City of Beaufort | January 2020
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The City of Beaufort wishes all of our residents, businesses and visitors a very happy, healthy and safe New Year!
City completes project at Waterfront Park
Workers on the barge hand a diver one of the jackets that were used to encase the pilings.
If you pay attention to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, you may notice that the barge that has been anchored at the park since last August is no longer there. The City just completed a major project at the park: shoring up 33 pilings that were in disrepair. The project, under the director of Matt St. Clair, Director of Public Projects & Facilities for the City of Beaufort, involved power-washing the pilings and then encasing them with a fiberglass jacket.

The project cost $590,000 and was funded primarily through a Land and Water Conservation grant. Read more here.
Garden clubs, City plant 2 palmettos
The City has two beautiful new Sabal palmetto trees on Craven Street, flanking the Reconstruction Era National Monument, thanks to generous donations from various Beaufort garden clubs.

These trees were planted on Dec. 6, on South Carolina's Arbor Day, and four more will also be planted as a result of this donation to Beaufort Pride of Place. Read more here.

(Members of the clubs are shown with Mayor Billy Keyserling, and at far right, Isaiah Dause, whose landscaping company, Palms on the Parkway, planted the trees.)
Progress report from Public Works
Greenlawn Drive streetscape

The city is close to completing its Greenlawn Drive streetscape project.

So far:

  • Street has been widened
  • Sidewalks, lighting, street parking added
  • Storm water drainage added
  • Underground duct bank now houses utilities

The cost is approximately $2.7 million and is funded through a Community Development Block Grant and Tax Increment Financing.

The project is expected to be completed in March, when landscaping will be added.
Arsenal restoration

The City's historic Arsenal has been undergoing extensive renovation and restoration work since March 2019.

In late December, the City completed the replacement of the Arsenal's upper and lower roofs. The cost of the project was approximately $288,000, and it was funded through a combination of grants and city resources.

New restrooms should be opening in February. Many windows in the building are also being restored -- a painstaking job being done by Powell Brothers Construction. These additional projects are budgeted for about $491,000 and are funded through a combination of grants, state accommodations fund, and city resources.
Police Department takes kids out for 'Shop with a Cop'
Santa came early for four children from Beaufort schools who accompanied several City police officers to Walmart on Robert Smalls Parkway for the annual Shop with a Cop on Dec. 21.

Students Caley Coker, Lady’s Island Middle School; Abigail McMurray, Beaufort Middle School; and Kadence Johnson and Christian Binyard, both of Beaufort Elementary School, 
were joined by several officers, including Joe Dobbins, Matt Williams, Eric Hayes, Lori Reeves, Coley Hebrard and Alexis Keen.

Generous donations helped make this outing a very special one for the children. Many thanks to all the individuals who donated, as well as both Walmarts in Beaufort, Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort, Thibault Gallery, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 16, and a business that wished to stay anonymous.
Beaufort Belle shopping
Come downtown
 to First Friday!
First Friday is tomorrow!

That's right ... while you're still in the holiday mood, mosey on downtown to enjoy our fabulous stores and great restaurants.

First Friday – Hosted by Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association
5-8 p.m. Friday Jan. 3
Downtown Beaufort

Many thanks to all who came out for the three-day event-packed Holiday Weekend in early December!
Help shape S.C. vision
for the arts in 2020s

The South Carolina Arts Commission, in the midst of its Canvass of the People 2020, is holding public meetings around the state to determine "where do we go from here?"

"With a new decade on the horizon, the Canvass of the People is back to get your thoughts on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for the arts in your community and across the state," the Commission says.

In Beaufort, a public meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at USC Beaufort
Center for the Arts Classroom,
805 Carteret St.

You can also take this online survey: https://conta.cc/2S3SHKq.
Big smiles for our firefighters!
Firefighters from the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department visited the children at Little Brown School in Port Royal on Dec. 4 to teach them about fire safety. They talked to the kids about having a fire safety plan at home, and showed them equipment -- including the firetruck! -- used in firefighting. Check out those awesome hats!

(From left, Firefighter Jessica Tomasoski, Lt. Andy Vinson, Firefighter Arvel Graham.) 
Waste Pro tips for January

Waste Pro, the City's solid waste vendor, will provide regularly scheduled service on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20.

Live Christmas trees should go out on the curb on your regular yard debris pickup day.


Around town

Marine Corps 101, including a behind-the-scenes tour; 10 a.m. Jan. 15


For a list of January events happening in our community, go to the Visit Beaufort events page.
Congratulations to Anaya!
At its Dec. 10 Regular Session, City Council honored Anaya Milledge, 9, for demonstrating courage and tolerance in her Character Education.

Anaya is a 4th-grader at Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School. "We are so proud of Anaya," said Principal Elizabeth Rivera. "She was nominated by both her teachers and her fellow students."

Anaya is known for her friendliness and is on the Honor Roll. Her proud family accompanied her as she received the proclamation from Mayor Billy Keyserling.
Meetings in January
City Council
5 p.m. Jan. 14 Work Session
7 p.m. Jan. 14 Regular Session

5 p.m. Jan. 21 Work Session

5 p.m. Jan. 28 Work Session
7 p.m. Jan. 28 Regular Session
City Boards, Task Forces
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m., Jan. 8
Higher Education Task Force, 2 p.m., Jan. 8
Design Review Board, 2 p.m., Jan. 9
Metropolitan Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 13
Neighborhood Association, 10 a.m., Jan. 15
Affordable Housing Task Force, 3 p.m., Jan. 15
Cultural District Advisory Board, 2 p.m., Jan. 16
Parks & Tree Advisory Committee, 2 p.m., Jan. 23
Zoning Board of Appeals, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 27

Opening on Parks & Tree Advisory Commission
The City of Beaufort has an opening on its Parks & Tree Advisory Commission. If you are a volunteer arborist, and interested in the position, find out more here.