Town officials begin public outreach meetings

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Mount Pleasant officials and staff kicked off a series of public outreach meetings at the Mount Pleasant Thomasena Stokes-Marshall Senior Services Center last week.

The primary purpose of these meetings is to build upon existing outreach efforts and work with citizen and civic groups to strengthen ties with the Town of Mount Pleasant.

Council members Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Elton Carrier, Chris Nickels and Mark Smith met with the Mount Pleasant Senior Booster Club board members to discuss changes and challenges facing the local senior community.

“With a population exceeding 75,000 residents, demands for core municipal services are growing,” said Stokes-Marshall. “Public services, fire emergency and police calls are expanding steadily. The senior center, with a membership of 2,800, has gained 800 senior members over the past year. The baby-boomer wave is upon us and it will frame the national debate on municipal services for decades to come as 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 daily for the next 19 years.”

Stokes-Marshall added, “We cannot face this demographic shift alone, but must establish partnerships with local organizations to find solutions to this new reality.”

Senior Center Booster Club president Richard Giffen and other board members weighed in on the topics of preservation of green space, transportation for seniors, affordable housing and the ability to “age in place.”

The board also discussed the development of an outdoor event space, such as an amphitheater, and building upon the town's varied communications tools.

Senior citizens advocate Donna German invited seniors to a community forum on Sept. 11 at the Greater Goodwill AME Church. Topics important to seniors will be discussed such as living will and testaments, transportation, fraud, scams and more.

The next public outreach meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park Cooper River Room, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd.

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the development of the Hamlin/Brewer Tract on Rifle Range Road and Phase 2 of Memorial Waterfront Park.

For more information about public outreach meetings and other local meetings and events, visit the Town of Mount Pleasant website at www.tompsc.com.

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