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Isle of Palms Council meeting – January 26, 2010

Mayor Pro-Tem announced

Following a brief discussion, Council member Marty Bettelli was nominated to serve as the Isle of Palms Mayor Pro-Tempore. The Council approved his appointment unanimously.

David Greene gives audit results

David Greene of Greene, Finney & Horton, LLP gave a presentation on the most recent audit of the City’s financial condition. The audit showed the City was in good shape fiscally. Look for a detailed analysis in our next edition.

Flooding on the north end of the Island

David Rawle of One 53rd Ave. told the Council of the flooding issue he and his neighbors are experiencing due to the heavy rains. He stated that on several occasions the water has been so deep that he couldn’t access his property. He is worried about the long term effects of standing water and the negative imagery that could come from the exposure of this problem for the island. The Council stated that it is currently working on a drainage solution in committee.

Supporting the Marina

During the Real Property Committee meeting on Thursday, January 7, Marina Manager Brian Berrigan reported that the economy appears to have caught up with the IOP Marina. Transient rentals are down, fuel sales are way down and permanent tenants are leaving. All funding that has not been allocated for improvements has been suspended until there is a resolution on the dredging project. The dredging is needed as the Intracoastal Waterway is shallow, causing boaters heading south to use jetties to get in and out. Where the Marina once had 15 boaters a night at the dock, he’s now lucky to have four. Sales are also down for the Marina Market, and the deli has been closed indefinitely due to lack of support.

Beyond the call of duty

Council member Ralph Piening made note of a letter written by the neighbors of an elderly citizen whom Sergeant Robert Jimenez of the IOP Police Department had helped recently during a routine traffic stop. The woman had been confused as to where she lived and could not find her way home. The letter thanked Sergeant Jimenez for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure her safety, arranging for an interpreter and the department’s Victim Advocate to help the woman get in touch with family members to take custody of her for her well being. In a separate letter, Police Chief Thomas Buckhannon thanked Sergeant Jimenez for his “actions in dealing with this person in crisis”, recognizing him as Employee of the Month for the IOP Police Department.

In other personnel news, the December Safety Sweepstakes winners for the various departments are: Shaun Gadsden (Fire Department), Tracey Marks (Police Department), Charles Williams (Public Works) and Carol Keller (Recreation Department).

In support of SIES

In acknowledgement of the issues currently facing Sullivan’s Island Elementary, including the necessity for a new roof in order to be up to earthquake code, the City of Isle of Palms read a resolution in support of the school and their efforts to rebuild, recognizing SIES as “an essential island resource”. Among other things, the City stated that it has a “vested interest in helping to ensure that the future of Sullivan’s Island Elementary is both planned and protected”, and that the City “acknowledges the school’s value to making the Isle of Palms a desirable place to locate, live and raise a family by offering exceptional public elementary educational opportunities”.

Dog licenses now required

As of March 1, 2010, all Isle of Palms dogs are required to display a dog license and collar issued by the City. Licenses and collars may be purchased for $10 (residents) or $25 (non-residents and visitors) at the Public Safety Building at 30 J. C. Long Blvd. from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination to obtain a license. For more information, call 886-6522.

Front Beach parking $1/hour

The Council approved a motion to set the parking meter rate on Front Beach up from $.75 an hour to $1 per hour as of the beginning of the 2010 beach season. The change could start as early as March if the increase is approved in February.

The next Isle of Palms Council meeting will be held on February 23, 2010 at 7pm in the IOP City Hall, located at 1207 Palm Boulevard. For more info, visit www.iop.net or call 886-6428.

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