October 2022

Berkeley County Continuing to Assess Storm Damage from Hurricane Ianclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, October 3, 2022) – Berkeley County Government is continuing to assess storm damage across the County as part of the recovery process from Hurricane Ian. As of Monday, October 3, the County had received minimal reports of structural damage. Crews with Berkeley County Roads & Bridges are traveling around the County assessing the debris and flooded areas.

If your residence or business sustained storm damage, please report it HERE. Those without Internet access can report storm damage by calling the Citizen Call Line at 843-719-4800 and leaving a detailed voicemail.

Reporting storm damage will help Berkeley County staff gage the extent of damage in the County and report the findings to state and federal officials. These reports will determine appropriate federal and state funding for damage caused by the storm.

Power companies are continuing to work to restore local outages. Most outages have been restored. Do not call 911 for power outages. Please report outages to the appropriate provider below:

For updates about mail service in your area, visit the USPS alerts site HERE.

For all Berkeley County news and updates, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at

http://www.berkeleycountysc.gov.

To sign-up to receive all County-related news and alerts through the Berkeley County Notification system, go HERE.

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Berkeley County to Return to OPCON 3, Resume Normal Operations Sunday, Oct. 2click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Saturday, October 1, 2022) – Berkeley County Government is planning to return to OPCON level 3, normal operating conditions, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Recovery efforts and damage assessment is underway across the County.

STORM DAMAGE: To report storm damage, please go HERE. Those without Internet access can report storm damage by calling the Citizen Call Line at 843-719-4800 and leaving a voicemail. Reporting storm damage will help the County determine the extent of damage locally to report to state/federal officials to determine appropriate funding needs.

CITIZEN CALL LINE: The Citizen Call Line (843-719-4800) remains open through Monday morning, October 3 for non-emergency calls ONLY. **For all emergencies, please call 911.**

All Berkeley County Government buildings and offices will resume normal operating hours on Monday, October 3.

POWER OUTAGES: Power companies are continuing to work to restore local outages. Do not call 911 for power outages. Please report outages to the appropriate provider below:

MAIL SERVICE: For updates about service in your area, visit the USPS alerts site HERE.

South Carolina remains under a State of Emergency after Gov. Henry McMaster issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, September 28.

For all Berkeley County news and updates, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at http://www.berkeleycountysc.gov. You can also sign-up to receive all County-related news and alerts HERE.

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September 2022

Emergency Response Vehicles Delayed in Berkeley County Throughout Ianclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, September 30, 2022) – Emergency responses across Berkeley County are currently delayed. Due to high winds, high-profile vehicles (i.e. ambulances, fire trucks, and utility vehicles) are periodically suspended from roadways. The duration of the delay is dependent on the weather.

Berkeley County is currently under a Flood Warning and emergency management officials are urging the public to be mindful of flood prone areas and water on roadways. The County alsoremains under a Hurricane Warning, with the peak of the storm expected to move across the area around 2 p.m. today, Friday, September 30.

OPERATING CONDITIONS: Berkeley County moved from OPCON 3 to OPCON 2 at 6 a.m. on Friday, September 30, partially activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). OPCON 2 means a disaster or emergency is likely to affect the County and emergency operations plans are implemented.

WEATHER ALERTS: Sign-up to receive all Berkeley County-related weather alerts HERE.

CITIZEN CALL LINE: The Citizen Call Line (843-719-4800) is open until 8 p.m. today, Friday, September 30 for non-emergency calls ONLY. **For all emergencies, please call 911.**

CLOSURES: The following Berkeley County Government facilities are CLOSED today, Friday, September 30 and will operate by varying hours listed below on Saturday, October 1.

  • All Berkeley County Government offices
    • Will resume normal operating hours on Monday, October 3.
  • The Courthouse
    • Court will resume its normal schedule at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 1.
  • Landfill
    • Will REOPEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.
  • Convenience Centers
    • Will REOPEN 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.
  • Cypress Gardens
    • Will REOPEN 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Berkeley Animal Center
    • Will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, October 1.
  • Library branches
    • Will resume their normal operating hours on Saturday, October 1.

STORM DAMAGE: As reports come in around the County about downed trees across roadways, crews with County Roads and Bridges, SCDOT and local fire departments are working quickly to clear those areas. Please do not drive or walk into flooded areas. To report storm damage, go HERE.

POWER OUTAGES: Do not call 911 for power outages. Please report outages to the appropriate provider below:

South Carolina remains under a State of Emergency after Gov. Henry McMaster issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, September 28.

For the latest news and updates on Ian, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at

www.berkeleycountysc.gov.

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Berkeley County to Partially Activate Emergency Operations Center Friday, Sept. 30click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, September 29, 2022) – Berkeley County will move from OPCON 3 to OPCON 2 at 6 a.m. on Friday, September 30, partially activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). OPCON 2 means a disaster or emergency is likely to affect the County and emergency operations plans are implemented.

Berkeley County remains under a Hurricane Warning as Ian inches closer to the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. Berkeley County Emergency Management officials continue to monitor the storm and its possible impacts to the County. South Carolina remains under a State of Emergency after Gov. Henry McMaster issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, September 28.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Ian is anticipated to cause a large-scale wind and rain event for Berkeley County, starting Thursday evening/early Friday morning. Tropical storm force winds (39 mph and greater) are likely to be felt across the area. Expected rainfall is 4 to 8 inches. Other potential impacts from Ian, including risk for tornadoes and storm surge, remains low at this time for Berkeley County.

CLOSURES: The following Berkeley County Government facilities closed at noon today, Thursday, September 29, and will remain closed on Friday, September 30:

  • All Berkeley County Government offices
  • The Courthouse (There will be one Magistrate Court session at the Courthouse at 8 a.m. on Friday. Court will resume its normal schedule at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 1.)
  • Landfill & Convenience Centers
  • Cypress Gardens
  • Berkeley Animal Center
  • Library branches

STORM DAMAGE: Crews with Berkeley County Roads and Bridges continue to respond to flood prone areas, storm drains and culverts throughout the County. To report storm damage, go HERE.

