Thursday, September 19, 2013
Mount Pleasant Town Council member John Burn announced that he will not seek reelection on Mount Pleasant Town Council but will vie for a seat on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission.
Burn was elected in 2009 to the four-year term on Mount Pleasant Town Council. Burn currently serves as the chair of the Water Supply and Recreation Committee. He serves on the planning, public services and transportation committees of council. He also serves as the Town of Mount Pleasant's representative on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission.
Burn is a lifelong resident of Mount Pleasant. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration. He is the owner of Hughes Equipment and Party Rental, Mount Pleasant, and Hughes Equipment Rental, Charleston.
“This decision was not made easily,” Burn said. “My family and I are committed to the future of Mount Pleasant and want to serve the people of our great community. The last four years have taught me so much and I certainly don't want to stop now. Serving as a town council member and on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission is an extraordinary time commitment. My son is entering the wonderful high-school era and I want to be by his side,” he explained.
Burn said that as a town council member the focus is on many aspects of the town from planning and transportation to recreation or public services. “It was important for me to enter my next phase of public service-focusing on what I am most passionate about and feel I can best serve the residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant,” he said. “I have learned so much about the water and wastewater industry and the effects the services provided by Mount Pleasant Waterworks have on our community today and in the future. In the coming years I would like to focus my attention on the clean safe water and wastewater services provided by Mount Pleasant Waterworks,” said Burn.
“We are fortunate to live in a town where these services are provided at modest rates. Mount Pleasant Waterworks, like many utilities across the nation are dealing with aging infrastructure, reduction in consumption, and increased regulations. These national trends are going to have an impact on Mount Pleasant. staff and the commissioners will have to stand ready to work through these issues while still providing extraordinary service to our town. I feel that my experience both with the town and Waterworks and passion will make me a great representative for the customers of Mount Pleasant Waterworks and I look forward to committing myself to continuing to protect the environment while providing life sustaining services to Mount Pleasant Waterworks' customers.”