Town Administrator's E-Brief


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

March 2017
Dear Mount Pleasant residents and business owners,

This month we are continuing to prepare the annual budget for the 2017 - 2018 fiscal year. The budget will be reviewed and discussed at length over several public meetings. I encourage you to attend these meetings and to be involved in shaping your community's budget for the upcoming year.
We are also gearing up for a great month full of events and activities for all to enjoy. We are excited to welcome back Mia Hamm for another youth soccer camp and we hope everyone will join us in celebrating the 30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival on April 30th at Memorial Waterfront Park.
There are several other upcoming meetings and events scheduled for the next month, 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
April 3: Committees of Council meetings
April 4: Committees of Council meetings
April 4: Famers Market Re-opening
April 5: CAP Meeting
April 10: OVHD Commission meeting
April 11: Town Council meeting
April 11: Farmers Market
April 13: Historical Commission meeting
April 15: MPPD Reading Patrol
April 18: Farmers Market
April 19: Planning Commission meeting
April 24: BOZA meeting
April 25: Farmers Market
April 26: Design Review Board meeting
April 29: Shaggin' on the Cooper

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- 2 seats


Learn more & apply today HERE!
Street Sign Replacement Program
To meet Federal Highway Administration requirements, the Mount Pleasant Transportation and Public Services departments have partnered in a joint street sign replacement program slated to begin in April. The capital improvement project will replace about 7,500 signs over the next five years, or roughly 1,500 signs per year. The Street Sign Replacement Program will include all street signs within the Town, with the exclusion of private roads and sideways. Existing signs will be removed if they are considered redundant or do not meet standards. Additional signs may be added where deemed applicable.
 Click HERE to learn more.
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!
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SC Hwy 41 Widening
Widening SC Highway 41 was included as a project to be constructed through 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 additional laneage at the intersection of Highway 41 and Joe Rouse Rd. to add capacity and decrease delays for all approaches is 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!

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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.
Gergick Named New Recreation Director
Mount Pleasant Assistant Recreation Director Steve Gergick was selected to be the Town of Mount Pleasant's next Recreation Director. He will lead the Department's transition as Recreation Director Ken Ayoub prepares to retire in June.

Gergick brings to the position 26 years of experience in the field of recreation - five years with the Town of Mount Pleasant and 21 years of combined work both here locally and abroad.

Congratulations Steve! Click HERE to read more.

Budget Calendar

  • March 29, 2017: Budget Committee overview of the proposed budget
  • April 3, 2017: Budget considered by Committees of Council
  • April 11, 2017: Public Hearing, First Reading of the Budget Ordinance & first year of the Capital Improvement Program
  • Week of April 17, 2017: Budget Committee meeting
  • May 9, 2017: Second Reading of the Budget Ordinance & first year of the Capital Improvement Plan
  • July 1, 2017: FY 2018 begins

Click HERE to view the proposed FY 2018 Budget.

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 April 10 , 2017  from 7:30 - 8:30 AM at  Cracker Barrel (2183 N. Highway 17) in Mount Pleasant. 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  April 18, 2017 from  4 - 5 PM at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion (645 Coleman Boulevard). 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.
Business Development Updates
Shell-a-bration Success The Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, The Town of Mount Pleasant, and Lowcountry Local First recently held the first Town Proud "Shell-a-bration" oyster roast to celebrate our community and the local businesses thriving within it. The Town Proud program helps to identify Mount Pleasant's local businesses for our residents, visitors and business owners. The program currently has over 60 certified local businesses ranging from retail and restaurants to professional services, with 16 members joining in the last month. When shopping, dining, or in need of services, be sure to check our online business directory, select "Certified Local Business," and explore the many options Mount Pleasant has to offer. Click HERE to view the business directory and select "certified local."

Click HERE to view photos from the "Shell-a-bration."
30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet
The 30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by  East Cooper Medical Center and  Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant's local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop!

#JustAsk where your seafood came from before you buy! Support local and wild caught to support your fishermen!
11:00 am- 5:00 pm
Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront
99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Click HERE for more event details. 
R.L. Jones Center Pool & Gym To Close For Upgrades
The Town of Mount Pleasant will kick off another capital improvement project on April 25, 2017 with renovations of The R. L. Jones' heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, in accordance with code upgrades. Installation of the new HVAC unit will require the gym and pool to be closed. Construction is expected to last five weeks. For more information on pool/gym schedules and closures, visit us online or click HERE.
Weekly Farmers Market Returns April 4th
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is where our community meets to share in a vibrant array of locally grown and SC Certified produce. Stroll through the market to find a bounty of just-picked vegetables, fruits, and fragrant flowers along with local seafood, fresh-cooked meals, baked and canned goods, and locally produced snacks.

Join us every Tuesday, April through September, from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. to mingle with neighbors and visitors alike while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities.  Free parking.


Click HERE for more info. 

Mia Hamm Returns to Mount Pleasant!
Mia Hamm is back! In partnership with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, Hamm will host the 2017 Team First Soccer Academy on April 8 - 9 at the Park West Recreation Complex. U.S. Soccer legends Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch will also join the fun as lead coaches of the event.

Click HERE to learn more.
Construction Begins on Memorial Waterfront Park Playground Upgrades
Construction is underway for the new U.S.S. Yorktown- inspired playground equipment at Memorial Waterfront Park. When visiting the p ark, please notice all caution signs and safety reminders to avoid any injury or destruction of our fun equipment. We know it's exciting, but let's wait a while longer before venturing into the area!

This playground project is the first of many capital improvements to one of the most beloved parks in the region. The playground addition is expected to be completed for the Blessing of the Fleet celebrations on April 30.

Click HERE for more info.
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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464