POWER OUTAGES: Do not call 911 for power outages. Please report outages to the appropriate provider below:

CITIZEN CALL LINE: The Citizen Call Line (843-719-4800) is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 29-30 for non-emergency calls ONLY. **For all emergencies, please call 911.**

SANDBAGS: Sandbags are available across Berkeley County on a first-come, first-served basis. Berkeley County has already delivered more than 380 tons of sand to the following locations:

  • City of Hanahan - Railroad Ave. in Hanahan (in front of ball field #1 behind Trident Technical College)
  • Town of Moncks Corner - First Street near the railroad tracks (behind Moncks Corner Fire Department)
  • Whitesville Fire Department - 115 Sunview Ave., Moncks Corner
  • City of Goose Creek Fire Department - 201 Button Hall Ave., Goose Creek
  • Cross Fire Department Station 1 - 1007 Shortcut Road, Cross
  • Cross Fire Department Station 3 - 1980 Highway 6, Cross
  • Cordesville Fire Department Station 1 - 1931 Highway 402, Cordesville
  • Macedonia Fire Department - 2108 N. Highway 52, Bonneau
  • Forty-One Fire Department Station 1 - 1192 Forty One Road, Bonneau
  • Forty-One Fire Department Station 2 - 1135 Mandella Road, Bonneau
  • Santee Circle Fire Department -1399 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner
  • C&B Fire Department - 509 Royle Road, Ladson
  • Pimlico Fire Department - 2854 Old Highway 52, Moncks Corner
  • Daniel Island (City of Charleston) - Seven Farms Drive (behind Governor’s Park Dog Park under I-526)
  • Lake Moultrie Fire Department - 942 Black Oak Road, Bonneau
  • St. Stephen Fire Department - 124 Hood Street, St. Stephen
  • Bonneau Fire Department - 420 Municipal Lane, Bonneau
  • Cainhoy Fire Department Station 3 - 2451 Clements Ferry Road, Wando
  • Cainhoy Fire Department Station 4 - 2250 United Drive, Huger
  • Cainhoy Fire Department Station 6 - 1004 United Drive, Huger

Berkeley County leaders are encouraging citizens to prepare for Ian by making a plan and building an emergency kit. See more information HERE. Also, view the Berkeley County Hurricane Guide, available in English and Spanish.

For the latest news and updates on Ian, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at www.berkeleycountysc.gov.

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Berkeley County Government Announces Office Closures Ahead of Hurricane Ianclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, September 28, 2022) – Berkeley County is under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning as Hurricane Ian inches closer to South Carolina. A watch does NOT mean that hurricane conditions will occur; it means that these conditions are possible. Ian is a Category 4 hurricane with sustained maximum winds of 155 mph and made landfall earlier today along Florida’s Southwestern coastline.

Berkeley County Emergency Management officials and leaders continue to closely monitor the storm and its potential impacts and are daily participating in coordinated conference calls with surrounding municipalities and emergency response organizations. Tri-County leaders also united Wednesday afternoon for a joint press conference at the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center in North Charleston to provide the public with local updates on the storm. Watch the full meeting HERE.

On Wednesday afternoon, SC Governor Henry McMaster signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and activating the state’s emergency operations plan, which enables state agencies to prepare for Hurricane Ian’s potential impact to the state.

Crews with Berkeley County Roads and Bridges have been out checking on flood prone areas, storm drains and culverts throughout the County.

CLOSURES: All Berkeley County Government offices, the Courthouse, Landfill & Convenience Centers, Cypress Gardens, Berkeley Animal Center, and all Library branches will be closing at NOON on Thursday, September 29. All facilities will be CLOSED on Friday, September 30. PLEASE NOTE: There will be one Magistrate Court session at the Courthouse at 8 a.m. on Friday. Court will resume its normal schedule at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Ian is anticipated to cause a large-scale wind and rain event for Berkeley County, starting Thursday evening/early Friday morning. Tropical storm force winds (39 mph and greater) are likely to be felt across the area. Expected rainfall is 4 to 8 inches. Other potential impacts from Ian, including risk for tornadoes and storm surge, remains low at this time for Berkeley County.

CITIZEN CALL LINE: The Citizen Call Line (843-719-4800) will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 29 for non-emergency calls ONLY. Callers will hear an automated response on Thursday. The Citizen Call Line will be fully staffed on Friday, September 30 and open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. **For all emergency calls, please call 911.**

SANDBAGS: Sandbags are available across Berkeley County on a first-come, first-served basis. They are currently available at the locations listed below. More locations will be added, if needed.

  • City of Hanahan - Railroad Avenue (in front of ball field #1 behind Trident Technical College)
  • Town of Moncks Corner - First Street near the railroad tracks (behind Moncks Corner Fire Department)
  • Whitesville Fire Department - 115 Sunview Avenue, Moncks Corner
  • City of Goose Creek Fire Department - 201 Button Hall Avenue, Goose Creek
  • Cross Fire Department Station 1 - 1007 Shortcut Road, Cross
  • Cross Fire Department Station 3 - 1980 Highway 6, Cross
  • Cordesville Fire Department Station 1 - 1931 Highway 402, Cordesville
  • Macedonia Fire Department - 2108 N. Highway 52, Bonneau
  • Santee Circle Fire Department -1399 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner
  • C&B Fire Department - 509 Royle Road, Ladson
  • Pimlico Fire Department - 2854 Old Highway 52, Moncks Corner
  • Daniel Island (City of Charleston) - Seven Farms Drive (behind Governor’s Park Dog Park under I-526)
  • Lake Moultrie Fire Department - 942 Black Oak Road
  • St. Stephen Fire Department - 124 Hood Street, St. Stephen
  • Bonneau Fire Department - 420 Municipal Lane, Bonneau

OPERATING CONDITIONS: The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) currently remains at OPCON 3 (normal operating conditions), but will be moving to OPCON 2 at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 29. OPCON 2 means a disaster or emergency is likely to affect the County, emergency operations plans are implemented, and the County Emergency Operations Center is partially activated, as necessary.

Berkeley County leaders are encouraging citizens to prepare for Ian by making a plan and building an emergency kit. See more information HERE.

Also, view the Berkeley County Hurricane Guide, available in English and Spanish.

For the latest news and updates on Ian, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at www.berkeleycountysc.gov.

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Berkeley County Prepares for Possible Impacts from Hurricane Ianclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, September 27, 2022) – Berkeley County remains under a Tropical Storm Watch as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2022, Ian is a Category 3 storm with sustained maximum winds of 120 mph. The storm is moving North at 10 mph and is approximately 255 miles from Sarasota, Florida.

Berkeley County Emergency Management officials and leaders are closely monitoring the storm and have been meeting and discussing preparations for any potential impacts. While Ian’s direct path remains uncertain, it’s likely to cause a large-scale wind and rain event for Berkeley County, starting Thursday evening/early Friday morning. Tropical storm force winds (39 mph and greater) are likely to be felt across the area. Expected rainfall is 4 to 8 inches. Other potential impacts from Ian, including risk for tornadoes and storm surge, remains low at this time for Berkeley County.

The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) currently remains at OPCON 3 (normal operating conditions), with no activation at this time. Berkeley County leaders are encouraging citizens to prepare for Ian by making a plan and building an emergency kit. See more information HERE.

