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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

August 3, 2018

The summer of 2018 rainfall has broken records going back to 1957. While good for farming in some areas of the state, the rainfall has been a major headache for the lowcountry. Not only has our island paradise been flooded, but so is everywhere else up and down the low lying coastline. Drainage is the top topic for all coastal counties. The rain, coupled with high tides, have saturated the ground, the water has no where to go except sit there. Plus, the sad part, our island has so many homes on septic tanks which do not work with saturated yards. I am constantly asked, what is the city doing? Well, it’s not an easy answer, but we are doing a lot as we speak. Currently, the city is in the middle of it’s Phase II drainage project which is between 45th and 52nd Avenues. The expected completion of this project is in late September into October, of course, completion is weather related. In the meantime, the city has deployed pumps in some of the most needed locations. Also, late last year, the city increased it’s drainage cleaning program with Eadies from once a year to three times a year. Right now, we have a Request for Proposals for the design and engineering associated with the drainage outfalls between 41st and 21st Avenues. The deadline for the bids is September 5th. Long story short, based on what we, the city heard, at our first ever public forum at the beginning of the year, parking and drainage were at the top. We have passed improvements to our parking plan and are now waiting for the signs to be made in order to enforce. The other main issue was drainage. Our Planning Commission is working with the Water and Sewer Commission on a Memo of Understanding as for our sewage plant and trying to help those homes that are in dire need and what it would take to do the whole island in the future. While houses that are in such need, must be helped, our drainage problems need to be addressed first, and doing so will be expensive. Over in Mt. Pleasant, the drainage makeover for Snee Farm is over 7 million. We have a decades old drainage plan, but so much has changed as per homes having been taken down and rebuilt, ditches have been piped, some well, some not so well. Lots of impervious material has been put down for driveways, sidewalks and swimming pool surrounds. Having said all this, this is why I was so adamant in my election about our needs verses our wants. Yes, some wanted a new 5.5 million dollar marina, but, was that a need for our residents or a want by a very few and who did it benefit? Some wanted a new cardio workout room for our recreation center, again, a want verses our needs. We need a good drainage plan, however, it won’t solve the issue completely, but it would certainly help get the water off the roads and away from our houses more efficiently. We need to take care of our recently discovered deferred maintenance problems in some of our city properties. Hill Construction estimated we have 1.8 million in deferred maintenance. We need to be better prepared financially for emergencies. Your council sees what needs to be done and is working towards that. Please, if you have extreme drainage problems or other issues, go to http://www.iop.net and click on the city government tab, and then under council. You can send all members of council, including me, an email describing what you see needs to be addressed. If everyone were to start using pervious materials in future projects, that alone would help. Cleaning your ditch of limbs and clutter in the back yard would help. If we all think about the big picture, every baby step would help.
I thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor, and as I promised, I am accessible to anyone, most any time. My cell is 843-452-1200.

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IOP City Council Agenda for June 26, 2018

June 23, 2018

As always, thank you for letting me serve you as your mayor. If you ever want to set up a meeting to discuss anything with me, my cell is 843-452-1200. Also, on the ioptoday site, you can sign up for automatic email updates of city events and agendas on the top right corner of the homepage. Happy 4th of July and please be safe!!!

IOP Special Council Meeting followed by Ways and Means June 19, 2018

June 16, 2018

As always, thank you for allowing me to serve you as mayor, please feel free to contact me if you ever need to sit down and talk, I will always make myself available. Happy 4th!!!!

Please remember the Real Reason for Memorial Day!

May 27, 2018

While most people look at Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, in reality, it is a Federal Holiday in the United States to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, in protecting our country. The practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers is an ancient custom that started back before the American Civil War. With different traditions and dates, it was finally passed with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 which created a 3 day weekend. It moved from the traditional May 30th to the last Monday in May. So while it does kick off the beginning of summer with a long 3 day weekend, please stop and think about those who protected our country. Our flag is moved to half staff and then raised to full staff at noon for the remainder of the day. God bless those and their families who gave the ultimate for our great country.

IOP Public Hearing on Budget followed by May Council, starting at 5:45pm

May 19, 2018

As always, thank you for allowing me to be your mayor, and please know, if you want to meet with me anytime outside my once a month mayor’s hours, just call and we’ll set a time up. I want to be known as the most accessible mayor ever. My cell is 843-452-1200 and my email is jcarroll@iop.net

IOP Ways and Means Committee Meeting Agenda, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

Thank you for allowing me to be your mayor, please remember, my mayor’s office hours are 3-5 on the Thursday between Ways and Means and the the following council meeting. I am also available upon request, just ask.

IOP Council Agenda for April 24th, 2018

April 23, 2018