Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

December 2016
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

The Town of Mount Pleasant is gearing up for the start of another successful year in 2017. In January, Town Council will hold its annual working retreat, during which time capital projects and community priorities will be identified and discussed.
I am pleased to say that throughout 2016, Mount Pleasant retained its strong financial position with numerous awards, top bond ratings, and federal grant awards. Additionally, our economic outlook continues to be very promising as evidenced by the numerous businesses opening their doors every month with more new businesses on the way. Our quality of life for residents and business-owners alike has remained strong with excellent schools, low crime, and top quality public services.
The Town of Mount Pleasant has another promising year ahead in 2017. Town officials and staff look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence and to working with citizens to make the community the best it can be, both now and for years to come. On behalf of the Town of Mount Pleasant, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
There are several upcoming meetings and events scheduled for the new year, so I invite you to sign up to our Notify Me module and stay updated on the latest Town news, projects, and events. 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
Dec 28: Commercial Design Review Board meeting
Jan 3: Committees of Council meetings
Jan 3: Shem Creek Task Force meeting
Jan 10: Town Council meeting
Jan 11: Culture, Arts & Pride Commission meeting
Jan 18: Planning Commission meeting
Jan 21: MPPD Reading Patrol
Jan 25: Town Council Retreat

Join Our Team- We're Hiring!
Apply today to join our team and help build the best community in the country. EOE
Volunteer Boards & Commissions Seat Vacancies
Be more involved in your local government! Apply today for a seat on one of our volunteer boards and commissions. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but we are currently advertising for the following open seats:


1. Historical Commission: 1 seat


2. Board of Zoning Appeals: 2 At-large seats


3. Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee: 1 "Culture" seat


4. Old Village Historic District Commission: 2 At-large seats


5. Planning Commission: 1 seat

Learn more & apply today HERE!
Reminder: Holiday Office Closings & Sanitation Pick-up Schedule Changes
As a reminder, all Town of Mount Pleasant administrative offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23rd  and will reopen Tuesday, Dec 27th, as well as Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Sanitation collection schedules are also subject to change. Please see HERE for more info.
Visit the Riverwatch Café & Fishing Pier at Memorial Waterfront Park!
Part of the Memorial Waterfront Park complex, the 1250-foot long Mount Pleasant Pier stretches out into Charleston Harbor under the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. The pier's foundation was created from pared-down pilings from the old Silas N. Pearman Bridge.
 Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the bridge and harbor from the pier's bench swings and shade structures. The River Watch Café & Gift Shop is your one-stop-shop for fishing tackle, rod rentals, gifts and souvenirs; made-to-order sandwiches, ice cream, fruit smoothies, and more. Check it out today!
More Info
SC Hwy 41 Widening
Widening SC Highway 41 is the top legislative priority for the Town of Mount Pleasant. It was recently included as a project to be constructed as part of November's successful sales tax referendum. SC-41 is a State-owned two-lane, undivided arterial route and designated hurricane evacuation route.
For more information about the Hwy 41 Widening Project, please view the latest Project Fact Sheet or visit our CIP webpage.

Construction of turn lanes at Highway 41 and Joe Rouse Road to improve traffic at that intersection and allow increased "green light" time on Highway 41 are also included in the Town's CIP. Visit the CIP webpage for more information.

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."
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.
Happy Holidays from Town Council
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and Mount Pleasant Town Council wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year! To view Council's holiday greeting, please click HERE or on the photo above.

Arrive Alive This Holiday Season

What have you missed while texting and driving? As part of the Mount Pleasant Police Department's Arrive Alive: Beyond the Basics safe driving campaign, the MPPD presents this anti-texting and driving video showing how much you can miss while on the move walking or driving distracted. Put down the phone this holiday season and arrive alive. Click HERE to view the video. 

Memorial Waterfront Park Playground Renovations
The playground equipment at Memorial Waterfront park will soon be under renovation. The new equipment, modeled after the USS Yorktown will feature ADA-compliant play equipment for toddler-aged children. Bids for the project are expected by mid-January 2017 with construction complete within 90 days of the award date.
Town Receives Highest Opinion For Financial Audit

Independent accounting firm Greene, Finney & Horton, awarded the Town its highest opinion for its financial audit for the fiscal year ending in June.

To read more about this audit or to view the press conference, please click HERE.
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 Executive Programs Office at (843) 884 - 8517. We look forward to meeting with you!
Coffee with the Mayor

The next Coffee with the Mayor will be held on  January 9, 2017  from 7:30 - 8:30 AM.The event is free and open to all! Please contact the Executive Programs Office at (843) 884 - 8517 for more information.

Town Administrator's Mobile Office Hours

The next monthly  Mobile Office Hours event will take place in January . Additional event details will be forthcoming. Each month, the Town Administrator holds open office hours at various locations 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.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Resolve to be better in 2017 by reducing your impact on the environment and stormwater systems. Consider what you can do to reduce, reuse and recycle!  Find out how you can recycle your Christmas tree and go green this year with these tips from Charleston County.
Business Development Updates
New Business Development & Tourism Website Unveiled Committed to business development and tourism, the Town of Mount Pleasant recently launched, a brand-new website for businesses, visitors and residents alike.The new site features the many ways in which we invite you to Come On Over to visit, live, work, and play in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Check out the new site by clicking HERE.
Last Minute Shopping? Remember Our Local Businesses!
Planning on doing a little last minute shopping or perhaps perusing after-Christmas sales? Search for Mount Pleasant locally certified restaurants and retailers in our online business directory. Simply choose "Certified Local Business" to find the 43 businesses who have been certified since launching the Town Proud initiative in October, or look for the Town Proud badge in storefront windows.  Want to become certified? Sign up here to be contacted.
Congratulations Parade Winners!
The Town of Mount Pleasant would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the participants of the  21st Christmas Light Parade who extended significant time and effort to make the event another delightful success. More than 100 spectacular floats proceeded down Coleman Boulevard and the entries below were recognized with first and second prizes.
1.  East Cooper Medical Center
2.  Scout Boats Inc.

1.  501st Legion Carolina Garrison
2. Shem Creek Fisheries

Junior Community
1.  Cub Scout Pack 505
2.  Pack 470 at Christ Our King Church

1.  James B Edwards Elementary
2.  Global Football School

Cheer / Dance
1. Tapio School of Dance and Gymnastics
2.  Creative Edge Dance Center

1.   St. Paul's Lutheran Church
2.  Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy

1.  Media Services
2.  WCIV - ABC News 4 
Recreation Holiday Offerings
The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department has something for everyone this holiday season! Click HERE to learn more about the family-friendly special events, camps, and activities planned for the season. Find what moves you this holiday season with Mount Pleasant Recreation! #InMotion
Upcoming ATAX Funding Deadline
The Town of Mount Pleasant's application process for accommodations tax funding will change December 1. To better assist and support community organizations, the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee modified the award process to reflect the Town of Mount Pleasant's budget cycle. For projects occurring July 1- December 31, 2017, the application will be available December 1, 2016. For projects occurring January 1- June 30, 2018, the application will be available July 1, 2017.

Click HERE to learn more about this new process.
Holiday Safety Tips from MPFD
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