Sandbags are now available at the following locations:

  • Hanahan – Railroad Avenue (in front of field #1 behind Trident Technical College)
  • Moncks Corner – First Street near the railroad tracks (behind Moncks Corner Fire Department headquarters)
  • Goose Creek – Goose Creek Fire Department headquarters, 201 Button Hall Avenue
  • Cross – Cross Rural Fire Department Station 1, 1007 Shortcut Road, and Station 3, 1980 Old Highway 6

Starting Wednesday, September 28, sandbags will also be available at the following location:

  • Daniel Island (City of Charleston) – Seven Farms Drive (behind Governor’s Park Dog Park under I-526)

Sandbags are self-serve and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The County is working to add more locations.

For the latest news and updates on Ian, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at www.berkeleycountysc.gov.

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Berkeley County to Hold Delinquent Tax Sale October 24 in Nextonclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, September 22, 2022) – Berkeley County will hold its annual Delinquent Tax Sale on Monday, October 24, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Azalea Ballroom at the Lowcountry Conference Center in Nexton, located at 406 Sigma Drive in Summerville. If additional days are needed, the Tax Sale will continue Tuesday, October 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mobile Home Sale will start after the Land Sale ends.

Tax Year 2021 property taxes must be paid no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022 to avoid tax sale.

In addition to the live Tax Sale, there will also be an online auction option for bidders. **ALL tax sale money will be collected at the sale.**

REGISTRATION: Registration to participate in the Tax Sale opens Thursday, October 6. Registration MUST be completed no later than 5 p.m. on October 20.  Only registered bidders will be permitted into the Tax Sale. Registration will NOT be permitted on the day of the sale. Visit berkeleycountysc.gov/taxsale2022 to sign-up for in-person or online bidding.

All real property and mobile homes with delinquent taxes are subject to sale. To avoid sale, all delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties and costs must be received and processed by the County by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21. Only cash, money order, cashier’s check, attorney’s trust/escrow account checks or credit/debit cards (with a .30 cents & 2.50% transaction fee) will be accepted for payment of taxes. **NO tax payments will be accepted the day of the Tax Sale.**

Individuals may make payments in one of the following ways:

  • In-person (by 5 p.m. Friday, October 21) – at Berkeley County Delinquent Tax Office, located at 1003 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Online – taxes.berkeleycountysc.gov (by 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 21)
  • By mail (postmarked by Friday, October 21) – send to Berkeley County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 6122, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
    • Fed-ex/overnight – send to Berkeley County Tax Collector, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Real and personal property must be advertised prior to the Tax Sale. The listing will be first advertised in the Charleston Post and Courier and made available on the County website on October 6, 2022. The listing will be in the name of the current owner and the defaulting taxpayer, defined by the South Carolina statutes as the owner of record on December 31 of the year preceding the taxable year.

The Mobile Homes listing will be advertised and available online for two consecutive weeks, starting October 13, 2022.

For a Tax Sale listing of all properties, go HERE (available for viewing starting October 6).

For more information, contact the Berkeley County Delinquent Tax office at (843) 719-4030 (option 5) or email .

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Berkeley County Receives $500,000 Grant to Fund Revitalization in St. Stephen Areaclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, September 15, 2022) – At its meeting on Monday, September 12, 2022, Berkeley County Council approved a $500,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment grant to help fund a large-scale revitalization initiative to greatly improve quality of life opportunities in the St. Stephen/Russellville area. Watch the full Council meeting HERE.

This grant, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Community Wide Assessment Grant Program, will help fund environmental assessments on properties located within a certain designated Census Tract in the St. Stephen area. With the help of community and residential input, the Town of St. Stephen—together with the EPA and Berkeley County Economic Development—will conduct up to 15 site inventories of brownfield sites, in the St. Stephen area, that could be redeveloped to provide more job opportunities and other quality of life resources for the community.

The grant has already identified two such sites: the former St. Stephen High School, which closed in 1996, and the area’s former Lumber Mill, which operated as a steam-powered lumber mill from the 1930s to mid-1960s and closed around 1970. Another goal of this large-scale initiative will be to develop a complete revitalization plan unique to St. Stephen.

Public meetings and community engagement will be critical throughout this process. More information on public meetings will be forthcoming.

“County Council is committed to improving access to resources and employment opportunities for people throughout Berkeley County. This grant will not only help fund these initiatives, but also ensure the St. Stephen community is involved in the process. Berkeley County’s success is directly related to the success of its citizens; inviting the public to the table on critical decision-making efforts like this one are what makes us #OneBerkeley.”  -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

“The town of St. Stephen is grateful that the EPA selected us to receive one of the 2022 Brownfields Program Grants for $500,000. We were the only municipality in Berkeley County to receive this. In countless other communities around the United States, the EPA’s Brownfield Program has had a proven track record of leveraging private sector investment, creating jobs, and protecting the environment. St. Stephen will use this Brownfields Grant to spur our town with redevelopment and cleanup projects and bring sustained economic growth. We are thankful for the support of the Berkeley County Economic Development Office and their ability to work with myself, Town Council, and the Town’s administration to write the grant proposal. We are ready to collaborate with the various committees that will be comprised of St. Stephen residents and business owners to help us continue to grow and revitalize our town. It has been well worth the wait. This is the first of many blessings in store for our great town.” -John Rivers, St. Stephen Mayor

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Will Rochester Named New Berkeley County Emergency Management Directorclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, September 12, 2022) – Will Rochester has been named the new Director of Berkeley County Emergency Management. Rochester’s first official day in the new position is today, Monday, September 12, 2022.

Rochester most recently served as an Emergency Management Specialist with Charleston County Emergency Management. He previously worked four years as the Operations Coordinator for Berkeley County Emergency Management. Rochester is originally from Pickens County, South Carolina and has been a Berkeley County resident for more than four years. 

Throughout his career, Rochester has been involved in multiple Emergency Operations Center activations and disaster response events across the state. He is a seasoned emergency management practitioner with experience in all phases of emergency management and boasts a public safety background in Emergency Medical Services, the Fire Service / Hazardous Materials, and 911 Communications.

Rochester is one of the few emergency managers in the State certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers, among other credentials in Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials, and the Fire Service.

“We are excited to have Will back in Berkeley County to lead our Emergency Management Department. Aside from possessing the qualifications and expertise for the job, Will has a proven track record of working with all necessary parties to prepare for and respond to a crisis. In Will, we have a team builder with excellent communication skills and that is critical when faced with emergency-related events.”

-Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to return to the Berkeley County Emergency Management Department. It is a pleasure to serve our citizens, visitors, and other stakeholders within Berkeley County preparing for all – hazards incidents and events. I look forward to continuing a successful emergency management program working with the whole community of Berkeley County under the direction of Supervisor Cribb and alongside #TeamBerkeley.”

- Will Rochester, Berkeley County Emergency Management Director

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Berkeley Animal Center Joins State of Emergency Declared for SC Sheltersclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, September 6, 2022) – Berkeley Animal Center, in cooperation with dozens of animal shelters across South Carolina, has announced a State of Emergency with regard to overcrowding.

