Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Mount Pleasant Town Council member Elton Carrier, a four year veteran of the role, announced on Aug 20 he will file to run again.
Carrier was elected in 2009 to the four-year term on Mount Pleasant Town Council. He received the third highest total of votes in the election. There were 19 candidates running for four seats in that election.
Carrier currently serves as the chair of the finance committee. He also presently serves on the economic development, bids and purchases, planning and development and police, legal and judicial committees of council. He is liaison to council on the Accommodations Tax Advisory Board and represents the town on the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Governors. He serves on the boards of East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and Emerging Creative Minds. He is also an Adopt-A-Highway coordinator.
Carrier is a 40-year Mount Pleasant resident. He graduated from The Citadel with a degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at LSU. He retired in April, 2010 from First Federal of Charleston after 35 years in the banking industry.
“The new mayor and council elected in November will need plenty of support from us ‘veterans’ of council,” Carrier said in a statement to the Moultrie News. “We will have a new mayor and could have up to three new council members.”
He said the issues he will focus on, if elected another four years, include
• Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair of our town owned streets and stormwater assets. “Our consultant Stantec estimated we would need $14 million annually over the next 20 years to solve our problems. We took a giant step last year in setting up a separate account for this work with minimal money and establishing a priority list of projects,” he said.
• Maintaining a healthy general reserve fund for unknown emergencies.
• Completing the financing process for a new town hall through the bond procurement process then seeing the project underway satisfactorily.
• A major effort by the mayor and council in partnership with concerned citizens and PTA groups to create a solid voice to the Charleston County School District to accelerate the building time line for three new schools, including a new high school, to prevent the obvious overcrowding of present day classrooms with our residential explosion in the north section of Mount Pleasant.
• Special attention to residential development north of the Isle Of Palms Connector as it pertains to pressures on infrastructure and schools.
Carrier said other important issues include:
• The widening of Highway 41 from Highway 17 to the Dunes West/RiverTowne intersection.
• Completion of Phase II of the Shem Creek Park Plan.
• Find a business partner and location for a second senior center.
• Investigate the costs of and funds needed to expand the Park West Recreation Facility to include a 100 meter pool.
Carrier is a member of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church where he is a resting elder. He is active with The Citadel’s Brigadier Foundation and The Citadel Foundation.
He is marriedand has two grown children and three grandchildren. He resides in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.
For more information, email Carrier at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.carrierfortowncouncil.com.