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IOP Special Budgeting Workshop @4, followed by Ways and Means Committee Meeting May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019


As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor. I love what I am doing for our island, however, this past year has been a daunting task, it is not a job for the feeble, nor is it really a part time job. I spend half my days working my regular job and half my day for the city. Whoever follows me, I hope they put into it, their heart and willingness to give up a lot of time. When I ran, I stressed that we needed to be fiscally responsible, to be prepared for when a storm hits and not if, and that we need to take care of our needs as opposed to our wants. As one council member once suggested, that we are flush with money, well, we are not. The city is faced with several large dollar projects which our Ways and Means Committee is diligently working on. My top priority was drainage and remains such, however, we have several other projects sharing the top “must do” list. Right now, we have Thomas and Hutton working on 3 drainage outfalls for 41st Ave, 36th Ave, and 31st Ave. known as our Phase III project. The estimated costs of this phase is 3.9 million. The planning committee is looking at strategies to make our island more resilient. It is time for us to start using pervious sidewalks, driveways and pool surrounds. Last year, we increased expenses associated with maintaining our drainage ditches more frequently throughout the year. Also, SCDOT performed significant improvements earlier this year to assist in stormwater management within SCDOT right of way infrastructure and they are committed to return to the city every quarter to continue working on these priorities. The Public Safety Building on J. C. Long Blvd built in 2009 has serious construction deficiencies that need to be addressed now. We have had Trident Construction, who built Station 1 on 41st Ave. doing investigative work and testing to identify all the repairs needed. The actual work will likely not start until January 2020 and won’t be completed until the next fiscal year. We are trying to keep paying without borrowing. Another “must do” project are the marina docks which the city is contractually obligated to replace. The city is pursuing the permits now, which could take up to year to get for a project this large. This is yet another project that will cost millions. In the future, any leases the city considers will be triple net where the tenant is responsible for taxes, insurance, ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. It would be nice to have island wide sewer, but we can’t afford it at this time based on our needs mentioned above. This is the first summer where our new parking regulations where parallel parking is required on both sides of Palm Blvd from 22nd to 40th Ave. I recently visited other public beaches and saw first hand how great our plan is working as opposed to where we were several years ago. We still have tweaking to do, but beach parking is much better organized and we have successfully reduced the impact on our residential neighborhoods. This council, of which I am proud to serve with, understands this, and we are working as hard as we can to keep our costs down while taking care of city assets. Our goal is not to have a tax increase, but that day will be coming eventually.
I pay $5,500 for my home’s taxes, of which, less than $1,200 comes to the Isle of Palms. That means, I get police, fire, sanitation and recreation for less than $100 a month, a steal and far less than all of our neighboring communities. Hope to see y’all tonight.

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IOP Special Council Meeting followed by regular Council Meeting April 23, 2019, starting 5:30

April 22, 2019

As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your Mayor. Yes, it has been extremely challenging, however, this council has come through with flying colors. We are faced with drainage issues that will continue to get worse, we inherited a public safety building that has major construction defects, we had two key positions come open, yet, we are tackling everything. We have limited revenue streams for our projects, but have been prioritizing our challenges. We have to be thinking not for just the next year, but design for decades to come. We are looking positively into the future and know we are doing what is best for our residents. We appreciate the public’s attendance and comments at our council meetings over the past one and a half years, something we have not seen for years. Thank you. Jimmy

IOP City Council Meeting, Tuesday, March 26th, 6 pm

March 23, 2019

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your Mayor. Please feel free to call or email me with any concerns you may have, my cell is 843-452-1200 and my email is jcarroll@iop.net

IOP Ways and Means Committee Meeting, March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

Thank you for allowing me to represent you, your council and I are working hard to keep our costs down while we face sea level rise problems, drainage issues, the major repairs of our Public Safety Building, not to mention, working towards protecting our valuable natural resources. Jimmy Carroll

Front Beach Fest, Saturday, 12pm to 4pm

March 6, 2019

IOP Special Council Meeting

March 5, 2019

IOP special council meeting on job search 2019

Thank you as always for allowing me to serve as your mayor. Today’s meeting will be immediately going into executive session to be followed by Council possibly taking action on what we learn during Executive Session. Sorry for my posting this today, the day of the meeting, however, it was decided yesterday to meet, this was the first chance I have had to post.  Please always follow http://www.iop.net and or sign up for my postings at the top right corner of this page.

IOP City Council Agenda Feb 26, 2019, 6pm

February 23, 2019

As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor, to put it lightly, we have had a ton of challenges, but with the council we now have, we will overcome these challenges. We are working extremely hard to keep our expenses down especially due to limited income streams, to tackle the repairs needed at our public safety building, to maintain our other city properties, to be better prepared for storm events, to tackle the drainage issues and to remain competitive in retaining personnel. This summer will be the first summer with our new parallel parking plan, we are still finding flaws with implementing this, but like we did last year with our residents guest passes, we fixed that because of you, our residents, letting us know the problems. We hear what you say, and we try to improve. The public safety building contract to inspect the building defects is under way, once this is completed, we will know what we have to do and the estimated costs. Our flooding events are increasing, (See Post and Courier December 22, 2018, “2018 was the year our changing climate became impossible to ignore in South Carolina”). We have engineers evaluating our drainage lines and outflows to determine what we need to do and the costs involved. Finally, SCDOT is sending crews out for a week in March to work on some flooding hot spots. We all need to think resilience in the future. We need to put a moratorium on further lot subdivisions until we tackle our ongoing drainage problems. We need all new construction to use pervious driveways, sidewalks, and swimming pool surrounds. We need residents to keep ditches that abut their property clean. The same thing with abutting sidewalks, please cut back overgrown landscaping. We need to be proactive, not reactive. We are working hard to improve the quality of life for our residents. So, please bear with us, stay involved and think about the upcoming council election this November. Cheers!