Statewide animal welfare organizations, such as South Carolina Animal Care and Control Association (SCACCA), No Kill South Carolina and South Carolina Animal Legislative Coalition, are working together to encourage current pet owners and new ones to make room for one more furry friend. In response, Berkeley Animal Center has reduced its adoption fees for cats and dogs and is urging the public to consider adopting and/or fostering from its shelter, located at 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner. Also, the shelter is currently accepting animals on an emergency basis only.

This is a critical time for the community to step up and open their hearts and homes to a new pet. For a number of reasons, adoptions have been down lately. While we are continually grateful for our staff, volunteers, and those local citizens who routinely give of their time, support and finances to Berkeley Animal Center, we are still in grave need of more help, more fosters, and more adoptions.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley Animal Center Director

“Nearly every shelter in the state…are at the breaking point and need help now. These and other lifesaving organizations are critically overcapacity and there’s no sign of it letting up.  We must move these animals into homes now, especially as we enter the peak of hurricane season.” -Abigail Appleton, No Kill South Carolina 2024 Chief Project Officer, CAWA, PMP

About Berkeley Animal Center:

Since 2017, the Berkeley County Animal Center has been committed to maintaining a fiscally responsible, healthy, safe and loving environment for rescued, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals of Berkeley County. The shelter is a place where animals receive appropriate care and attention and are treated with dignity and respect as staff pursues placing them into safe, lifelong homes. We strive to place every adoptable animal in a safe and loving home or rescue group. For more information, visit Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook or at www.berkeleyanimalcenter.org.

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August 2022

Berkeley County Awards Construction Contract for Hanahan Intersection Projectclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, August 29, 2022) – At its meeting on Monday, August 22, 2022, Berkeley County Council awarded the contract for the intersection realignment project of Foster Creek Road at Tanner Ford Boulevard in Hanahan to IPW Construction for approximately $2.35 million. View the full meeting HERE.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2023 with a six-month utility relocation period. The project is expected to take about 11 months to complete.

This project consists of realigning the ‘T’- shaped intersection of Foster Creek Road and Tanner Ford Boulevard and transforming the southern leg of Foster Creek Road into the intersection’s new stop condition. This will improve the flow of traffic by prioritizing the busiest movement through the intersection while also making it safer for drivers making turns.

This improvement project is funded by the 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Referendum. Bids for the project were received on August 15, 2022.

“We are pleased that this critical intersection improvement project is advancing to the construction stage. With increased density in the Tanner Plantation/Foster Creek community and the recent addition of Bowen’s Corner Elementary School, this project will significantly improve traffic flow and safety in the region.” – Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

For construction project updates, visit www.BuildingBerkeley.com.

Berkeley County Accepting Applications for PARD Grant Programclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, August 25, 2022) – Berkeley County is accepting applications for park projects through the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Grant Program for the 2023 Fiscal Year.

The PARD Grant Program allocates grants to eligible entities within Berkeley County for planning and development of new parks and recreation facilities. This is a matching grant program where all projects must be matched by at least 20 percent. 

*PLEASE NOTE: The South Carolina Parks and Recreation Department requires the project site—in order to be eligible for grant funding—to be either leased or deeded in fee simple to Berkeley County Government. Learn more about the PARD Grant Program HERE.

To schedule an appointment to discuss a proposed project, please contact Brian Rheault, Berkeley County Construction Project Manager, at 843-719-5105, 843-934-4494, or by September 9, 2022.

Berkeley County is accepting project applications now through 4 p.m. on September 30, 2022.

For any other questions, please contact Berkeley County Grants Administrator Ginger Gaskins at 843-719-0014 or .

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Berkeley County Council Approves One-Cent Sales Tax Referendum for Nov. 8 Ballotclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, August 9, 2022) – At the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, August 8, 2022, Council passed third and final reading of an ordinance to place a countywide referendum on the ballot for the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. View the full meeting HERE. If passed by voters, the referendum would continue for another seven years the special one-percent sales and use tax in Berkeley County and help fund more roadway and infrastructure projects throughout the County.

The ballot will contain two separate questions. Question 1 will ask voters if they wish to fund $587 million across seven years “for financing the costs of highways, roads, streets, bridges, and other transportation- related projects facilities, and drainage facilities related thereto, including but not limited to:

  • Capacity Projects
  • Major Resurfacing Projects
  • Local Street Resurfacing (Streets to be determined through input from SCDOT, County and Municipal officials, as well as the public)
  • Intersection Improvements
  • Other Transportation Projects
  • Paving Projects (Various dirt roads throughout the County as determined by the County governing body and staff)
  • Greenbelt Preservation Projects”

For more details on the these projects and more, go HERE.

Question 2 will ask voters if they are in favor of issuing $89 million in County Obligation Bonds from the special sales and use tax to fund the completion of such projects.

“Roads are a top priority among our citizens and the chief focus of County Council. For more than a decade, the One-Cent Sales Tax Program has been highly successful for our County. It gives us the ability to deliver quality of life roadway and infrastructure improvements across Berkeley County communities to ultimately improve citizens’ lives. The list of projects included in this new referendum is the result of input and months-long collaborations among the County, local municipalities, and our valued citizens. A vote for continuing this referendum will allow us to not only provide traffic and road condition solutions at a faster pace, but also allow the County to preserve, protect, and provide access to greenspace.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

Berkeley County’s One-Cent Sales Tax Program was established in the 2008 One-Cent Sales Tax referendum. Voters passed a separate but similar referendum in 2014.

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Berkeley County Auditor’s Office Provides Information on Property Tax Exemptionsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, August 5, 2022) – The Berkeley County Auditor’s Office is providing citizens critical information on property tax exemptions available through the Homestead Exemption Act. This Act applies to the primary residence of homeowners who qualify in at least one of three ways:

  • At least 65 years old
  • Totally and permanently disabled
  • Legally blind

The Homestead Exemption Act exempts the first $50,000 off the value of the qualified applicant’s home and requires the taxpayer to come into the County Auditor’s office to apply. **If you’re unable to come into the office, please give us a call so that we may make other arrangements for you.** The exemption continues in effect unless there is a change in the title of the residence, change in disability or marital status, change of primary residence, the property is disposed of, or the dwelling is rented.  This act may apply to living trusts and other trusts if the trustee holds legal title to the home and the beneficiary of the trust is qualified by age or disability. 

A taxpayer may be eligible for exemption of taxes on the qualified residence by the S.C. Department of Revenue if a homeowner has a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability. This disability exemption may be from the Veterans Administration, Law Enforcement, or Firefighter services. It also applies if the homeowner is a paraplegic or hemiplegic. For the purposes of this exemption, paraplegic or hemiplegic includes a person with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which has caused the same ambulatory difficulties as a person with paraparesis or hemiparesis. 

