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From Representative Sanford's Office:
January 6, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford issued the following statement with regard to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) decision to deny all pending seismic testing permits in the Atlantic Ocean:
“This is important news for the coast of South Carolina, and an issue that my office has prioritized, particularly in light of local input. It’s a decision that speaks volumes to the importance of voicing one’s opinion, and residents along our coast should be proud of the way they sent a compelling message to Washington.
“Just this past June, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and I led a letter to the president requesting a halt to the permitting process for potential seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. We pointed out that it makes little sense to conduct seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, when the Atlantic Ocean has been excluded as a possible site for offshore drilling for the next five years.
“Today is a big win for our coastal communities. Accordingly, I thank the decision-makers at BOEM.”
The Edisto Beach Renourishment and Groin Lengthening Project in Layman's Terms:
Currently there is an agreement in place between the Town of Edisto Beach and Marinex Construction, Inc. to dredge by ocean-certified cutterhead suction dredge 956,000 cubic yards onto 19,300 linear feet of Edisto Beach in four reaches and the Edisto Beach State Park. Sand is to be dredged from the designated offshore borrow area situated approximately one mile off the south end of the project. The borrow area encompasses approximately 175 acres and the maximum volume available in borrow areas is ~2.2 million cubic yards. The work shall be conducted outside of turtle nesting season, i.e. no work from May 1 – October 31. The cost of construction will be $11,698,780.00.
Currently there is an agreement between the Town of Edisto Beach and Crowder Construction Company to extend twenty-six groins within the town limits of Edisto Beach. Thirteen groins (groins 1 – 11, 13 and 14) will be lengthened by sheet piles, and thirteen groins (groins 12, 15 to 18, 20 and 27) will be lengthened by grouted armor stone. The sheet piling will be made of composite fiberglass. The project includes placement of approximately 9,450 tons of SCDOC Type F granite armor stone and approximately 38,000 square feet of 1-foot thick marine mattress for groin extension and toe protection including excavation and backfill as necessary for placement of the material. The project also includes grouting the armor stone connection between the existing groins and the new extended sheet pile groin sections. Approximately 345 cubic yards of grout is needed to complete the work. The cost of construction will be $5,324,000.
Beach Renourishment/Groin Lengthening Information
The long-awaited beach nourishment and groin lengthening project has begun! Please have patience as this project progresses. We realize people will be inconvenienced for a brief period of time in work zone areas. As sand is pumped from offshore, heavy equipment is necessary to move the sand. The contractors will be working 24 hours a day. There will be lights from the equipment on the beach at night and the heavy equipment has back-up alarms that cannot be turned off, as this is an OSHA requirement. The contractors will start around Beach Access 5 and will work toward the north so that the Town can nourish areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Matthew. This will allow property owners to begin rebuilding. Visitors and residents should avoid work zone areas because of the hazards from heavy equipment. Please contact Iris Hill, Town Administrator at 843-869-2505 x 211 with any questions. Equipment operators will not be able to answer your questions or adjust the volume on the back-up alarms. Construction is set to be completed by May 2017.
Town Council Meetings Dec. 6 & 8
The primary focus was to identify and thank the many individuals, organizations, etc. who performed so admirably during our storm recovery efforts. This was done as follows:
· Presentation to Mayor Darby by Iris Hill, the Town Administrator, for her leadership of the Town's efforts.
· Resolution No. 2016-R30 thanking the men & women of the SC State Guard for the outstanding protection of our property & safety they provided for us. Byron Briese was recognized for his leadership of this group.
· Resolution No. 2016-R31 thanking the men & women of the SC National Guard for their outstanding protection of our property & safety they provided for us. Lt. Col. Hyman & Major Call were presented with the resolution.
· Resolution recognizing the Town's employees and the Town's leadership during the recovery requested by the Tide Committee will be presented at the January Town Council meeting.
