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Notes from September Town Council

childhood cancer month proclamatoin

Mayor Will Haynie proclaims September to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Missed last week’s town council? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here are some highlights from September's town council:

Special Recognitions

Gary Ponders, a transportation staff engineer, was recognized for 25 years of service with the Town of Mount Pleasant. “Gary’s steadfast approach to work and mentorship inspires and teaches our next generation of employees the true meaning of public service,” said Brad Morrison, the director of engineering and development services.

The Settlement Community Task Force was awarded the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association Award. The task force will accept the award at the SCAPA conference in November.

Not one, but two proclamations

Mayor Will Haynie announced that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The month recognizes the courage and compassion of those children and their families throughout South Carolina and the nation who have battled or are currently battling cancer. “We know many people, some in this room whose families have been touched by that. So we want to do everything we can to raise awareness,” Haynie said.

The mayor also proclaimed that the week of Sept. 18 to Sept. 24 is Business Appreciation Week. Joined by Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce President Michael Cochran and Director Rebecca Imholz, Town Administrator Eric DeMoura read the full proclamation on behalf of the Mayor. “The Town of Mount Pleasant supports the entrepreneurial spirit by being a community that not only welcomes new businesses but supports them by providing resources and offering assistance throughout the startup process,” DeMoura read.

Short Term Rental vote deferred

Council voted 7-1 to defer the amended short-term rental ordinance back to the Planning Committee. Councilman John Iacofano recused himself from the vote, citing a conflict of interest. Proposed amendments include annual application fee requirements for full-time and part-time permit holders, off-street parking standards and civil penalties for illegal operations. Currently, a rental permit cannot be transferred between parties and the permit holder cannot sell the permit along with their property. Councilmembers Jake Rambo and Brenda Corley discussed adding an amendment that allows for permits to be passed down via inheritance. The ordinance will appear at Planning Committee next month, where it will be discussed further and updated amendments will be recommended.