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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

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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!

IOP Ways and Means Agenda, Feb. 19, 2019, 5 pm

February 17, 2019

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as your mayor, and we, me and your council, are doing our best to tackle the issue of having to repair our public safety building and tackling drainage as quickly as we can. We will not know the costs of these issues until we get firm prices on each. We are pursuing any and all avenues of our limited income streams. After all of our budget meetings, we will have a better grasp on this year’s budget and hoping not to have a tax increase in this year’s cycle. However, once we get the firm prices on the public safety building repairs and the cost of improving our drainage, we may have to have a tax increase in future budgets cycles. Believe me, this is the last thing we want to do. I once heard someone say we should give everyone a $1,000 rebate when in reality, we have been walking a tightrope on our financials for years using tourism funds for a balanced budget while not taking care of city assets nor being better prepared for events such as hurricanes. Your council now sees this and is working towards being better prepared. Simple things you, our residents can do, is to make sure your ditches are clear in your yard, and if building or remodeling your home, consider using pervious materials for driveways, sidewalks and swimming pool surrounds, these are all forms of being resilient. Flooding is only going to get worse. Let’s be the community on the cutting edge by becoming more resilient. Thank you.

IOP City Council Agenda, January 22, 1019, 6 PM

January 21, 2019

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. I thank you for allowing me to serve you as Mayor, and along with your council, we are all working to make our city government transparent. Transparency can sometimes hurt, we have several challenges that we need to address. We all knew drainage was an issue that was growing worse by the year and something that we had to tackle, but we are also faced with investigating the amount of repairs needed at our Public Safety Building on J.C.Long Blvd. which we will be voting on tonight. Mind you, this is just an exploratory investigation, not the repairs. Once we know what the drainage improvements will cost along with the cost of the public safety building repairs, we will then be looking at ways to pay for these costs. Your elected officials are committed to doing the best we can while keeping our costs down for you, our residents.