If you qualify for these programs, please visit the Berkeley County Auditor’s Office at 1003 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner; or call 843-723-3800 (Charleston), 843-567-3136 (St. Stephen), or 843-719-4727 (Moncks Corner). The Auditor’s Office can assist you in the completion of this application form. For more information, go HERE.

If you are already receiving one of these exemptions, you do NOT have to reapply, unless your circumstances have changed as noted above. The exemption breakdown will be reflected on your yearly tax bill.

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Application Period Opens for Berkeley County State Accommodations Tax Fundingclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, August 1, 2022) – The application period opened today, Monday, August 1, 2022 to apply for Berkeley County State Accommodations Tax funding. Individuals or businesses in Berkeley County meeting the criteria of the Accommodations Tax Law may submit an application now through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Applications may be submitted online HERE or mailed/delivered to: Berkeley County Tourism Department, Attn: Rachel Knight, 1003 US N Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

According to Section 6-4-10 of State Law, Accommodations Tax is to be used exclusively for the following “tourism-related expenditures: (i) advertising and promotion of tourism so as to develop and increase tourist attendance through the generation of publicity; (ii) promotion of the arts and cultural events; (iii) construction, maintenance, and operation of facilities for civic and cultural activities including construction and maintenance of access and other nearby roads and utilities for the facilities; (iv) the criminal justice system, law enforcement, fire protection, solid waste collection, and health facilities when required to serve tourists and tourist facilities. This is based on the estimated percentage of costs directly attributed to tourists; (v) public facilities such as restrooms, dressing rooms, parks, and parking lots;
(vi) tourist shuttle transportation; (vii) control and repair of waterfront erosion, including beach renourishment;
(viii) operating visitor information centers.”

The Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Commission will review all information packets and hold a public meeting on September 20, 2022.

For questions, contact Tourism Director Rachel Knight at or 843-719-4995.

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July 2022

DuPont Cuts Ribbon on Cooper River Site’s New Biopharma Tubing Plantclick to view complete article

Strong industrial investment. Commitment to conservation. Perseverance through teamwork.

Those were the top themes voiced by DuPont officials, along with state and local leaders who gathered Thursday, July 28 to celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony for DuPont’s newest investment in Berkeley County: the launch of its new Liveo™ healthcare product line, which began last year. This roughly $20 million investment resulted in 25 new employees and will create another 25 jobs in the near future.

DuPont began operating in Berkeley County more than 46 years ago, with operations first beginning in 1976. In 2017, the DuPont Cooper River site shuttered the Kelvar facility after just a few years of operations. The company decided to repurpose the facility by expanding the Hytrel™ operations and adding Molykote™ and Liveo™ production to the Cooper River site.  

Life sciences and biotechnology innovation is a growing sector across the County and State, with an annual economic impact exceeding $11 billion and 40,000 jobs in South Carolina. Berkeley County alone has more than 25 life science industries—adding another one (DuPont’s investment) to that list today.

“This plant, the DuPont name, is known all over the world. It’s a great company that started long ago. …It’s thriving and people are thriving with it. …This is a big moment; it’s an important moment.” -Governor Henry McMaster  

The DuPont Cooper River site sits on a former rice plantation—Dean Hall—dating back to 1725. DuPont has been an integral community ally, helping the County relocate the historic Nesbit House from the company’s property to where it now sits in Moncks Corner. More recently, DuPont donated land to the County to further expand the parking area at the Cypress Gardens Boat Landing site. DuPont also supported the County’s reopening of its popular Cypress Gardens park after severe flood damage.

The Cooper River Site is a well-balanced industrial park with over 2,100 acres, only 200 of which are currently developed. Over 1,200 acres are set aside for conservation in a conservation easement with Lord Berkeley Land Trust, of which 800 acres are wetlands, and 925 acres are managed for wildlife. 

“Forty-six years in Berkeley County is absolutely incredible; and DuPont’s expansion and existence here means so much to us. As a County, we are growing at a tremendous rate, and we’re both blessed and challenged by that growth; but at the same time, we want to protect what we hold dear so conservation and preservation efforts are at the forefront of our thoughts and actions. This campus is a shining example in that nearly 60-percent of the campus is protected under a conservation easement with Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust. Aside from this, Dupont has been a generous community partner and we appreciate their past and continued support for the Cypress Gardens Park and Landing.  Their recent donation of over five acres of land allowed us to expand an overwhelmed boat landing from 35 total parking spaces to 145 spaces.  Dupont is a shining example of Industry and Government working together for those we serve and represent." -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

“We had such great cooperation, first from our community, and really appreciate the strong support from the State, the County, the local government but also from our construction partners.” -John Singer, VP, Integrated Operations - Electronics & Industrial, DuPont

“This is really a testament to the commitment that we have with Cooper River…and really this is just the first in a series of investments in Cooper River. This will make this a central part of our manufacturing network for high performance and high quality healthcare materials.” -Sam Ponzo, VP / General Manager for Industrial Solutions for Electronics and Industrial Businesses, DuPont

“We are a global leader in healthcare solution products and now we’re (working) to increase our capacity and find alternative locations. …This is a very special customer set of people that really need help to cure…from diseases” -Eugenio Taccalino, Global Business Director for Healthcare and Specialty Lubricants, DuPont

“Being selected as the second dedicated healthcare site is indeed an honor and a reflection of our team’s track record of dedication, ownership, and commitment to our Core Values and excellence in meeting customers’ needs.  Thanks to collaboration between the DuPont team and our contractor partners, the Cooper River site was completed within 17 months – on time, on budget, and without a single recordable safety incident.” -Bill Alexander, Cooper River Site Leader, DuPont

Berkeley County Holding Public Meeting on Accommodations Tax July 27click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, July 18, 2022) – The Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Commission will hold a public information meeting about the Berkeley County State Accommodations Tax on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Berkeley County Administration Building, located 1003 N. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. The meeting will be an opportunity for the public / interested applicants to learn more about Accommodations Tax and how to apply.

According to Section 6-4-10 of State Law, Accommodations Tax is to be used exclusively for the following “tourism-related expenditures: (i) advertising and promotion of tourism so as to develop and increase tourist attendance through the generation of publicity; (ii) promotion of the arts and cultural events; (iii) construction, maintenance, and operation of facilities for civic and cultural activities including construction and maintenance of access and other nearby roads and utilities for the facilities; (iv) the criminal justice system, law enforcement, fire protection, solid waste collection, and health facilities when required to serve tourists and tourist facilities. This is based on the estimated percentage of costs directly attributed to tourists; (v) public facilities such as restrooms, dressing rooms, parks, and parking lots;
(vi) tourist shuttle transportation; (vii) control and repair of waterfront erosion, including beach renourishment;
(viii) operating visitor information centers.”

The Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Commission will review all information packets and hold a public meeting on September 20, 2022.

For questions, contact Tourism Director Rachel Knight at or

843-719-4995.

