Construction will begin in the next few weeks on the Fort Johnson Sidewalk Project. The plan is to start construction near Harbor View Road and head towards Folly Road. The project should be finished by Christmas.
Expect occasional lane closures over the next few months. The plan is to time lane closures to avoid morning and evening rush hour as well as school traffic.
James Island Town Council met Thursday, September 18.
Former Town Councilwoman Mary Beth Berry was given a plaque in honor of her service to the Town.
Council approved the $100,000 match for the Jerdone/Stiles Sidewalk project.
The Town Administrator, Ashley Kellahan, reported that the bids are in for the erosion control project on Sweetgrass Drive and the contract will come before Council for approval in October. She also reported that the Town's Foxcroft sidewalk project is nearly complete.
Councilman Blank, Chairman of the Town's Land Use Committee, reported that a new Sherman William's Paint Store is being constructed in the Town on Folly Road.
Councilman Garrett Milliken, Chairman of the Town's Environmental and Beautification Committee, reported on James Island Pride's recent litter pick up day. He also announced that James Island Pride will be participating in the Green Fair at James Island County Park this coming Sunday.
Council reappointed Chairman Grant Scurry and Deanne Grayson to James Island Pride. Council also appointed Mary Beth Berry, Anna Mae Fludd, and Katherine Williams to James Island Pride. Their terms will run to September 2016.
Council voted to revise the rules for Citizen Committees. The purpose of James Island Pride was expanded to include increase awareness of history and culture. Also, projects, events and new committees proposed by Citizen's Committees will be presented to Town Council for approval.
Council voted to accept Jeffery and Lemontree Roads into the Town's maintenance system, and also to accept the remainder of Ben Road.
Council voted to amended the Town's Traffic Calming Policy. The procedure for lowering the speed limit or putting in traffic control devices, such as speed humps, was clarified. The standards were changed to be more consistent with those of other area municipalities. The rule for traffic control devices is average speeds greater than the speed limit or else 5 m.p.h. over the speed limit for the 85th percentile.
Council passed the second and final reading for the rezoning of the Dills Bluff Preserve to Planned Development. The thirty home development will be going forward.
Council passed the first reading of a budget revision. The Town forecasts $130,000 in additional revenue. The proposal includes spending an additional $55,000 for the Island Sheriff's Patrol, increasing hours from an equivalent of 2 to 3 full time officers. The proposal includes $30,000 for grounds maintenance. That is for the Town's park as well as right of way beautification and maintenance. It includes adding $15,000 to the recreation budget to contribute to the refurbishment of James Island Charter High School's baseball field. The proposal includes $30,000 for a home refurbishment program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Second and final reading of the budget revision is scheduled for the October meeting