Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

November 2015
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

Happy Thanksgiving!
The holiday season is here already and we are gearing up for another year of special events, honored traditions, and holiday fun for the whole family. Thanks to the leadership of Town Council, along with Town staff, and of course, our citizens, we have much to be grateful for in Mount Pleasant. This time of year always serves as a reminder to me of the wonderful people, amenities, and experiences that make our town the best in the nation.
We intend to continue this trend of excellence and we look forward to doing just that with the addition of four new Council members. This year we welcome: Mr. Bob Brimmer, Mr. Joe Bustos, Mr. Jim Owens, and Mr. Will Haynie to the Mount Pleasant Town Council. As we congratulate all our new Council members, we would also like to recognize and thank our former Council members: Mr. Ken Glasson, Mr. Chris Nickels, Mr. Chris O'Neal, and Ms. Thomasena Stokes-Marshall for their years of service and dedication to the Town of Mount Pleasant. We would like to especially recognize Ms. Stokes-Marshall who retired from Town Council after 17 years of public service to our community.
In addition to Town Council, our Town staff is also working diligently throughout the holiday season to provide top quality services to our citizens. Please continue reading  below to learn more about all the activities, events, and projects occurring in our community.
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

Nov 25: Thanksgiving Holiday- Town administrative offices closed

Nov 26: Town Administrative Offices closed

Nov 30: Committees of Council meetings

Dec 2: DRB meeting

Dec 8: Town Council meeting

Dec 9: Town Administrator's Mobile Office Hours

Dec 10: Historical Commission meeting

Dec. 10: ECHA meeting

Dec 11: Holiday Movie

Dec 12: 16th Annual Holiday Market & Craft Show

Dec 13: Annual Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting

Dec 14: Coffee with the Mayor

Dec 14: OVHDC meeting

Dec 16: Planning Commission meeting

Dec 18: Reading Patrol

Dec 21: BOZA meeting

Dec 24: Christmas Eve- Town administrative offices closed

Dec 25: Christmas holiday- Town administrative offices closed

Dec 30: DRB meeting



Town Office Closings
As a reminder, all Town administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. All offices will resume normal operations on Monday, November 30, 2015.
Turkey Frying Safety Tips
The Mount Pleasant Fire Department would like to remind you to exercise extreme caution this Thanksgiving if you plan to deep-fry your turkey. When preparing a fried turkey, Lowcountry cooks should remember to follow safety tips in order to enjoy a typical southern delicacy without sacrificing safety for good taste," said Fire Chief Herb Williams. "Remember that the use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. View our latest safety video on the Fire Channel to keep you and your family safe during the holidays."

Click here to read safety tips.

Click here to view the turkey frying PSA.
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!

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."
Download the Experience Mount Pleasant Mobile App
Experience Mount Pleasant using our latest mobile app launched by the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office. The new app is free to download and it offers residents and visitors with quick, easy access to hospitality, accommodation, and local event info.

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 us online or click here.
Mount Pleasant Welcomes New Council Members
The results of the 2015 Municipal election and run-off elections are in. The Town of Mount Pleasant is pleased to welcome its newest Town Council members: Mr. Bob Brimmer, Mr. Joe Bustos, Mr. Will Haynie, and Mr. Jim Owens. Mr. Brimmer and Mr. Bustos won the regular election and were seated during the November 10, 2015 Council meeting. Mr. Haynie and Mr. Owens won the run-off election and will be seated next week.
Holiday Weekend Events
Ring in the holiday season with the Town of Mount Pleasant this year during our annual holiday weekend.

