COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Today (February 3), Governor McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that beginning Monday, February 8, any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. More
Updates from Town Council
The following is a summary of announcements from the February 2 Town Council meeting. Watch the meeting here.

Main Road Corridor Update
Town Council received an update from Charleston County on the Main Road Corridor Project Segments A, B, and C. County officials reviewed the five alternatives and discussed the timeline for the project implementation. View this part of the meeting here.

Contracts and Purchases
Town Council approved the following contracts, contract amendments, and purchases:

  • A contract agreement for Town Attorney services with Adam Young of Young & Young to act as the Town's prosecutor in municipal court matters regarding bench and jury trials in the amount of $150 per hour. This change is to supplement the Town's legal team in criminal law procedures as needed.

  • A three-year contract (2021-2023) with Coastal Science and Engineering (CSE) to perform beach monitoring and post-project environmental monitoring services in the amount of $113,970.

  • A contract amendment with Island Beach Services to enter into the second one-year extension for Beach Patrol services (dba Barrier Island Ocean Rescue) and defer the responsibility of purchasing the required Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) currently held by the Town.

  • A franchise agreement amendment with Watersports Unlimited LLC (dba Tidal Trails) to enter into the second one-year extension of their contract to provide surfboard and kayak rentals.

  • Purchase of an air purification system for the Municipal Center that will remove all airborne contaminants in the amount of 16,744.00 (refundable by the CARES Act).

  • Purchase of twelve public safety radios for staff and Beach Patrol in the amount of approx. $66,491.68 (inclusive of unit price, batteries, lapel adapters, charging stations, programming fees, and taxes).
 
Changes to Planning and Zoning Ordinance
Town Council held a public hearing and approved the first reading of Ordinance 2021-01 to amend the Town's Municipal Code Chapter 12-Land Use Planning and Zoning establishing a new term, Base Building Height Elevation (BBHE), and revise the definition of the existing term Building Height. More

COVID-19 Restrictions
See yesterday's announcement here

Modified Charitable Grant Programming
Town Council approved a modified program request from Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding to use charitable grant funding for a virtual public-school program in response to COVID-19. 

Committee Reappointments & Appointments
Town Council reappointed members of the Planning Commission with the addition of two new appointments Madeleine Kaye and Gaye Stathis. They also reappointed members of the Board of Zoning Appeals with the addition of two new appointments Russell A. Berner and Laurence (Larry) Rosenfeld.  

Amendments to Flood Ordinance 
Town Council approved Emergency Ordinance 2021-05 and approved the first reading of Ordinance 2021-04 to amend Article 14 of the Town's Municipal Code regarding general regulations for flood hazard reduction adding definitions for Manufactured Homes, Manufactured Home Parks, and their prohibition in the Town's geographical boundaries. This change will satisfy FEMA requirements for Kiawah's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Bobcat Collaring Success
Last week, Town Biologists collared the first bobcat of 2021 - this 19 lb 15 oz 2-year old male. He was born in April 2019 to Bobcat 600, the same female that sadly passed away in labor (along with four kittens) due to anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning. His littermate was killed by a car on August 11, 2020. He has been named Rainwater.

The Town would like to thank Dr. Shane Boylan for assistance with the capture and blood collection, which will be tested for rodenticides and any other potential issues. In addition, Town Biologists collared three first-time captures and one previously collared bobcat. There are now six collared bobcats on the island.

Help our bobcats stay on the prowl by joining our 600+ Bobcat Guardians in eliminating anticoagulant rodenticides from your Kiawah property. Resources & more information to get you started at www.SaveKiawahBobcats.com. Follow us on social media for more pictures from the bobcat collaring season.
Blood Drive Offering Antibody Testing to Donors
On Monday, February 22, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., the Town will host The Blood Connection for a community blood drive at the Municipal Center (4475 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy.) All donors will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and will receive a $20 gift card. Appointments are encouraged but not required.
2021 Tide Tables
2021 Tide Tables are now available at the Municipal Center (4475 Betsy Kerrison Road). Residents may stop by during regular business hours to pick up their free copy. Digital copies are available here. Tide Tables are provided by SCDHEC’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM).
Notices
Office Closure | February 15 - Presidents' Day

Solid Waste
Used Bicycle Collection - Thursday, March 4. Contact Julie at (843) 768-9166 to schedule.
Brown Trash Collection - Friday, March 5. All brown trash must be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. More
SCDHEC has announced an upward trend in cases of COVID-19 in Charleston County. Find a testing location here. Visit the Town's comprehensive webpage with resources on COVID-19 including updated statistics, DHEC reporting, and more.

Emergency Restrictions
The Town is operating under Emergency Ordinance 2021-02which requires face coverings and other emergency restrictions to address COVID-19 until March 2, 2021, and will be replaced by Ordinance 2021-03, after second reading which establishes emergency restrictions that shall remain in place until December 31, 2021, or until the Governor allows the current State of Emergency to expirewhichever date comes first.
Vaccination Resources
DHEC
Schedule an appointment: scdhec.gov/vaxlocator
Hotline: 1-855-472-3432

MUSC Health
Schedule an appointment: muschealth.org/get-vaccine
Contact: 843-792-1414

Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Appointment Information: www.rsfh.com/coronavirus#vaccinations
Report ordinance violations to the 24-hour hotline at 843-259-2137 or through the online submittal form. Make it easy - add the hotline to your contacts on your mobile phone so it's quickly accessible. 
Previously Mentioned
You have seen these announcements before, but here it is one more time in case you missed it.

Committee Meetings
Arts and Cultural Events Council - February 4 | 2 p.m.
Special Call Town Council Meeting - February 9 | TBD
Public Safety Committee – February 10 | 11:30 a.m.
Public Works Committee – February 16 | 10 a.m.
Communications Workgroup - February 16 | 2 p.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals – February 22 | 10 a.m.
Ways and Means Committee – February 22 | 3 p.m.
 
Meeting Changes
  • Committees that conduct their meetings over video conference will be live-streamed on the Town's YouTube channel.
  • Committees that conduct their meetings in-person where the public can attend will not be live-streamed.

Agendas are available here and will reference the location of the meeting. Meeting dates, times, and locations sometimes change. Before planning to attend a meeting, check our website.
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