· Other notable contributions by individuals & groups were rewarded with Starfish awards. These included Dave & Julia Harper (cleaning bike path on Jungle Road), lagoon cleaning volunteers which included Edisto Beach Fire Chief Denny Conley, Wally & Melody Anderson, Grant & Sonya Goodman, Bob Livingston, Chip Stevenson, Vaughn & Martha Carroll and Bob & Stephanie Renner (this team cleared the lagoons of mattresses, appliances, sofas, etc.), Slade Evans & Billy Callahan (helping Mickey & Cheryl Van Metre get their cat from under the bed during evacuation), Edisto Beach Fire Chief (facilitating the Van Metre's return to their home), Bob Doub (assistance to Walton Salley due to water main failure)
2.) Council passed second reading of Ordinance NO. 2016-26, which enacted Section 26-59 permitting debris removal from private roads in Ocean Ridge.
3.) Report on the Fiscal Year Audit for the year ending June 30, 2016 was presented by Auditor Eve McCoy to Council. Bottom-line, she stated the result was a unqualified or clean audit.
Thank you for your support!
Town of Edisto beach Water & Sewer Committee Mtg. Dec. 16,2016
1.0 Restoration of Sewage Disposal on Front Beach
Twenty-five residences either lost or had seriously damaged septic tanks on the north end of the beach. Many of these as well as other areas cannot accommodate a new septic tank installation until the current beach renournishment, now being initiated, is completed.
The possibility of extended sewer service was also discussed as an alternative to new individual septic tanks. This option, however, does not appear plausible for the following reasons:
· Extension of sewer service on the north end would cost an estimated $1M
· The sewer line would have to be run down the center of Palmetto Blvd. and would require SCDOT concurrence
· The Town's sewer plant would have to be expanded
· OCRM grants could be expected to cover up to $500K of the $1M sewer line extension cost but would not cover the related costs which include engineering, permitting, etc.
· Most important, satisfying the above requirements would delay restoration of sewer service beyond the next spring and summer rental season
The Water & Sewer Committee concluded the discussion by agreeing no further action is needed or recommended.
2.0 Restoration of Full Compliment of Wells
Currently only three wells and the elevated water storage tank are operable. The following are not operable and must be either restored or replaced:
· No. 3 well at the Lions Club
· No. 4 and 5 wells at the State Park well field
· Ground water storage tank
· Two booster pumps at the well field
It was reported on 12-8-16 in Town Council meeting that No. 5 well was repaired and the ground water storage tank would be filled beginning 12-9-16. However, the two integral booster pumps will require replacement at an estimated cost of $90K to $185K. The Committee unanimously approved for submittal to Town Council a motion to hire Thomas & Hutton to prepare a bid package to replace these pumps. Note that the current booster pumps are single case which means any problems with the motor or pump require the entire units removal for repair. Because of its ease to repair either the pump or motor separately, a split case pump is preferred and recommended by the Utility Dept.
Approximately $44K in additional costs were required to deal with the storm.
3.0 Water System Upgrade Revenue Bonds
First reading on the Revenue Bond was approved by Town Council on 10-21-16. Second reading is scheduled on the January 2017 Town Council agenda. In a related matter, Town Advisor, John Cantey, recommends that we should issue insured bonds because of rising interest rates and we must make them as attractive as possible. Insured bonds guarantee payment as well as other security protection. The Committee voted unamiously to recommend Town Council proceed with insured bonds.
A new well is included in the scope of the water system upgrade which Town Council has authorized proceeding with a new well on Town owned property zoned for public use near Town Hall.
Wharton Smith has submitted a change order for the new well at a cost from reserves at $1.3M. Because of potential risk of negatively impacting bond rating, the Committee recommended that reserves not be used until new bond rating is done for Revenue Bond.
Thank you for your support!
Edisto Beach Seeks Your Help in Our Recovery
The Town is open for business after Hurricane Matthew. As we recover, please consider visiting us to help our businesses recover also. Our rental owners, restaurants, and businesses struggle during the winter months and the impacts of Matthew have made things even more difficult. Please consider coming to visit for a weekend or day and support our businesses.
