Tropical Storm Elsa Approaching
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Charleston County. Beginning tonight through Thursday morning, our area will likely experience heavy rainfall, tropical-storm-force winds, isolated tornado threats, rip currents and coastal flooding at high tide. As a result, power outages, airborne debris, and downed trees are possible. Residents should prepare for tropical storm conditions read more
Updates from Town Council
The following is a summary of announcements from the July 6 Town Council meeting. Watch the meeting here.

Ordinances
Town Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 2021-09 to rescind the previous ordinance 2020-13, which provided a salary to the Mayor and Council Members, but also declared that such payments did not create an employment relationship or entitle them to employee benefits. 
 
The Town has since discovered that the Internal Revenue Service considers paid elected municipal officials to be “employees,” and the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority requires that all employees be offered benefits, which contradicts the intent and terms of Ordinance 2020-13. Upon the second reading, Ordinance 2020-13 will be rescinded. The Mayor and Council Members of the Town of Kiawah Island will receive no salary or benefits other than reimbursement for expenses.

Contracts
Town Council approved the following contracts:
  • A contract amendment with All South Consulting Engineers to enter into a second one-year extension for post-disaster debris monitoring services.  
  • A contract amendment with Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems to enter into a one-year extension to perform cleaning services at the Municipal Center. 

Appointments 
Town Council appointed Lin O'Leary to the Board of Zoning Appeals. She will serve a three-year term.
Beachwalker Drive Community Planning Workshop
The Beachwalker Drive Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan Community Planning Workshop will be held on July 8 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting agenda, a summary of public comments, and refined concepts from Kimley-Horn are available here.
New Sea Islands MUSC Medical Facility
MUSC Health has announced its plan to build a new 22,740 square-foot medical facility at 1884 Seabrook Island Road. This project was driven by a need for emergency and other health care services in the Sea Islands community based on growth, geographic isolation, demographics, and community health profiles. Construction is expected to begin in August 2022, with an anticipated opening in fall 2023.

The facility will have two components:
  • Freestanding emergency room with four exam rooms, two trauma rooms, fast-track triage, full CT scan, radiology services, complete lab services, direct admission to hospital beds, and a helipad.

  • Medical office building with services for primary care, specialty care, telehealth pods, onsite lab, diagnostic treatment, and physical/occupational therapy treatment rooms.

Informational Resources

If you have questions about how you can be involved, please contact Brian Panique, Senior Director of Principal Gifts.
Bicycle Collections Cancelled
The Town will no longer be collecting gently used bicycles. Thank you to all who donated to the previous collections. If you have questions, contact Julie at jstaradumsky@kiawahisland.org.
Resources from Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Berkeley Electric Cooperative has several resources available to report and track outages. Review the flyers below to ensure you are following the correct procedures and have the most up-to-date information.

Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's new interactive website, hurricane.sc, to review the fundamentals of being prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms.


Guides (Printed copies available at the Municipal Center) 
Emergency Notification System
Residents should make sure they are registered for the Town's emergency notification system CodeRED. During registration, be sure to opt-in for severe weather warning alerts. The National Weather Service automatically triggers severe weather alerts if your address falls in the path of severe weather, which is especially important in tornado warnings. Register here

If you are unsure if you are registered, you can re-register here without receiving duplicate notices. If you want to be removed from CodeRED, click here.
The next King Tide that could affect the island will occur July 22-24. King Tides are the highest seasonal tides that naturally occur each year. In some cases, they may barely even be noticed. In other cases, a King Tide may cause flooding of low-lying areas and disruption to daily routines. More
Safe and Effective Control of Rodents
Rats and mice are part of living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and are a vital component of our local ecosystem, providing critical food for bobcats, snakes, and birds of prey (eagles, hawks, and owls). With that said, rodent prevention and control are necessary.

Click here to review helpful information on the rodents found on Kiawah and simple and effective steps for identifying and mitigating rodent issues. Below are new educational resources.
Turtle Patrol Update
Current Nest Count: 252

  • Never harass, touch or disturb hatchlings or eggs.
  • Take all items with you when you leave the beach and fill in your holes, as these can be big hurdles for turtles.
  • Lights out for Turtles! May - October, all outdoor lighting facing the beachfront should be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn. Also, no use of artificial light (flashlights, cell phone lights) on the beach at night. It can cause nesting females to abandon nesting attempts and disorient hatchlings as they make their way to the ocean.

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Due to the progress made with the COVID -19 pandemic recovery, the Town will no longer continue to update statistics on our webpage. However, it will remain active for the ease of access to resources.
Upcoming Arts Council Event
Charleston Jazz Orchestra: Ellington at Newport
Sunday, August 15 | 7:30 p.m.
West Beach Conf. Center
Cost: $25
Report ordinance violations or rental property problems to the 24-hour hotline at 843-259-2137 or through the online submittal form. Add the hotline to your contacts on your mobile phone so it's quickly accessible. 
Previously Mentioned
Links to previous announcements are listed below in case you missed it.

Committee Meetings
Community Planning Workshop – July 8 | 2 p.m.
Arts Council Board – July 12 | 10 a.m.
Public Works Committee – July 12 | 10 a.m.
Public Safety Committee – July 14 | 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Committee – July 14 | 2 p.m.
Communications Workgroup – July 20 | 2 p.m.
CERT Committee – July 21 | 3 p.m.
Ways and Means Committee – July 26 | 3 p.m.

Meeting Changes
  • Committees that conduct their meetings over video conferences 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 meeting's location. Dates, times, and locations sometimes change. Before planning to attend a meeting, check our website.
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