By Amy Mercer, Island Eye News Editor
On Monday, Feb. 20 the Town of Sullivan’s Island dedicated the new Town Hall and Police Headquarters. Town Administrator Andy Benke, Mayor Pro Temp Chauncey Clark and Mayor Pat O’Neil officially opened the island’s first purpose built Town Hall.
Construction began on the 13,500 square foot building (about 12,000 occupied square feet) in June 2015, and was financed as part of a $4.1 million bond and through sale of town property, a process that also financed the purchase of a new fire truck and other capital improvements. The building houses administration offices, council chambers, and the police department. The Town Hall opened to the public on Oct. 31, 2016 but the dedication was delayed until February so everyone could settle in and make sure everything was running smoothly.
“The event went quite well we had a nice turnout – the town staff had done their usual excellent job of preparation for the event,” Mayor O’Neil said.
“The feedback from attendees as they toured the building was very positive. It was a great way to formally introduce our residents to our new home.”
Asked how the facility has been working out for them since they moved in, O’Neil said, “I heard a couple people say the staff sure are smiling a lot since they got there. And when you think about the conditions we were forcing them to labor in before it’s understandable they’re happier. As I’ve said before, it’s about time we had a Town Hall that was worthy of our residents.”