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Cuts Ribbon on New Sangaree Substationclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (June 24, 2022) – Community members, along with local and state leaders – especially SC Lt. Governor Pamela Evette – gathered June 23, 2022 to celebrate the official grand opening of the new Berkeley County Sheriff's Office substation in Sangaree. It's the sixth facility of its kind across Berkeley County.

Substations better serve our citizens. They are an essential office for deputies – allowing them to quickly complete reports/paperwork without having to travel back and forth to BCSO Headquarters in Moncks Corner. Also, their convenient locations promote the reduction of call response times, provide visibility in their communities, assist with community outreach, and overall help deter crime.

“To the community…Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting us and being here when we need you; and we do need you, more than ever. I want to thank my good friend, the Lt. Governor… You really support law enforcement, and we need all the support we can get. This building here – it may not look like much, but it’s ours and we appreciate it; and we’re going to put it to good use. …You’ll see deputies more often in your community.” -Sheriff Duane Lewis

“There’s a mission statement posted on the substation wall that says, ‘Taking care of people.’ I don’t think you’ll find another Sheriff or a Sheriff’s department anywhere in our state that takes care of and works with people better. These substations are a phenomenal resource and way to connect with the community. On behalf of County Council, we’d like to thank Sheriff Lewis for his vision and commitment and County staff for their work to get the facility ready to receive our deputies, volunteers, and members of the public that we will serve.” -County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

“The Governor and I have been talking now for four years about communication, collaboration, and cooperation; and that’s exactly what it sounds like is happening here today and that’s what makes South Carolina so special. …I hear it from our law enforcement all over – when you have a good community presence, when people know where you are, when they know where your heart is, and they can trust you, it just makes a community better and stronger. …Thank you so much to the men and women who stand on that thin blue line to keep us safe every day. We can’t repay you or thank you enough.” -Lt. Governor Pamela Evette

“This has been a long time coming. It’s going to help this community and surrounding communities be a part of the Sheriff’s Office in gathering information and taking care of problems. Seeing deputies parked here gives the community a sense of security. …Thank you, Sheriff; thank you, Supervisor Cribb; thank you, Council, for helping us do this.” -County Councilman Tommy Newell, District 4

Located at 347 Sangaree Parkway in Summerville, the Sangaree substation will specifically serve the communities of Sangaree, Tall Pines and Nexton and also be manned by members of the Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Advisory Board. The board is comprised of 25 members who work in our communities and meet quarterly with Sheriff Lewis to relay citizen complaints.

“They take your complaints and funnel them to me. …The deputies you see in these substations go after those problems. What better community policing model do you have when you have the citizens, the citizen leaders, and the law enforcement working together?” -Sheriff Lewis

June 2022

Primary Election Runoff: Tuesday, June 28click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (June 28, 2022) – There is a primary election runoff on Tuesday, June 28, for Berkeley County Council District 6 (Republican) and State House District 101 (Democratic). Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following statewide races are also in a runoff:

- State Superintendent of Education (Republican)

- US Senate (Democratic)

To find your polling place, visit scvotes.gov > "check my polling place." POLLING PLACE CHANGE: Those who typically vote at Freedom Church will need to vote instead at Foxbank Elementary School. You must have your photo ID to vote (or a voter registration card with photo).

NOTE: People who voted in the June 14 Primaries are limited to voting in the same party’s runoff. Those who did not vote on June 14 can choose to vote in either party’s runoff.

For questions, call the Berkeley County Voter Registration & Elections Office at 843-719-4056.

Berkeley County Hosting Inaugural Family Emergency Preparedness Dayclick to view complete article

Saturday, July 9 at Cypress Gardens

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, June 13, 2022) – Berkeley County Emergency Management will host its inaugural Family Emergency Preparedness Day on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cypress Gardens, located at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner.

This day coincides with the park’s FREE Saturday event for Berkeley County residents, who receive free admission with proof of residency. The park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with last admission at 4 p.m.). NonBerkeley County residents must pay admission to the park.

The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season is underway, with an above-normal storm count predicted by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Berkeley County is committed to ensuring the community is informed on how to properly prepare for severe weather and recently released its inaugural Hurricane Guide, which can be viewed in English or Spanish at www.berkeleycountysc.gov.

During Family Emergency Preparedness Day, families will be able to meet local first responders, receive hurricane preparedness information, see live demonstrations, and much more. There will also be live music and food trucks on site. **Individuals can also enter for a chance to win a FREE generator donated by Berkeley Electric.**

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Berkeley County Holding Public Hearing on Amended FY 2022 Annual Action Planclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, June 9, 2022) – Berkeley County has proposed a substantial amendment to its FY2022 Annual Action Plan and 2022-2025 Consolidated Plan—both of which address local housing and community development needs. There will be a public hearing on the amendment on Wednesday, June 29 at 5 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Berkeley County Administration Building, located at 1003 N. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. The public is invited to attend the meeting to share comments and ask questions.

Specifically, the Annual Action Plan (AAP) helps carry out the Berkeley County Consolidated Plan by providing a summary of the actions, activities, and funding resources the County needs to annually address the needs and goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. The FY 2022 AAP outlines proposed projects and activities by the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program to address the identified priority needs and goals in the Consolidated Plan as Substantially Amended. View the Annual Action Plan and Consolidated Plan HERE.

Needs can cover public facilities, economic development, housing, public services, and other eligible activities in unincorporated areas and within participating municipalities within the County. Through the CDBG program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved approximately $1.2 million for Berkeley County to use to address these needs. In May, Berkeley County awarded the funding to seven different local nonprofits and municipalities. Read more HERE.

The County expects to receive $1,226,054 in CDBG funding and $516,868 in HOME funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for FY 2022, which begins July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023. This will be the first allocation of the HOME grant for Berkeley County.

The proposed amendment to the Annual Action Plan will also be available for public comment for 30 days, from June 15 to July 15, 2022. Hard copies of the plan, including blank pages for comments, will be available at the welcome desk in the front lobby of the County Administration Building in Moncks Corner.

Written comments may be submitted to the County’s Grants Administrator at , or delivered to the Grants Administration Office at 1003 N. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. For more information, call (843) 719-4766.

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CTC Roadway Resurfacing Projects Underway in Berkeley Countyclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, June 7, 2022) – Multiple roadway resurfacing projects, funded by Berkeley County’s Transportation Committee (CTC), are underway across Berkeley County. The first 12 projects are scheduled to begin this week in the Tall Pines subdivision in Ladson followed by the Willowbrook subdivision in Goose Creek.

