Note: some older items are left
Town Council Work Session 4-11-17 & Formal Session 4-13-17
The key items of interest were as follows:
1. Council unanimously approved Second Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-08 To Adopt the PUD Zoning Map of the Town of Edisto Beach as revised and amended: This revision amends the map to show Tract M subdivided into three parcels. Two of the parcels are being deeded to the Town in exchange for three lots currently owned by the Town on Jungle Road. The third Track M parcel will be retained by the Bank.
This change was made so that the Town has control of the retention pond utilized by the Town's waste water system.
2. Council unanimously approved Second Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-07 to Amend Section 82-33 of the Town's Code to Adjust the Rates for Water Service. Rates will increase 15% for the next six month billing cycle starting July 1, 2017.
Residential and Commercial
0-24,000 24,000 to 48,000 48,000 to 72,000 72,000 plusResidential $ 163.84 $1.83 $ 2.04 $ 2.28
Business/docks $ 163.84 $ 3.63 $ 4.08 $ 4.55
Outside town limits $ 327.70 $ 6.22 $ 6.99 $ 7.77
State park $ 673.72 $ 5.46 $ 5.46 $ 6.80
Water for irrigation $ 163.84 $ 3.63 $ 4.08 $4.55
3. Civic Center and Bay Creek Park rates and terms have been adjusted modestly. If you need more information, please contact Kelly Moore, Events Coordinator, at Town Hall.
4. Beach renourishment project is expected to be completed in April and the groin extension work to be completed in May. There is an area of concern on the south end around 30, 31 & 32 where there has been beach erosion. This area was not included in the current renourishment project. It is estimated that this can be corrected for approximately $270K but will require an additional permit. Also, there is no protective berm starting at 208 and ending at the 400 block according to Matthew Kizer. Coastal Engineering will need to look at this area.
5. Town Council approved the request by The Edisto Island Community Association to hold their annual "scratch and dent sale" in the Civic Center parking lot. No fee will be charged.
6. Council unanimously approved First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-09 to Establish a Procedure for Invocations prior to Town Council meetings. This was recommended by the Municipal Association with the intent of avoiding any suggestion of bias towards any faith or belief. It specificity lists the options available to providing an invocation on a volunteer basis for all Town sanctioned meetings, events and gatherings.
Three options are listed:
(a) One of Town Council members rotated among the members
(b) A Chaplin elected by the Town Council
(c) An invocation speaker selected objectively from local religious leaders
7. The new FEMA flood map development status was discussed. The preliminary version of the new maps was available for review in a meeting several months ago. These essential are the versions that will be approved near-term.
Critical dates are follows:
· May 17, 2017 - Final determination date
· November 17, 2017 - Effective date
The 6 months difference is a FEMA regulation requirement. New insurance policies can begin to be written against the new maps after November 17, 2017.
8. George Kostell of our Board was elected to the Planning Commission by the Town Council. This filled Wanda McCarley's unexpired term.
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!
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.
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!
Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:
Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail.
In Person - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.
By Mail - Follow these steps to vote absentee by mail. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.
Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:
Step 2: You've now printed your application online or received your application in the mail. You must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.
Step 3: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.
Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.
Deadline to request absentee ballot – June 21st
Early voting at the Walterboro office only to start around June 10th…call number below to make sure of date.
115-A Benson Street
P.O. Box 97
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: (843) 549-2842
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
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Our thanks to Mike & Nancy Salas who repainted our Scenic Byway sign.
Click here to visit the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway
SC allows a tax credit against income tax for primary residences. If your insurance premiums exceed
5% of your income you can claim the excess as a credit against SC income tax up to a maximum of $1,250.
To get the form click here and select form TC 44.
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