October 13, 2021
Updates from October Town Council Meeting
The following is a summary of announcements from the October 12, 2021, Town Council meeting. Watch the meeting here.
Special Funding Investment MUSC Emergency Center Facility
Town Council approved a philanthropic investment proposal of $1M distributed over five years for the new MUSC Sea Islands Emergency Center facility. The primary funding source will be the $880,000 the Town will receive through the American Rescue Plan and the remainder from the General Fund. The investment comes with a naming opportunity that Council selected as the Town of Kiawah Island Garden. The garden will be a high-traffic area that provides outdoor respite space and seating for visitors and family members. MUSC will collaborate with the Town on the garden’s design, providing an opportunity to include local tastes, aesthetics, and cultural references.
Town Council approved the second and final reading of the following Ordinance changes:
- Text amendments to Ordinance 2021-11 Building and Building Codes, clarifying the definition of design professionals to architects and engineers licensed by the state.
- Amendments to Ordinance 2021-12 Burning of Combustible Materials, prohibiting the use of electric gills on balconies of multifamily structures. This change is based on recent data proving electric grills release grease-laden vapors that adhere to exterior walls and ceilings, producing a fire hazard. As a result, charcoal, propane, portable electric, and natural gas outdoor cooking devices will be strictly prohibited in multifamily buildings.
Appointments & Reappointments
Town Council appointed new members Kimberly Adele and Dylan Keith to the Arts and Cultural Events Council.
Town Council recommended to Charleston County Council the reappointment of Stephan Rolando to the St. Johns Fire District Commission.
Town Council discussed potential amendments to Ordinance 2021-10 regarding prohibited noise. No action was taken. Town Council reviewed the Town’s Wildlife office expansion plans drafted by Architect firm LS3P and approved staff requests to solicit construction bids. The expansion will convert one of the existing garage bays into a conditioned space that will hold two offices and covert the car wash area into outdoor secured storage.
Executive SessionTown Council entered an Executive Session concerning personnel and contractual matters related to the annual review of the Town Administrator. Town Council exited Executive Session and authorized the Mayor to negotiate the Town Administrator’s contract.