February 03, 2021
Updates from Town Council’s February meeting
The following are announcements from Town Council’s February 2, 2021 meeting.
Town Council viewed the Kiawah Conservancy 2030 Strategic Plan: “A Call to Conservation” presentation.
Main Road Corridor Update
Town Council received an update from Charleston County on the Main Road Corridor Project Segments A, B, and C. County officials reviewed the five alternatives for consideration and discussed the timeline for the project implementation. View this part of the meeting here
Contracts and Purchases
Town Council approved the following contracts, contract amendments, and purchases:
- A contract agreement for Town Attorney services with Adam Young of Young & Young to act as the Town’s prosecutor in municipal court matters regarding bench and jury trials in the amount of $150 per hour. This change is to supplement the Town’s legal team in criminal law procedures as needed.
- A three-year contract (2021-2023) with Coastal Science and Engineering (CSE) to perform beach monitoring and post-project environmental monitoring services in the amount of $113,970.00.
- A contract amendment with Island Beach Services (dba Barrier Island Ocean Rescue) to enter into the second one-year extension of their contract for Beach Patrol services and amend the contract to defer the responsibility of purchasing the required Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) currently held by the Town.
- A franchise agreement amendment with Watersports Unlimited LLC (dba Tidal Trails) to enter into the second one-year extension of their contract to provide surfboards and kayaks rentals.
- Purchase of an air purification system for the Municipal Center that will remove all airborne contaminants and viruses, including COVID-19, in the amount of 16,744.00 (refundable by the CARES Act).
- Purchase of twelve (12) public safety radios for Town staff and Beach Patrol in the amount of approx. $66,491.68 (inclusive of unit price, batteries, lapel adapters, charging stations, programming fees, and taxes).
Changes to Planning and Zoning Ordinance
Town Council held a public hearing and approved the first reading of Ordinance 2021-01 to amend the Town’s Municipal Code Chapter 12-Land Use Planning and Zoning-Article 4 -Section 12-374 -Definitions establishing a new term, Base Building Height Elevation (BBHE), and revise the definition of the existing term Building Height. More
Restrictions regarding COVID-19
Town Council passed Emergency Ordinance 2021- 02, extending existing requirements, including face coverings and other emergency restrictions, to address COVID-19 until March 2, 2021. Violators of any provision will be subject to a fine of up to $100 plus required statutory assessments.
In addition, Town Council passed the first reading of Ordinance 2021-03, which establishes emergency restrictions that shall remain in place until December 31, 2021, or until the Governor allows the current State of Emergency to expire, whichever date comes first.
The second reading and final adoption of Ordinance 2021-03 will occur at the March 2 Town Council meeting. Upon adoption, Ordinance 2021-03 will replace the existing Emergency Ordinance 2021- 02. The new Ordinance is available in its entirety here.
Modified Charitable Grant Programming
Town Council approved a modified program request from Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding to use charitable grant funding for a virtual public-school program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Committee Reappointments & Appointments
Town Council reappointed members of the Planning Commission with the addition of two new appointments Madeleine Kaye and Gaye Stathis. They also reappointed members of the Board of Zoning Appeals with the addition of two new appointments Russell A. Berner and Laurence (Larry) Rosenfeld.
Amendments to Flood Ordinance
Town Council approved Emergency Ordinance 2021-05 and approved the first reading of Ordinance 2021-04 to amend Article 14 of the Town’s Municipal Code regarding general regulations for flood hazard reduction adding definitions for Manufactured Homes, Manufactured Home Parks, and their prohibition in the Town’s geographical boundaries. This change will satisfy the FEMA requirements for Kiawah’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).