Groundbreaking for Ben Road 

On Thursday, May 14th, The Town of James Island hosted a Groundbreaking ceremony for Ben Road. The Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax Program, with matching funds provided by the Town of James Island, is improving Ben Road with a pervious asphalt pavement surface. Construction begins on Monday, May 18th.

 

Posted by Ashley Thursday, May 14, 2015 3:39:00 PM

First Reading on JIPSD Budget Tuesday, May 12 at 7 

The JIPSD Budget is up for first reading at the Commission Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 at Signal Point Road.

The current draft includes a property tax increase from 51.1 mills to 53.1 mills.   That is a 3.9% increase.

The draft budget includes pay increases for all JIPSD employees averaging 7.5%.   

The budget document forecasts property tax increases to 64.1 millls in 2020, a 25% increase over 5 years.

The possible sale of a portion of the Dills Bluff Property is on the agenda as well.   The Town has expressed interest in buying up to 2 acres of the property for a new Town Hall.   It is also a potential site for the new Charleston County library on James Island if the Commissioners are willing to sell.

The agenda for the meeting his here.

The JIPSD budget is voted upon by the JIPSD Commissioners.

Bill Woolsey, Mayor

 

 

Posted by Bill Monday, May 11, 2015 7:17:00 AM

Tropical Storm Watch Ends Saturday Night 

The tropical storm watch for coastal Charleston County ended Saturday night.

Be prepared for next time!

Posted by Bill Sunday, May 10, 2015 9:57:00 AM

CERT Hurricane Expo Cancelled for Saturday 

Due to Subtropical Storm Ana, we have decided to CANCEL the Hurricane Expo for Saturday, 9 May at Lowes.  We will have Emergency Preparedness events for the public in the coming weeks and months and everyone will be informed.  Please use this ironic turn of events to check your personal preparations, check your evacuation plan, GO kits and emergency supplies.

This is why I tell everyone to:

BE PREPARED!

 

Posted by Bill Friday, May 8, 2015 9:46:00 AM

Tropical Storm Watch--Ana 

.SUBTROPICAL STORM ANA NEARLY STATIONARY OFF THE SO. CAROLINA
COAST.

NEW INFORMATION
---------------

* CHANGES TO WATCHES & WARNINGS:
   - NONE

* CURRENT WATCHES & WARNINGS:
   - A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR INLAND
     BERKELEY.CHARLESTON & TIDAL BERKELEY

* STORM INFORMATION:
   - ABOUT 150 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF CHARLESTON SC OR ABOUT 180
     MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF BEAUFORT SC
   - 31.6N 77.8W
   - STORM INTENSITY 45 MPH
   - MOVING NORTH-NORTHWEST OR 330 DEGREES AT 1 MPH

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------

SUBTROPICAL STORM ANA WILL MOVE GRADUALLY NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE
NORTHERN PORTION OF THE SO. CAROLINA COAST ON FRI & SATURDAY
BEFORE WEAKENING TO A DEPRESSION AS IT MAKES LANDFALL ON SUNDAY.

THE MAIN IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST OF
CHARLESTON COUNTY.WHERE HIGH SURF.BEACH EROSION.& DANGEROUS
RIP CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED.& ACROSS ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS WHERE
HAZARDOUS SEAS & WINDS ARE EXPECTED. BREAKING WAVES OF 4 TO 6 FEET
WILL OCCUR ALONG THE CHARLESTON COUNTY BEACHES & WILL RESULT IN
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE. POCKETS OF BEACH EROSION ARE
ALSO LIKELY TO OCCUR.ESPECIALLY ALONG EAST & NE FACING
BEACHES. MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE AT THE TIMES OF
HIGH TIDE LATE FRI & SAT EVENINGS IN CHARLESTON AND
BERKELEY COUNTIES.BUT SIGNIFICANT FLOODING OF STRUCTURES ALONG THE
COAST OR THE INLAND WATERWAYS IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

THE RISK FOR LONG-DURATION TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS WILL GENERALLY
REMAIN CONFINED TO THE COASTAL WATERS OF CHARLESTON COUNTY. THE RISK
FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS OVER LAND WILL MAINLY OCCUR FRIDAY
AND SAT AFTERNOONS AS THE CENTER OF ANA GETS CLOSER TO THE
COAST. WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE ARE CAPABLE OF DOWNING A FEW TREES
AND POWERLINES. SOME POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

FOR THE COASTLINE SO. OF EDISTO BEACH TO THE MOUTH OF THE ALTAMAHA
RIVER IN GA.THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE A HIGH RISK OF RIP
CURRENTS THROUGH FRIDAY.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* COASTAL HAZARDS:
HIGH SURF, BEACH EROSION & DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE CHARLESTON COUNTY COAST. BREAKING WAVES OF 4 TO
6 FEET WILL OCCUR ALONG THE CHARLESTON COUNTY BEACHES & WILL
RESULT IN DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE. POCKETS OF BEACH
EROSION ARE ALSO LIKELY TO OCCUR.ESPECIALLY ALONG EAST AND
NORTHEAST FACING BEACHES. DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ARE ALSO EXPECTED
FROM SO. OF EDISTO BEACH TO THE MOUTH OF THE ALTAMAHA RIVER.

* WIND:
PREPARE FOR HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS
CHARLESTON & BERKELEY COUNTIES. POTENTIAL IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE:
   - MINOR DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS & SHEDS.
     UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT.
   - SOME TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES SNAPPED OR
     UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE
     SHALLOW ROOTED. SOME FENCES & ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER.
   - HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ON BRIDGES & OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS.
   - SCATTERED POWER & COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES.

ELSEWHERE ACROSS SE SO. CAROLINA & SE GA,
LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED.

* FLOODING RAIN:
LITTLE TO NO IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME
ACROSS SE SO. CAROLINA & SE GA.

* SURGE:
PREPARE FOR SHALLOW SALT WATER FLOODING AROUND THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE HAVING
POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS CHARLESTON & TIDAL BERKELEY COUNTIES. POTENTIAL
IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE:
   - LOCALIZED INUNDATION WITH STORM SURGE FLOODING MAINLY ALONG
     IMMEDIATE SHORELINES & IN LOW-LYING SPOTS.
   - SECTIONS OF NEAR-SHORE ROADS & PARKING LOTS BECOME OVERSPREAD
     WITH SURGE WATER. DRIVING CONDITIONS HAZARDOUS IN PLACES WHERE
     SURGE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.

ELSEWHERE ACROSS SE SO. CAROLINA & SE GA,
LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
NOW IS THE TIME TO CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN & TAKE NECESSARY
ACTIONS TO SECURE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. DELIBERATE EFFORTS SHOULD BE
UNDERWAY TO PROTECT LIFE & PROPERTY. ENSURE THAT YOUR EMERGENCY
SUPPLIES KIT IS STOCKED & READY.

IF YOU LIVE IN A PLACE THAT IS PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO HIGH WIND,
SUCH AS A BOAT, PLAN TO MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER.

WHEN SECURING YOUR PROPERTY, OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE.

CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR
OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE
FORECAST.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV
- FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG
- FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG

 

Posted by Bill Friday, May 8, 2015 6:55:00 AM
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