Mayor & Administrator
Groin Work starting this week – minor repairs to concrete groins between the pier and 8th E. After minor repairs, contractor will begin building “mattresses” to go under base of groin and staging them along the beach between 8th and 14th E.
- Renourishment still schedule to begin in late April and groin contractors are working hard to stay ahead of renourishment
Full renourishment info mailed out to all 300 property owners within project area; PDF will be posted on our website
Erosion behind PEL: Certified letter out to 37 property owners this week. City’s share will be $50,000 +/- (under budget and covered by resolution in January): property owners beginning to respond to respond this week
Turtle Monitoring still TBD: working with Corps on respective responsibilities
Spencer planning for DC trip March 22 for American Shore & Beach Preservation Conference and meeting with US Fish & Wildlife
Justin Breighner: 2 years, hire date March 7th, 2016
Spencer Wetmore: 4 years, hire date March 10th 2014
Postings are up for PSO & Clerk of Court; Admin Assistant going up this week
- Big thanks to staff for taking on duties in the interim
Stall High Shool Marine Biology class coming out this week for beach sweep;
Air Force squadron coming out next (thanks Teresa & Green Team for coordinating);
University of Tennessee team coming week of March 8: Thanks Eric for coordinating
Green Team cleanup of parks is Friday, March 23 at 9am
Reviewing Budget Books from Department Heads and preparing to meet with Mayor – any outstanding budget requests must be emailed to me no later than Friday!
- Two positions will posted as soon as the ads are written: Clerk of Court and Admin Assistant in Public Safety. Melissa Gasser has resigned her position.
- Yvette with FEMA has been a pleasure to work with but hopefully the request for information is winding down. Hopefully the effort will pay off in reimbursements.
- The Sunshine Committee met on Friday and planned the date and menu for the quarterly employee lunch. The date will be March 16th and we will be cooking ……wait for it…….CORNED BEEF!
- Public Works has two new employees on payroll. Joshua Fludd came from the temp agency and has done a great job so we stole him. Phillip Ladson, aka “Smokey”, will be a part-time driver. Smokey is retired from the City of Charleston and has his certifications to drive the trucks. We are lucky to have him.
Planning & Zoning
First run of STR helper coming next week! Will be first look at how many rentals aren’t registered or licensed compared to database.
LWCF grant training underway. Will prepare us to apply for grant to repair river park dock.
Zoning of Palm Island under review after single family submittal.
Planning Commission to review preservation/architectural standard incentives with input from DRB next week.
- FEMA Grants Coordinator weekly meetings for Hurricane Irma nearly complete. All categories materials submitted and awaiting final approval.
- Hurricane Irma Hazard Mitigation Grant pre-applications are being accepted through March, 16, 2018. SCEMD will be meeting March 2nd and determine applicant eligibility and ranking. We agreed to circle back with Lindsey to see what our status was after that meeting to determine our next steps if any.
- FY19 General Fund & Utilities Funds department head budget submissions received and are being incorporated into consolidated budgets for upcoming Mayor meetings March 12-16 per schedule below. Exact times TBD.
- Reviewed Tyler implementation management plan. Confirmed staff schedules for live training and implementation requirements through Outlook calendar meeting requests.
- Reminder: Staff forwarded Tyler U & Tyler Community links to begin familiarization training. Forwarded Code and Permitting templates email to Kat & Eric for prep.
- Tyler calls continue: Two bi-weekly Tyler calls w/Finance Director and select staff to begin Thursday, Feb 1st at 10:30am & 11:00am until software installation complete in approximately 10 months.
- Preparing Island Drainage Study & Stormwater Assessment RFP review and Council comparison matrix.
- Ryan is working with Public Works and Public Safety to gather data for the Traffic study. Ryan and Eric will meet daily to collect the data and move the sign until the study is complete.
- The city hosting demonstrations for some new software.
- IT is running SOPHOS endpoint security product on one server and three endpoints. If we select this product, it will replace Symantec as part of a unified security platform
- Public Safety is awaiting equipment to demo Edispatches product for emergency callbacks
- The city once again applied for state grant to expand the body worn camera program
- Ryan will be hosting several training sessions for Public Safety staff for ALEN’s new CAD rollout. I will be on site for every shift to answer any question and get feedback for ALEN
- SLED Audit on March 26th for training audit
- New server updates: Server 2012r2 security update from January and non-security update released Feb. 13 have been installed on servers.
Folly Gras: 4 arrests during festival, 6 that night (haven’t analyzed underlying tickets); 19 alcohol violations handled by security
Meeting with Kelly Russ with staff for improvement notes
Saturday traffic counter: 10,000+ cars on Saturday; prepping for the weekend season and spring break (March 9-23)
Public Works, Building, and Facilities Departments
PW, streets and sidewalks, beach accesses and ROW’s
-PW Crews did a great job in supporting a safe and successful Folly Gras this year. Hats off to all involved.
-Sand fencing installation i.a.w beach and dune management plan continues with PW crew, Tm Ldr Jenkins M. overseeing this project.
-Earl Wright fully trained and newest tractor operator for Public Works!
-3 new hires, Floyd Scott, Josh Fludd, and Phillip Ladson-Congratulations and welcome aboard the best Public Works team around.
-1510 East Beach access Demo, retreat, rebuild complete iaw beach and dune management strategy.
-PW Foreman installed slip resistant surface on foot bridge in library garden per request.
-Material delivered for ADA ramp at washout repair, to be completed by end of this week.
-SCDOT repair of Folly Creek Bridge shoulder in progress, post Irma damage.
-10th West beach access repair complete.
-Bowens Island pot hole repairs started this week.
-Speed trailer data collection ops started this week, joint effort with PS, PW, and IT, big thanks to Ryan Hall for all the trouble shooting and leg work.
–Public Works initial draft budget completed and turned in.
Storm Water and Flood Plain Management
-drainage improvement adjacent to City ROW completed, 110 West Erie, great job by Utilities and PW crews, Master plan and grading by Mr. Phillip Benton.
-10th East Erie mid-block cross pipe repair to be completed by end of March by Charleston County
Code Enforcement, Building, and Facilities.
-PW Foreman 8 B.L. stops last 2 weeks, guiding contractors in to compliance with Business Licensing in addition to normal duties.
-PW Foreman stopped illicit discharge onto East Hudson, excellent job.
– 119 Building permits (other permits count separately) issued since January 1st-great job Katharine Eich.
-City Hall roof replacement started last week, final punch work to be completed by Friday.
-HVAC service completed last week for City Hall, Community Center, and PW Facility in prep for warmer weather coming up-Morelli HVAC
-PW Cat G Storm Damage data compiling completed by Admin team and PW, great job by all, admin, big thank you to Robin Brooks.
-1ea decrease in occupancy rating for residential property last week, 610 West Cooper, new septic permit reduced from 4 bedroom to 3 bedroom. House being built is currently 3 bedroom so will not be allowed to go up in the future.
-shower and bathroom repairs completed by Utilities crews at ADA changing station, 3rd West, and 8th street west, big thanks to Phillip Benton for coordinating and executing these repairs.
–Facilities Department initial budget completed and turned in, thank you to Spencer, Lee, and Robin for all the help.
-Life is good at Folly Beach!