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Town Council Meeting on March 19  

The Town of  James Island will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 19th. Please click the link below for the agenda items to be discussed.  Agenda



Posted by Frances Friday, March 13, 2015 4:25:00 PM

Town Purchase of Pinckney Park Delayed 

The Town's purchase of Pinckney Park is delayed for six to nine months.   A relative of the Harris family has filed an appeal.  The parcels the Town is purchasing is part of the same property that has already been adjudicated by the South Carolina Supreme Court.   I am confident that the Harris' will prevail, but we can only close when the title is clear.

Posted by Bill Monday, March 9, 2015 7:58:00 PM

Traffic Alert: Nighttime Lane Closures for the Harbor View Road Improvement Project 

News Release                                 March 9, 2015

                                                                                                   Release Number: 3882

Shawn Smetana, Public Information Officer
Phone: (843) 958-4007 / Fax: (843) 958-4004

Project website:

Traffic Alert: Nighttime Lane Closures for the Harbor View Road Improvements Project

Charleston County Government announces nighttime lane closures will continue on Harbor View Road thru March 21.  Crews will be working on Harbor View Road between Fort Sumter Drive and Lawton Place for the Harbor View Road Improvements project. All work is weather permitting.



March 8 – March 21:


  • Nighttime lane closures will occur on Harbor View Road between Fort Sumter Drive and Lawton Place.
  • The work will occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights and between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. Friday through Saturday nights.
  • Flagmen will be on site to control traffic. 
  • At no time will the entire roadway be blocked to traffic.
  • Drivers will have access to businesses and residential properties along Harbor View Road at all times.
  • At least one lane will remain open to traffic under flagging operations.
  • Drivers traveling through the project’s construction zone are asked to be aware of equipment and crews working in the area at all times.


The purpose of the Harbor View Road Improvements project is to improve traffic flow and safety on Harbor View Road and to provide adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The scheduled completion of the project is expected in Fall 2016.


The project will include the addition of a center two-way left turn lane between North Shore Drive and Affirmation Boulevard, the addition of right turn lanes at major intersections, the addition of traffic signals at Fort Sumter Drive and Mikell Drive, the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Harbor View Road and Fort Johnson Road and the addition of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.


Visit the official website at for public meeting notices and up-to-date news and information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax road projects. Anyone with questions about the project can call Charleston County’s Transportation Development Department at (843) 202-6140.


For information on Charleston County Government news and services, the public can:


Prepared by Shawn Smetana -

Posted by Robin Sanders Monday, March 9, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Early Public Notice of Proposed Project located in 100-Year Floodplain 


Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain


To: All interested Federal, State and Local Agencies including all Groups and Individuals


This is to give notice that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Part 50 or Charleston County under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under Home Investment Partnerships Program and [HUD Grant M-11-UC-45-0204 thru M-14-UC-45-0204] is located in the 100-year floodplain, and Charleston County will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD Regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management.


The project will consist of the construction of two 3-bedroom/2-bath units located on .09 and .10 acre lots. Each unit will be approximately 1,600 square feet heated space with wood framed structure over enclosed crawl space foundation and fiber cement board and/or vinyl siding above required floodplain level. Each unit is a rental project to create affordable housing for Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) households. Properties are currently vacant with no pre-existing buildings. The homes will be built to all federal, state and local building code specification. The project area is located in a pre-developed area with infrastructure, drainage, fire hydrants, water, sewer and paving. The proposed projects are located at 1910 and 1912 Norwood Street in Chicora Place Subdivision in North Charleston.


There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains or near wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.


Written comments must be received by Charleston County Community Development at the following address on or before March 17, 2015: Charleston County Community Development, 4045 Bridge View Drive, Suite C-216, North Charleston, SC 29405, Attention: Johnna C. Murray, Director. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri.) at the same address. For more information call (843) 202-6960 or visit Comments may also be submitted via email to



Date: February 26, 2015

Posted by Robin Sanders Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:49:00 AM

Town Council Meeting Review 

Town Council met on February 19th.

Council received an update on the plans for a new James Island Library.   The location is still up in the air.   On the property of Fort Johnson Middle School is a possibility.    Charleston County Schools plans to build a new middle school on the property--James Island Middle and Fort Johnson Middle will be merged.   This new school will be on the back of the property, behind the existing school.   The new library might be put near the front.   James Baxter Elementary, on South Grimball Drive, which has long been closed, is another possible location.

The public hearing on the zoning amendment regarding a cell tower on the youth soccer club's field on Fort Johnson Rd. was postponed   However, many residents from Lighthouse Point came out to speak against the proposed cell tower.

Council approved funding a conceptual plan by STANTEC for a sidewalk on Camp Road from Mellichamp Road to Riverland Drive and on to James Island County Park.  STANTEC has already developed a conceptual plan for Camp Road from Fort Johnson to Mellichamp Road.   Here is a link to that plan.   The Town proposed a TST grant with a small Town match to find construction of Phase I along Camp road from Fort Johnson to Dills Bluff.   Charleston County is currently completing construction drawings and will be constructing that section of sidewalk and  continuing on down Dills Bluff from Camp to Fort Johnson.    The Town asked STANTEC to do construction drawings for Phase II on Camp Road from where the sidewalk ends across from Town Hall to Secessionville Road.   Here are the preliminary plans.    The Town has requested a TST match to $80,000 of Town funds for Phase II construction of this segment of the sidewalk.  

Council recognized Deputy Shelton as Island Sheriff Patrol Officer of the year.

James Island Pride gave out the Community Hero award.   The winner was J. Eric Stewart.

Council took up the resolution regarding representation on the CARTA board that had been postponed at the last meeting.   Council voted unanimously to substitute a slightly different resolution, but postponed consideration until the March meeting.  Councilman Stokes reported that he was meeting with some CARTA Board members to discuss the matter soon.

Council approved a County-Municipal Agreement for the Jerdone-Stiles sidewalk project.   Construction should start in the Spring.   The Fort Johnson sidewalk project from Harborview Road to Jerdone has been completed.    The sidewalk is currently being constructed from Lighthouse Boulevard to Mikell Drive.

Council approved the formation of a Historical Committee of Council and a James Island Historical Commission.   The membership of the Historical Committee of Council is the Mayor and Council.   I hope we can choose a chair at the March meeting.   This Historical Commission will be made up of  citizens with special interest in James Island history.   Hopefully, Council can appoint some members of the Historical Commission at the March meeting.

Council approved a resolution making the last Saturday in February "James Island Arts Day."  

Council approved the second and final reading of an amendment to the Zoning and Land Development Ordinance changing the uses allowed in Office Residential to make them more consistent with RSL (single family residential.)

Council approved on first reading an ordinance amending the Town's purchasing policy to cover purchases during a declaration of emergency.   The revision was recommended by Scott Cave, the consultant the Town hired to help us review and revise our emergency plan. The proposed emergency purchasing policy is similar to that of the Town of Kiawah Island.    Mr. Cave worked with the Town of Kiawah Island on their emergency plan.

Council approved on first reading an ordinance defining the powers of the Mayor during a declared emergency.  The ordinance also describes the procedure for determining succession to the Mayor during an emergency.   Again, this is being done as part of the Town's review of our emergency plan.   The Town's ordinance closely follows that of the Town of Kiawah Island, but is very similar to that of other municipalities in South Carolina.

Posted by Bill Saturday, February 21, 2015 7:22:00 PM
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