There are a total of 43 roads scheduled to be resurfaced. The County has contracted with Banks Construction on the projects. Banks Construction will notify all residents who will be impacted by the resurfacing work. See the planned list of projects below (in no particular order):

  • Millburgh Lane                  
  • Sand Pine Drive                                  
  • Erskine Street                    
  • Apache Pine Drive
  • Converse Street                  
  • Short Pine Road                                 
  • Lander Street                  
  • Torch Pine Road
  • Allen Court                          
  • Highland Pines Road                     
  • Tufts Court                        
  • Larch Pine Road
  • Wayne Court                       
  • Colonial Pines Drive                        
  • Vassar Court                      
  • Stone Pines Road
  • Piedmont Lane                 
  • Eastern White Pines Road             
  • Tampa Court                      
  • Aleppo Drive
  • Janice Street                        
  • Knee Pines Road                                
  • Elaine Street                       
  • Peach Road
  • Stuart Street                        
  • Freehold Circle                                   
  • Quest Street                       
  • Essex Avenue
  • Cantilever Court              
  • McBlack Court                                
  • Riverbed Lane                   
  • Princeton Road
  • Sugarpine Place                 
  • Grovers Lane                                    
  • Greenbriar Place              
  • Clarksville Lane 
  • Trestlewood Drive           
  • Orange Drive                                       
  • Old Light Road                 
  • Egret Lane
  • Ponderosa Drive                  
  • Orange Street

All resurfacing projects are anticipated to be complete by the end of August. Work is weather dependent.

“Roads continue to be the top concern of our citizens and County Council. The ‘condition’ of our roads is equally important to ‘congestion’ felt on our roads; and these projects will bring significant improvements to our system and quality of life. We have much work to do and will continue to work diligently to turn available funding into projects that make a difference. I’d like to thank the County Transportation Committee and staff for their continued diligence to address our infrastructure needs.” -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

In April, Berkeley County also completed the Daniel Island Resurfacing Project, which was part of the road resurfacing package with Banks Construction. That project included milling and resurfacing Seven Farms Drive from Island Park Drive to near the traffic circle at Daniel Island Road, along with pedestrian enhancements at the intersection/entrance to the Publix grocery store, located between River Landing Drive and Island Park Drive.

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Berkeley County Water & Sanitation Welcomes Water Leak Detection Dogclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, June 3, 2022) – Berkeley County is proud to introduce the newest four-legged member of its Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Department: Agua, a Labrador Retriever-mix trained to help BCWS staff detect water leaks in service lines and water mains. Watch a video about her HERE.

In October 2020, Berkeley Animal Society donated Agua to Berkeley County Water and Sanitation. Agua trained with Lowcountry Dog Training to learn to detect water leaks. Since training, the canine has detected several service lines leaks across the County, including utilities in neighboring municipalities.

During one particular call in October 2021, Agua was able to identify a sewer line leak within 30 minutes after a contractor had spent many days trying to locate it.

Agua trains weekly and works closely with a BCWS service truck operator.

“Agua has turned out to be a great asset for Berkeley County Water and Sanitation and the County as a whole, saving us lots of time and money—and she never calls out sick! Our success with this unique canine is due largely in part to Berkeley Animal Center, Lowcountry Dog Training, and Pet Supplies Plus of Goose Creek. We are confident Agua will continue to be a vital community resource in the future.” -Doug Tompkins, BCWS Director

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Berkeley County Publishes Inaugural Hurricane Guide for 2022 Storm Seasonclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, June 1, 2022) – Berkeley County has published its inaugural Hurricane Guide for the 2022 Storm Season. Available in both English and Spanish, the Hurricane Guide has been created in conjunction with the Berkeley County Emergency Management Department and Berkeley County Public Information Office.

Berkeley County is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina; and with the Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning June 1, the County wants to make sure our citizens are informed about potential storm impacts to our area and how to properly prepare.

The Berkeley County Hurricane Guide specifically includes information on hurricane risks, a checklist for building a disaster supplies kit, details on evacuation routes, a list of important contacts, and more. It can be accessed via the homepage of the County website at berkeleycountysc.gov. View the full guide in English HERE and Spanish HERE.

“Berkeley County is proud to offer this extensive Hurricane Guide to better prepare the public against the threat of tropical storm systems. This publication is the result of a months-long project involving thorough research, departmental collaboration, and input from neighboring municipalities and first responder agencies. Protecting our citizens and their families is our key focus; the more our citizens know, the better they can plan for potential storm events, ultimately securing property and potentially saving lives.” -Ben Almquist, Berkeley County Emergency Management Director

The County also plans to publish the Hurricane Guide in Portuguese by 2023.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 to November 30.

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May 2022

Berkeley County Awards CDBG Funds to Local Nonprofits & Municipalitiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, May 26, 2022) – Berkeley County has awarded approximately $1 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to seven different local nonprofits and municipalities. The money stems from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will provide Berkeley County communities with resources to address unique community development needs. 

Funding has been awarded to the following local organizations:

  • Angel Wings Foundation, Inc. - $14,600 for facility rehab
  • Habitat for Humanity - $263,000 for infrastructure improvements
  • St. Stephen American Legion Hut - $231,257 for ADA compliance
  • Tri-Community Center - $84,300 for fencing and driveway resurfacing
  • Helping Hands of Goose Creek – $11,400 for facility improvements
  • Changed Lives Ministry - $175,000 for a men’s facility
  • Cross Community Center - $264,000 for facility improvements

The projects will be funded beginning July 1. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

For more information on the CDBG Program, visit the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Program website.

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Berkeley County Announces Early Voting Locations for SC Primary Election June 14click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, May 24, 2022) – Berkeley County Voters Registration & Elections Office has announced three locations where registered Berkeley County voters can vote early in the South Carolina Primary Election on Tuesday, June 14. Early voting will be available across the County and statewide from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays starting Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 10. Registered Berkeley County voters may vote at the following locations:

  • Berkeley County Voter Registration & Elections Office: 1003 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Hanahan Library: 1216 Old Murray Court, Hanahan, SC 29410
  • St. Stephen Library: 113 Ravenell Drive, St. Stephen, SC 29479

You must have your photo ID to vote (or a voter registration card if you do not have a photo ID).

Earlier this month, S.C. Governor Henry McMaster signed an early voting bill into law, replacing in-person absentee voting with a two-week early voting period for all qualified voters in the state. Read more HERE.

ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL: The new bill does not change absentee-by-mail voting, which is still available for qualified voters. Request an absentee application in one of the following ways:

  • Phone: 843-719-4058
  • Mail: P.O. Box 6122, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • In person: Voter Registration & Elections Office, 1003 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

You must complete, sign and return your application to the Berkeley County Voter Registration & Elections Office in person or by mail. County offices will soon begin issuing new applications based on the new requirements. **The old absentee-by-mail application will be accepted through May 31. After May 31, only NEW applications meeting current requirements will be accepted.** The deadline to return a NEW application is June 3.

You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail. Vote and return your ballot to Berkeley County Voter Registration & Elections Office by mail or in person no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is June 14. Photo ID will be required to return your ballot in person. For more information, go HERE.

