Highlights from the July 26, 2016 Town Council Meeting
John Gregg reported that the Public Safety Committee has completed its review and enhancement of the Town’s “Are You Ready for Flooding” pamphlet. The revised draft has been reviewed by County officials, their recommendations incorporated by the committee, and the final draft distributed to Council members for review and comment by August 2nd. A meeting with Philips & Jordan, the organization contracted for post-disaster debris removal, has produced an agreement on how fees may be fairly allocated between Town and SIPOA for work done on behalf of each entity.
Mr. Gregg also announced that advertisement of a solicitation for bids to provide air ambulance services produced only one proposal, and the Town is beginning negotiations with AirMedCare Network for a “municipal site” agreement. Under this program, Seabrook Island property owners will pay no fees beyond what their insurance coverage allows when receiving air ambulance transport within the county from one of AirMedCare’s participating providers (e.g., Meducare based at Charleston International airport).
John Wells reported some statistics about visits to the Town’s website, noting that the percent of visitors who linger within the website has been steadily growing and traffic to the website’s “Travel” page has increased by 45%. He added that the Town’s advertising in Southern Living (paid from Accommodations Tax income) will continue into the Fall, a time when the magazine’s readers are highly interested in learning about Southeastern vacation destinations. The Town’s contract with Obviouslee Marketing will end in December, and Town representatives will begin meeting in early August with its new marketing group (Lou Hammond & Associates) to plan for 2017 marketing efforts.
Skip Crane summarized activities his Community Relations role has involved him in, from SIPOA/Club Planning Committees to SIPOA Safety & Security and some work on behalf of the Marina and St. Christopher Camp.
Mayor Ron Ciancio reported that arrangements are in place for students at The Citadel’s Business School to conduct an Economic Impact Study of contributions to the region made by residents of Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island, St. Christopher Camp, and Freshfields. The study will take place over the next two school semesters, its only cost being for the Towns of Kiawah and Seabrook to cover about $500 in expense reimbursement. Focus of the study will include number of jobs created, amount of taxes paid, spending patterns in the Charleston area by both residents and visitors, and extent of volunteerism expressed in both numbers of volunteers and hours of effort.
The Mayor also reported that he and Kiawah’s Mayor Lipuma met on July 25 with Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg, members of City Council, and Senior City Staff. They introduced Paul Roberts, Kiawah’s long-time traffic engineering consultant, and used statistics compiled by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments in a discussion of the positive impact that a parkway across Johns Island could have on the region.
The final business item on the agenda was to approve a Temporary Use Permit for the Alan Fleming, Sr., Tennis Tournament (October 4-8, 2016) that allows a large tent and three banner signs.
For additional information on some of these topics, see Minutes of the July 19, 2016 Ways and Means Committee Meeting on the Town’s website. Following approval by Town Council at its August meeting, minutes of this July 26 meeting will be posted to the website as well.
– Submitted by Tidelines Staff