The Alhambra Hall Oyster Shell Reef Construction Project
By Hillary Repik, Stormwater Manager
The Town’s Stormwater/Water Quality Program is working to connect Mount Pleasant residents and business with water quality protection programs. We host an oyster recycling drop off at the Town’s maintenance facility on Sweetgrass Basket Parkway. These shells are collected by DNR who uses them to make reefs like the one that was made today. The Town was also a partner in a reef constructed at Waterfront Park several years ago. We are looking forward to installing many more reefs of the next few years. We are working on educating the public about the effects of pollution generated by our everyday activities. When it rains, the pollution is washed into the storm drains and most often untreated out into our creeks and marshes. Oyster reefs help with pollution control as they are great water filters. It is our goal to reduce the pollution from the land so that we can have more healthy oysters - and other local resources to enjoy for many years to come!
Alhambra Hall Oyster Shell Reef Construction Project
A beautiful view of the newly constructed reef and the harbor (April 13, 2011)
It’s official! The 2011 Farmers Market is open!
Aided by the talented Cairo Middle School Troubadours, Mayor Billy Swails rings the bell and formally announces the opening of the 2011 Season of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Don’t miss a crowd’s favorite every Tuesday, from 3:30 pm until dark, on Moultrie Middle School grounds. Fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious prepared foods, great entertainment and kids activities. Make Tuesday a Farmers Market Day! (April 12, 2011)
It’s National Public Safety Communications Week!
The Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department and Mayor Billy Swails recently highlighted the efforts of the unsung heroes of public safety during National Public Safety Communications Week April 10-16.
“Telecommunications specialists are the driving force behind our town’s emergency rescue services. They are the men and women who dispatch our police force, ambulances, and our firefighters. They may not be as visible as the men and women who arrive at the scene of emergencies, but they are just as important,” said Mayor Billy Swails. “We depend upon telecommunicators to notify emergency personnel promptly, clearly, calmly and accurately. We depend upon them to keep our husbands, our wives, and our children calm during an emergency.”
Thank you to all our Mount Pleasant Police Department Telecommunicators!
We Love Dogs in Mount Pleasant!
Mount Pleasant Councilman Ken Glasson is shown attending the ribbon cutting of My Three Dogs’ Grand Opening Celebration with owner Kris Virde at her new location: 1606 Hwy 17N, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Sweetgrass Basket Community has a new recruit!
A potential new recruit and future basket maker, Hanna M. Gadsden sits inside one of the masterpieces created by her grandmother Alfreda Jamison, a successful Sweetgrass basket maker located on US 17 North, near Baker Motor. Hanna is the daughter of Community Service Officer Angela Gadsden and proves that it is never too early to show interest in family culture, history and heritage.
The Behind-the-Scene Crew
The Public Services Department is the unsung hero of many projects and special events that simply could not go on without the participation of their dedicated staff. They build stages, erect signs, provide seating for guests, PA support and perform a myriad of other functions including the set up and strike down of events. They are fast, accurate and dependable. Thank you Public Services Crew!
Shown here is Facilities and Grounds Division Chief Edward Weston supervising the seating arrangements of municipal, county, and state officials for the joint groundbreaking of two major transportation projects (April 11, 2011)
The Mount Pleasant Fire Department Honor Guard at the joint Breaking Ceremonies for the Interchange at US17/I-526 & the Widening of US17
The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is involved in a myriad of community activities, but none is probably as solemn and traditional as the addition of the Honor Guard to special events and large projects. MPPD lends the right tone to those special occasions with impeccable taste and we are grateful for their professionalism!
JOINT GROUNDBREAKING OF US17 WIDENING & US17/I-526 INTERCHANGE
On April 11, 2011, Mayor Billy Swails, Town Council members, South Carolina Department of Transportation Commissioners, and a representative of the State Infrastructure Bank board gathered with community members at the former Laing Middle School to ceremonially break ground for the widening of US17 from the Isle of Palms Connector to Darrell Creek Trail, and for improving the US17/I-526 interchange at Hungryneck Boulevard. Both projects will be completed by early 2013.
This is what you can expect:
A new US17/I-526 Interchange bridge at Hungryneck Boulevard will separate through traffic from I-526 onto Hungryneck Boulevard and US17. Widening and enhancements along US17 between the I-526 overpass and Hungryneck Boulevard and US17 between the IOP Connector and Darrell Creek Trail will add a third lane in each direction, sidewalks, and a landscaped median.
THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT GETS TO WORK ON MAJOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS
Transportation Department staff led by Transportation Director Brad Morrison get to work of the ambitious interchange and US 17 widening projects. Meet the faces behind the transportation improvements going on throughout Mount Pleasant. Over the next two years, four major projects totaling $183 million will be constructed to improve the commute of nearly 68,000 residents. The road improvements to Johnnie Dodds and Bowman Road, along with the widening of US 17 and the construction of the interchange are now underway!
Shown here are Vincent Anderson, Paul Lykins, Brad Morrison, Horace Pettit and Gary Ponder