Mayor & Administrator
- Earl Wright: 9/20/95: Wow, thank you for 22 years!
- Eric Lutz: 9/8/08: 9 years
- Vinnnie Denicola: 9/22/14: 3 years
Thank you all for your commitment and service to Folly Beach!
- Army Corps conducted post-storm survey of the beach last Friday and the Mayor met with Lt Col to discuss path forward
- East side repair & groin project will proceed as planned: 8th E to the East End of the federal project; if Congress gives more money after Irma, additional sand would probably go in the same location
- After survey results are compiled, the City will likely request the next full renourishment (best case: 2019)
- City will also begin looking at dunes, “blue blobs” and other areas behind the renourishment project line and coming to Council with request to spend Beach Preservation funds for maintenance behind the line
- Walkover repairs: Eric is overseeing a contractor on walkover repairs. ADA walkovers will be prioritized, then easily-fixed and high use, then all others. More than half the walkovers sustained damage and had to be closed.
- “Emergency post storm measures”: I’ve received several questions about why the City isn’t “building emergency dunes” after the storm and the answer is that other communities without seawalls are forced to conduct sand scraping to protect their beachfront houses. But in the long-term this only takes sand from the beach’s natural slope and piles it in front of the houses making the waves stronger when they hit the dunes and making the beach less protected in the long run. We are following the strategies in our Beach Management Plan: dunes, groins, renourishment.
- Staff held post-storm debriefing Monday afternoon.
- City Council, please let us know if there are other items that we can improve for next time – pre, during, or post-storm – there is always room for improvement.
- FEMA has not yet declared individual assistance relief for citizens – please encourage everyone to use online reporting tool for damage to help the County reach the threshold: https://www.crisistrack.com/public/charlestonSC/citizenRequest.html
- FEMA has declared public assistance for emergency protective measures, so the City will be reimbursed for costs incurred during the storm (personnel, equipment, fuel, etc). There is not yet authorization for debris removal, recovery, or beach walkovers
- September Council meeting 9/26 at 7pm; October Joint Work Session on signs and short-term rentals, 10/2 at 5:30 pm
- Mayor meeting with leaders of Folly Boat tomorrow to see how City can assist with their efforts, particularly relating to state agencies
- Attended Charleston Area Transportation Committee and approved traffic mobility as a priority in the Charleston Area
- Yes, the Tides is closed for several months for repairs – individuals should call 843-588-6464 for questions about individual reservations. The City was not involved in their decision to close, but my understanding is that they are having roof leaks and need to replace carpet in many of the rooms repair the roof.
Planning & Zoning
- Joint meeting with Planning Commission moved to October 2. The joint work session begins at 5:30 for an executive session on signs and then moves to the rental ordinance. Council is encouraged to attend.
- DRB gave preliminary approval to Inn at 105 East Huron.
- Property owner on West Arctic is also considering an Inn, will depend on the interpretation of the 200′ rule.
- Folly Road steering committee voted to direct staff to submit a funding request to the Council of governments for a complete streets monies for a multi use path from Ellis Road to Sol Legrare.
- Folly Road Corridor Staff met to determine the scope of the application. Approximately $14 million project from end to end, will be broken into phases at a later date.
- Council Resolution prepared for future external audit contract recommendations
- August month end close underway
- Final City Financial software vendor webinars delayed due to Hurricane Irma. Quotes and recommendation to Council may be pushed to November Council meeting.
- City received the 25% State portion of Hurricane Matthew Public Assistance funds
- FY17 audit preparation nearly complete, auditors rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. They are to arrive September 28-29 and at various times during the following week as they will be engaged with another client simultaneously.
- Preliminary FEMA Category B – Emergency Protective Measures costs from Hurricane Irma compiled, Estimate approx. $40,000
- Electrical wiring to Washout paystations compromised during Hurricane Irma, Approx. cost to repair is $6,000
-MEOC updates were completed in time for the storm. Thanks to Andrew and Eric for helping get this stuff done on an expedited timeline. After using it in action, there are some small changes I am working on to make that space better for the next activation. (Ed. Note: Thank you to Ryan for ALL of your hard work before the storm to get the budgeted upgrades in place before the storm!)
-Body-worn camera implementation will be the first week of October. IT is working to get the software installed on the server this week in advance of vendor’s arrival.
-IT is looking in to finding a new primary ISP to replace Comcast, which is continually unreliable, especially in a storm.
-IT is participating in a demo with another municipal app vendor on Thursday.
-Ryan will be a MASC MTASC conference in Myrtle Beach from Wednesday-Friday next week.
We assisted Public Works with pumping E Arctic Avenue and E Erie Avenue
Repaired and raised a meter at 419 E Arctic
Scraping road shoulders at various locations
The old water main on E Ashley Avenue has been abandoned!!
I got my recertification for backflow testing on Thursday
The new pick-up truck should be ready for delivery this week
New PSO: Julio Santos-Hernandez started today, former marine, SC certified officer
Policy Review steering committee tomorrow
Supervisor meeting Thursday
DC Burke meeting with other area fire chiefs re interoperability
Public Works, Facilities, Building & Code Enforcement
PW, streets and sidewalks, beach accesses and ROW’s
-IRMA recovery operations island wide!! PW crew knocking it out while working with SCDOT, CCPRC and Charleston County combined.
-striping contractor back out tomorrow to complete loading zones, parking areas on arctic, and misc. requests from City depts.
Storm Water and Flood Plain Management
-island drainage issues being looked at and problem areas mapped for next storm water meeting with Charleston County and SCDOT.
Code Enforcement, Building, and Facilities.
-39 storm damage permits issued so far, over $1.2 million in gross value
-wave watch restroom completion continuing after storm recovery (utilities department starting sewer install tomorrow).
-beach access repairs starting this week combined PW and Beach Patrol operations with a primary focus on debris clean up on the beach front and ada access repairs (will be an ongoing process for awhile).
-code enforcement complaint addressed at 704 East Arctic, roll cart issue
– Consturction Board of Appeals hearing re 816 E. Cooper appealing Building Official’s complaint/rule to show cause for flood code violation (unpermitted/noncompliant finished space below base flood).
– Mulch going into River Park this week
-Life is good at Folly Beach