In a recent Government Relations Update, Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Will Haynie, discussed what they are working on, how the area fared during 2020 and answered great questions from participants.
Here are a few of the top highlights:
- Mount Pleasant has a weak Mayor form, the Mayor presides over Council and there is an Administrator that runs the town – They have a higher density per square mile in comparison to surrounding communities
- Overall, the town is fiscally well after COVID and did not cut any crucial services in 2020
- Here are a few of the major Public Works Projects that they are focused on getting in front of before they became a major issue:
- North area public service
- Connecting Long Point Rd to Rifle Range
- Expressed the need to create a grid pattern for traffic
- Old Mount Pleasant drainage fix
- Council came up with a plan to fund drainage repairs and updates forever with a two millage increase
- They are experiencing a shortage of nurses, hospitality workers, and retirement community workers
- There are two workforce housing projects on the way (one just had a groundbreaking ceremony: Gregory Ferry Towns)
- They would like to increase the supply of workforce and affordable housing
- Mayor Haynie sits on the CARTA board instead of appointing someone from council because he sees the importance of LCRT
- Wants businesses to know there is great opportunity for business leaders to own a business and raise a family in Mount Pleasant
Check out the full recording of the Government Relations event below and stay tuned for future Government Relations updates!