Boulevard (formerly Sweetgrass Basket Parkway 4-A)

Utility work on Hamlin Road is nearly complete. Town staff is evaluating the landscape and irrigation bid for price and accuracy. Curb and gutter is being installed and base and asphalt installation is beginning in the next 30 days. Estimated completion date is July 1, 2015.

Project website

 

Coleman Boulevard Roadway and Drainage Improvements

Right-of-way certification will be submitted by early June 2015. Town staff is waiting on approval of the final plans from SCDOT. The project will be advertised for bid in July 2015.

Project website

 

Longpoint Rd./I-526 WB On-Ramp

Project was awarded at the Bids and Purchases Committee on May 4, 2015 and will be completed in 145 days from the start date.

Project website

 

Park West Boulevard/Bessemer Road Intersection Improvements 

Efforts to acquire right-of-way and complete final design are on-going. The project is expected to be advertised for bid in July 2015.

Project website

 

Government Outreach Activities

Coffee with the Mayor

 

 

Last month's Coffee with the Mayor took place at Atlanta Bread Company where Mayor Linda Page met with residents to exchange information and discover ways to work together to improve Mount Pleasant. Our fourth Coffee with the Mayor will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Page's Okra Grill located at 302 Coleman Boulevard. 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 fifth Mobile Office Hours monthly public engagement initiative will take place on June 23, 2015, at the temporary Fire Station 6, 3745 Highway 17 N. from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each month, the Town Administrator holds open office hours at a different public facility and he invites you to stop by and discuss items of interest to you.  No appointment necessary. Call (843) 884-8517 for more information.
Monthly Stormwater Tip

Pet Waste Pollutes! 

   

Pet waste that is left on the ground can put pollution into your yards, local creeks and marshes.  Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and viruses that can make humans and other animals sick.  Bacteria are the # 1 type of pollution in our waterways.  When it rains the bacteria leaves the waste and flows off with rain water.  It's not a problem that we can see by looking at the water in our creeks but you may see the issue reported with local beach closures and closed oyster beds. 

 

Picking up pet waste every day is the best way to help control this type of pollution.  Use a pet waste pick up bag when walking your dog and be sure to dispose of the waste in a garbage container.  Ask your neighborhood to install or sponsor a pet waste station for your common or park areas, but most of all remember to keep your own yard free of pet waste.

 

For additional information click here

 

Construction Begins on Farmers Market Restroom Facility

 

Rendering of the future restroom facility at the Farmers Market Pavilion
Construction of the new permanent restroom facility at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion is now underway! The new facility will feature three ADA compliant restrooms, including one family stall. The structure will blend in with the existing design of the pavilions and enhance the comfort of our market visitors. Construction of the facility is expected to be complete by August 2015. Click here to watch the latest project update!

This project is just one of many capital improvement projects currently underway in our town. For the latest news and updates on all our capital projects, please visit our Capital Improvement Program website.
Kick-off Summer Vacation with the Summer Splash Bash
This event will expand upon the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department's Family Fun Night hosted at the Park West Recreation Complex pool.  It will offer family-friendly, high-quality local live music and/or DJ and free children's activities (toss games, arts/crafts, inflatable slide, hula hoopers, etc.)  Free admission & parking. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Click here for more info
Approved 2015/2016 Annual Budget
At their May 12, 2015 meeting, Town Council approved the Town's Annual Budget for FY2015/2016. This year's budget totals $93,330,565 and was developed with the following strategy in mind:
  • Consistent with the Town's Strategic Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and Mission Statement
  • Balanced, per state law
  • Continues funding for infrastructure maintenance, repairs, and capital projects
  • Promotes good stewardship and cost containment at every level
  • Maintains the current levels of service 

View the Budget

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