For more information about the holiday weekend, please click here.
View MPFD's New Cinema Series Trailer
The Mount Pleasant Fire Department presents its Fire Cinema Series: "The Journey." This high-octane trailer takes you inside the day in the life of the brave firefighters who risk their lives to save others. This trailer began showing in the lobby area of the Palmetto Grande Movie Theater on November 20, 2015 and will continue to be shown until January 7, 2016. View the video on our Media Channel HERE or view the video on YouTube HERE.  By land or by sea, we are MPFD! 
Government Outreach Activities
Community Roundtable Meetings
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 Morgan's Market 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 Monday, December 14, 2015 from 7:30 - 8:30 AM. Event location information will be forthcoming.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  December 9, 2015, at Alhambra Hall (131 Middle Street) 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
New Carolina Rain Garden Initiative Launched

A recent rain garden installation project at Mount Pleasant's Fire Station 2. (Picture courtesy of Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium Facebook page)

The Town's Water Quality partner, Clemson Cooperative Extension recently launched its Carolina Rain Garden Initiative. This initiative is aims to promote rain garden installations as a best practice for managing flood & erosion prone areas, reducing stormwater runoff, providing wildlife habitat, protecting downstream water quality, beautifying the community and more. The Clemson Cooperative Extension hopes that this initiative will inspire people from all over the state to install rain gardens, and to assist in this endeavor, they have created a webpage full of videos, tips, and information about how to build your own rain garden. Click here for more info!
Longpoint Road/ I-526 On-Ramp Fact Sheet

Interested in learning more about the Longpoint Rd./I-526 on-ramp and turn lane that is currently under construction? Check out our latest project fact sheet for all the details!
Historical Commission Launches Local War Fortification Project 
Using Augmented Reality software, the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust (SCBPT), led by Executive Director Doug Bostick, is creating an innovative project that will enable residents and heritage tourists to "see" the Lowcountry during the Civil War. Using a smart phone or tablet onsite in a free app or a computer at home, people interested in the region's history will be able to access models of the Civil War batteries and forts. The following defensive fortifications were constructed in Mount Pleasant and will be modeled:
  • Battery Gary (Pitt Street)
  • Hibben Street Battery
  • Hobcaw Point Battery
  • Hogg Island Batter (Patriots Point)
  • Kinloch's Landing Battery
  • Venning's Landing Battery
  • Christ Church Lines and Fort Palmetto

SCBPT has already completed a mapping and 3-D modeling project of local forts and batteries from the Revolutionary War, which you can view by clicking here

Upcoming Annual Budget Process
The Town of Mount Pleasant Annual Budget process is now underway. The Town's Budget Office is currently busy preparing the updated Capital Improvement Plan budget and work will soon begin on the Operating budget. You can view the current budget online by clicking here.
Business Development Updates


East Cooper Hospitality Alliance Upcoming Meeting

The next East Cooper Hospitality Alliance (ECHA) meeting is scheduled for December 10, 2015 at the Americano restaurant located on Coleman Boulevard. The meeting will be held from 4 - 6 PM. ECHA was created to support the thriving hospitality industry of Mount Pleasant. With the involvement of area attractions, restaurants, hotels, and industry leaders, the Alliance aims to identify needs and create solutions for the hospitality and tourism industry in Mount Pleasant. 

For more information about joining ECHA, please contact the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office at (843) 884-8517.

Pop-Up Coworking Event- December 9, 2015
Your 9-5 just got better. In celebration of entrepreneurship in Mount Pleasant, the Town has partnered with DIG SOUTH and local companies Qonceptual and to bring a full day of learning, networking - oh and some time to get the work done.
WHAT: Creative workspace, wifi, coffee, Guest Expert office hours, networking opportunities, Happy Hour, and a reason to love your work day!
WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
WHERE: Alhambra Hall (131 Middle Street) in Mount Pleasant
WHO:  Work-from-home folks, freelancers, entrepreneurs, digital nomads, business owners, professionals, students, YOU!
HOW MUCH:  In lieu of a cost to attend, we ask that guests bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank in concert with the Mount Pleasant Police Department's annual drive.


RSVP for the Coworking event HERE.

RSVP for the Mashup event HERE. 

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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464