Your Board, in a November meeting, unamiously approved the preparation and issuance of a letter thanking the Town Council as well as all the other participating organizations and personnel for their exemplary performance in dealing with the storm's aftermath on Edisto Beach.
It has been distributed to Town Council and members of the staff and other supporting organizations.
Please advise if you have questions or comments.
Thank you for your support.
The Town is in the process of finalizing the award of the beach nourishment and groin lengthening projects. These projects are tentatively scheduled to begin the second week in December and construction will begin on the north end of the beach. Crowder Construction will be performing the groin lengthening and Marinex will be performing the beach nourishment. The Town has been notified by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department that they were awarded $6.8 million dollars towards this project.
SC Dept. Labor Issues Scam Alert for Property Repairs
The Town of Edisto Beach and MEDUCARE have partnered for the benefit of you, our town property owners. Property owners transported from Colleton or Charleston Counties by MEDUCARE, or any AirMedCare Network Provider, who are insured at the time of transport, will only be billed the Medicare Allowable Rate. You will not be billed for the balance which could be upwards of $10,000. For property owners who are insured, MEDUCARE will only bill your insurance company and not bill you for the balance. Those who are uninsured will be billed the Medicare allowable rate. MEDUCARE has been sending out information about upgrades. There is no requirement to upgrade unless you decide you need to.
Town of Edisto Beach Receives Recognition
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The Edisto …. Our Threatened River?
The Edisto River is one of South Carolina’s most popular rivers for paddling, fishing, and outdoor fun. It’s also the state’s most heavily used river for irrigation, and excessive agricultural water withdrawals are threatening wildlife, recreation, and the water supplies of other uses.
While the state’s permitting process requires industrial and municipal water users to meet requirements to safeguard river health and clean water, large agribusinesses do not. Legislation is desperately needed to end this unfair exemption so that the Edisto, and all of the state’s rivers, can continue to provide sustainable water supplies for all, while supporting river health and recreation.
The longest free flowing blackwater river in the US, the Edisto winds from spring-fed headwaters in the Sandhills of central SC, through the heart of floodplain forests in the Coastal Plain, to the rich estuary of the Ashepoo/Combahee/Edisto (ACE) Basin. It is an intimate river along most of its length – a place where paddlers enjoy solitude and close-up views of diverse plants and wildlife. No dams block the Edisto’s flow; migratory fish are free to run its entire 250 mile length, from ocean to headwaters.
In the heart of the ACE Basin, freshwater arteries sustain one of the most acclaimed natural areas found on the East Coast, where more than 130,000 acres of land have been protected through public/private partnerships. While the river’s character changes along its path, there is one constant – the tannin-stained Edisto waters – the lifeblood of this unique region.
This year’s listing of the Edisto River follows South Fork of the Edisto’s appearance in the 2014 America’s Most Endangered Rivers report. Excessive agricultural water withdrawals continue to be a major threat to the Edisto and other rivers across the state. While municipal and industrial water users are required to get withdrawal permits, SC’s surface water law does not require permits for agricultural water users – this means that the state cannot regulate water use during drought periods to protect the river, water quality, small farmers, and downstream users.
When the South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use, and Reporting Act was passed in 2010, the agricultural exemption from state permitting was a victory for industrial-scale – not traditional – farms in SC. At the time, lawmakers were led to believe that the relaxed measures would help traditional SC farmers. No one envisioned the agricultural exemption from permitting would be exploited by industrial-scale, out-of-state agribusinesses that would use enough water to supply a medium-sized city. However, that’s what is happening, increasing uncertainty for downstream water users, and putting the Edisto and other rivers at increased risk.
This year, a bipartisan group of cosponsors introduced H.3564 in the SC Legislature – a bill that would have ended the exemption of large agricultural water withdrawals from permitting. The bill would have protected SC farmers by allowing existing agricultural registrations to remain in effect, and it would have required new industrial-scale agricultural water users to receive withdrawal permits like all other users.
We urge you to tell our legislators to amend the state’s surface water law to make it fair for all water users and to protect the health and integrity of the state’s rivers for future generations including our Edisto.
Thank you for your support!
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