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Updates from the islands: Isle of Palms green space, Sullivan's Island council vacancies

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sullivan's Island Mayor Carl Smith said he is giving “serious consideration” for a potential run for re-election. Mayor pro tem Mike Perkis will run for mayor. PHOTO PROVIDED

When May 7 rolls around, Sullivan's Island will vote in a municipal election for mayor and three town council positions.

Mike Perkis, current mayor pro tem, will be running for mayor, according to town clerk Ellen Miller. Councilmembers Madeleine McGee and Patrick O'Neil both have expiring terms, and neither has signed a Statement of Intention, as of Thursday afternoon.

Current mayor Carl Smith could not confirm running for re-election. “I have picked up the petitions for mayor, and I am giving serious consideration to running for re-election,” he said in a statement to the Moultrie News.

Perkis confirmed Friday afternoon that he has declared himself a candidate for mayor in the upcoming election. “This is a critical time for our community, and the proper leadership is needed,” Perkis said.

McGee said she will not seek re-election, citing personal reasons. She added that she supports Perkis' bid for mayor.

Like Smith, O'Neil is currently undecided. “It's not a decision or commitment that I take lightly,” he said. He supports Perkis “enthusiastically.”

The title of mayor pro tem tag is not elected by voters.

Councilmembers and a mayor are voted on, and then in June, councilmembers vote amongst themselves for who should add the title “mayor pro tem” to their seat on council.

Island residents intending to run for office should file with town clerk Ellen Miller at Town Hall, which is located at 2050-B Middle Street.

Her email address is emiller@sullivansisland-sc.com and her phone number is 883-5730.

Candidate filing opened Jan. 11 and closes Feb. 20 at noon.

In addition, two residents are sought for seats on Boards and Commissions. One seat's term, which will run until Sept. 2015, is for the Board of Zoning Appeals. The other is for the Planning Commission, whose term would expire Sept. 2013.

Applications can be found on the town website and are due Feb. 1 at noon to town hall.

The applications were originally due Jan. 4 but have been extended.

Contact town administrator assistant Lisa Darrow for more information at ldarrow@sullivansisland-sc.com or 883-5744.

IOP green space

The City of Isle of Palms was reimbursed by Charleston County Greenbelt Grant Funds for the full purchase of 1801 Palm Blvd., which the city bought in December.

The lot is an undeveloped buffer between residential properties nearby and the Island Center Shopping Center.

Although the land is valued at $1.35 million, the purchase price that was reimbursed totaled $474,385, according to the city's e-newsletter sent out to residents.

Now, the area is considered protected green space.

Follow news and sports reporter Tyler Heffernan on Twitter @TylerHeff.

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