Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

July 2016
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

I hope you and your family are enjoying the summertime here in Mount Pleasant. On July 1st we kicked off our new fiscal year and we are already off to a great start. Under the leadership of Mayor Page and Town Council and the direction of our staff, I'm pleased to confirm that there is no tax increase for this year. With this budget, we maintain our strong financial position and we have dedicated funding for important community improvements including road and stormwater projects. Through the budget process, Town Council established the priorities for this year, which include: continued growth management and community outreach efforts, as well as infrastructure improvements and quality of life preservation. Every resident and business owner plays a role in making Mount Pleasant the great community that it is and we, with your support, look forward to the continued success of our town.
There are several upcoming meetings and events scheduled for August, 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
Aug 1: Committees of Council meetings
Aug 4: ATAC meeting
Aug 8: Old Village Historic District Commission meeting
Aug 9: Town Council Meeting
Aug 10: Culture, Arts & Pride Commission meeting
Aug 11: Historical Commission meeting
Aug 13: Shagging on the Cooper
Aug 15: Housing Task Force meeting
Aug 16: Shem Creek Task Force meeting
Aug 20: MPPD Reading Patrol
Aug 24: Planning Commission meeting
Aug 29: BOZA meeting
Aug 31: Commercial Design Review Board meeting

Upcoming Pitt Street Improvements 
If you missed last week's drop-in meeting about the upcoming Pitt Street improvements, here's everything you need to know: Stormwater and sewer system upgrades are scheduled to occur concurrently. While the road is closed, it may be possible to move the power lines underground. With the power line undergrounding, the entire project is estimated to take 4-6 months. Check out the renderings below to see before and after shots of Pitt Street. Questions? Contact Katherine Hendricks.
New Online Budget Application Launched
Per the Town's 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan, Mount Pleasant has procured and launched and open data site. The first phase of this site is live and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Explore the Town's current budget, create custom graphs, and review our capital project budgets. eMPower yourself with data that matters to you!
2016 - 2020
Strategic Plan
View the Town of Mount Pleasant's new 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan by clicking HERE.
Shem Creek Fisheries Saturday Fish Market
Shem Creek Fisheries has recently launched a Saturday Fish Market at the Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard. Purchase fresh and local seafood from Shem Creek based fishermen from 8 - 12 PM every Saturday.
MP Farmers Market Is Now Open
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is where our community meets to share in a vibrant array of locally grown and SC Certified produce and flowers. Stroll through the market to find a bounty of just-picked vegetables and fruits, stunning and fragrant flowers and local seafood plus fresh-cooked meals, baked and canned goods and locally produced snacks. Join us every Tuesday from April through September starting at 3:30 p.m. to mingle with neighbors and visitors alike while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities. Free parking.
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SC Hwy 41 Widening
Widening SC Highway 41 is the top legislative priority for the Town of Mount Pleasant. 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.
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.
Town Wins MASC Achievement Award for Outreach Program
The Town of Mount Pleasant received a Municipal Achievement Award for its government outreach strategy. Officials accepted the award during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Annual Meeting on July 16. The city won in the communications category. Twenty-six cities and towns submitted their projects and initiatives.

"In Mount Pleasant, officials have implemented targeted efforts to transform their relationship with the public from merely customer service into collaborative partnerships," said Miriam Hair, executive director for the Municipal Association.

The Municipal Association of South Carolina initiated the Achievement Awards in 1987 to recognize and encourage innovations and excellence in local government. Click HERE to read more.
Music & Movies in the Park- August 2016
Hot days call for cool nights under the stars at Memorial Waterfront Park. Every Friday in August, enjoy the summer season at the Town of Mount Pleasant's Music & Movies in the Park series presented by Y102.5 FM.

Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Rotating food trucks, frozen treats and T&T Kettle Korn will satisfy your taste buds starting at 6:30 weekly! Movies begin at sunset, between 8:00 and 8:30. Admission and parking are free. All ages are welcome.

* August 5 - Ant-Man and local band Call Momma
* August 12 - Space Jam and local band Weird Science
* August 19 - Pitch Perfect 2 and a cappella group The Charlestones
* August 26 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens and East Cooper Baptist Church Orchestra

For more information, visit or our Facebook page.
Join MPPD for National Night Out- 8/2/2016
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

Last month's Coffee with the Mayor took place at Page's Okra Grill 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  August 8, 2016 at  Cracker Barrel, located at 2183 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466 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 on  August 23, 2016 Additional 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.
Help Us Protect Our Waterways By Eliminating Illicit Discharge
Help us protect our local waterways by eliminating illicit discharge.  If you see the following dumped into storm drains or ditches: construction paint/waste; pesticides/fertilizers; pet waste; cooking oil; household or cleaning chemicals; a chemical or oil spill; grass clippings or leaves; litter or debris... please call the Town of Mount Pleasant Stormwater Division at (843) 856-2157. Click  HERE to learn more!
Business Development Updates
Food For Thought- August 4, 2016
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The Town of Mount Pleasant has partnered with the Mount Pleasant Business Association to create Food for Thought, a six-month business education series leading up to the annual Mount Pleasant Business Expo on September 22nd.  The series focuses on providing participants (business owners, marketing and sales executives, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals, etc.)with simple tactics to increase their business' success.  The series has garnered a great response from the business community by selling out nearly each event.  The final sessions of the series will take place on August 4th and September 1st from 12-1:30pm at Burton's Grill in Mount Pleasant.


Welcome New Businesses!  

This month the Town of Mount Pleasant welcomed the following new businesses into our community:
  • Barre South (Coleman Blvd.)
  • Blue Sky Endurance
  • Trident Technical College Environmental Technology & Science Laboratory
  • Urban Cookhouse
  • Job Market Maker
Recreation Dept. Fall Registration Now Open
Registration for fall sports/programs with Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is now open! Check out the latest issue of the InMotion Magazine and click HERE to register. 
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