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Mayor’s memo: Be part of Hardeeville’s future

For the past 12 months, I have written this “memo” to keep you informed of Hardeeville’s goals and introduce the staff that is working to make all the city’s dreams come true.

So it seems fitting, in this month of our nation’s 241st birthday, to talk about your role in our city’s success. After all, it is “We the People” that govern our course.

There are many ways that you can contribute to the growth of Hardeeville. First and most importantly, is let your voice be heard.

Email, text, phone and social media are all means of modern communication. The internet is available at home, at work and at the library.

The city also needs volunteers to serve in a more active role. Not everyone has the time for the demands of elected office but there are boards and commissions that take only a few hours each month.

There are vacancies on the new Library Advisory Board, the Planning Commission, the Board of Building Appeals, the Municipal Election Commission, the Board of Appearances, and the Accommodations Tax Committee.

There are 10 open seats on these six boards. The city also has a Board of Zoning Appeals and a Recreation Commission that are fully staffed but retirements happen regularly. Regardless of your interests or experience we have a board that will fit your talents.

The Library Advisory Board is a new initiative that the city adopted by ordinance this past spring and it is the council’s hope that this group will propose new and creative ways to utilize the city’s new library.

Fundraising remains a vital need. As a new group, they will blaze a progressive trail for a modern library and will be responsible for the strategic planning for our library. The city needs three more volunteers for this board to begin.

The Planning Commission is arguably the most critical of all our boards. The commission must be forward thinking as it tackles such issues as the Comprehensive Plan and the most desirable use of the over 27,700 acres of developable land in Hardeeville.

Additionally, this commission will provide valuable insight into the future downtown development of the Whyte Hardee Blvd corridor. There is one seat open.

Our Accommodations Tax Committee is in need of two members. This committee meets to hear appeals for the use of Accommodations Tax money; funds that come from taxes on hotel stays and dining that must be used to promote tourism. Examples of “A-Tax” funding are the Catfish Festival, BBQ Cook-offs, and radio advertising promoting our region. The Board of Building Appeals reviews applications for appeals to the decisions made by the Building Official; the Election Commission monitors election procedures; and the Board of Appearances reviews applications for the Property Improvement Program for downtown, and also advises on planning for the future development of the downtown area of the City. These groups meet only as needed and require a limited commitment of time.

Be a part of Hardeeville’s future in any way you can.

Visit the city website: www.cityofhardeeville.com. Select the Government tab; then select City Directory.

For an application to serve on any Committee or Commission, email our City Clerk, Lori Pomerico: lpomerico@cityofhardeeville.com.

The city maintains a Facebook page and I have Facebook postings at harrywilliamshardeevillemayor. The city now has live streaming of City Council meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.; or you can watch the video any time on the city website.

Harry Williams is the mayor of Hardeeville.

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