For more information, visit www.scvotes.gov or the County’s Voter Registration & Elections department page HERE. You may also call 843-719-4056, 843-719-4058 or email .

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Berkeley County Awarded at State Level for Employing People with Disabilitiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, May 24, 2022) – Berkeley County Government has received two top awards in connection to its unique programs that employ people with disabilities. The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities named the County the 2020-2021 Large Employer of the Year. In addition, the Summerville Mayor's Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities named the County Employer of the Year for 2021. Both awards were recognized at the County Council meeting on Monday, May 23. Watch the full meeting video HERE.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation nominated the County for both awards. Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to individuals who are experiencing barriers to employment and helps them gain the skills, training and credentials necessary for employment across the state. The County partners with this agency to both employ and offer temporary internships to individuals with disabilities.

Berkeley County also works with high school seniors and young adults with disabilities through its award-winning and highly successful Project SEARCH program. This program—which is a partnership among the County, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Berkeley County School District—prepares young people with disabilities for success in employment opportunities. Throughout the school year, these students work in different departments at Berkeley County Government and develop skills and training to prepare them for future jobs. Project SEARCH started in the County in 2017 and is gaining strength every year.

The 2021-22 Project SEARCH class had four students graduate on May 19. Each student has already secured employment.

“This recognition is a result of the partnership between Berkeley County, S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation, and Berkeley County School District to offer a program and career opportunities for exceptional individuals in our community. I’d also like to thank our County employees for their passion and commitment for this program and initiative. On behalf of County Council and our valued partners, I’d like to congratulate the graduates of our latest Project SEARCH class and give a special thanks to all the businesses and industries for providing job opportunities for ALL.” -County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

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Berkeley County Celebrates Completion of Cypress Gardens Boat Landing Projectclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, May 19, 2022) – On Wednesday, May 18, Berkeley County leaders gathered with local and state elected officials and our incredible boating community to celebrate the completion of our Cypress Gardens Boat Landing project.

Berkeley County is known for its scenic blueways and beautiful outdoor recreational spots like this landing and so many others around the County.
It is a top goal of our County leaders to provide more opportunities to utilize such amenities and offer locals and visitors alike a memorable experience—whether fishing, boating, swimming, or simply soaking up some sun.

The Cypress Gardens Boat Landing project was completed in-house by our Berkeley County Roads & Bridges and Facilities & Grounds departments. Renovations included the addition of the following items:

• 91 Boat Trailer Parking Spaces

• 4 Handicap Accessible Boat Trailer Parking Spaces

• 3 Boat Trailer "Make Ready" Spaces

• 6 Boat Trailer "Tie-Down" Spaces

• 47 Passenger Vehicle Parking Spaces

• 4 Handicap Accessible Parking Spaces

• 1 Large, Covered Pavilion

• Security Improvements

The site previously included only 35 parking spaces (all for boats) but routinely had 75-plus boats parked along the side of the roadway.
Wednesday’s event speakers included Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb; Orlando Scott with Cooper River Bassmasters; and Bill Alexander, Site Leader for DuPont. DuPont was instrumental in donating land for this project. Thank you also to Freeman Boatworks, Sea Fox Boat Company, Inc., Phantom Boats LLC and Berkeley Outdoors Marine for attending with their boats, along with a vessel from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit.

At the event, Berkeley County was also proud to honor local resident Alonzo McKnight, surprising him with his very own “Lonnie’s Lookout” sign to be posted at the new pavilion. McKnight is a fixture at the boat landing and friend to all who visit there. Six days a week he helps monitor the parking lot and offers assistance to any boaters and fishermen who need help securing their boats.

“These projects can’t happen without partnerships, collaboration, and commitment amongst many stakeholders. From the generous donation of land by an industry partner, the Berkeley County taxpayer, support from County Council, and the hard work of a dedicated County staff and volunteers second to none, we now have a safe public facility for all to enjoy the beauties and wonder of Berkeley County.” -County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

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Berkeley County Working to Collect Stormwater Data from Local Propertiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, May 11, 2022) – Berkeley County will be conducting stormwater inventory of the County’s Stormwater Management System to meet the requirements of the County’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Crews will be traveling to properties around the County beginning Monday, May 16, 2022 and ending August 16, 2022 (weather dependent). Crews will be gathering data about the stormwater system on residents’ properties and their adjacent properties. See map of impacted properties HERE.

The County has contracted with McCormick Taylor’s stormwater data collection team for this project. Their field personnel will be identified by name badges, safety vests and/or other items of identification. Each will carry identification and can provide additional site-specific information if necessary. Field personnel will take measurements and use GPS or survey equipment and cameras to collect the data.

Inventory of the Stormwater Management System is conducted to meet the requirements of the County’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit, as required by the Environmental Protection Agency and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The data collected will include features related to the storm drainage system—including manholes, inlets, pipes, culverts, ponds, channels, and outfalls to creeks and streams throughout the County.

Please allow McCormick Taylor’s field personnel access to stormwater system components on your property for the purpose of this data collection. Berkeley County and McCormick Taylor appreciate your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Berkeley County Stormwater at (843) 719-4195 or .

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April 2022

Berkeley County to Pave Seven Dirt-to-Pave Roads in Rural Communitiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, April 29, 2022) – Berkeley County will soon be starting work on its next dirt-to-pave roads package, “7 Roads Project,” in rural communities. This project includes seven roads totaling approximately two miles.

Banks Construction has contracted with the County for the project’s construction. All engineering and inspection services will be completed in-house by Berkeley County’s Roads and Bridges and Engineering departments. The following roads are included in the 7 Roads Project.

•  Cannon Court (Moncks Corner) – 0.206 miles

•  Crest Lane (St. Stephen) – 0.559 miles

•  Harlock Drive (Moncks Corner) –0.156 miles

•  McElveen Avenue (Moncks Corner) – 0.129 miles

•  Memory Lane (Moncks Corner) – 0.286 miles

•  Orvin Street (St. Stephen) - 0.183 miles

•  Upton Road (St. Stephen) - 0.583 miles

The County’s Dirt-to-Pave Program paves dirt/gravel roads, often in rural communities. The County established the Dirt-to-Pave Program in the 2008 One-Cent Sales Tax referendum with 28 dirt/gravel roads identified, totaling 21.5 miles. The 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Program, which County voters passed through a referendum that same year, identified a total of 59 dirt/gravel roads, totaling about 12.6 miles. To date, the County has completed 48 Dirt-to-Pave projects from both referendums.

Each of these seven roads are part of the 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax referendum.

“The Dirt-to-Pave program is an important part of the Penny Sales Tax program and a top priority of my administration and County Council. Each project completed not only adds to the quality of life to those directly affected, but also reduces annual maintenance costs and allows resources to be used elsewhere. Thanks to the TAXPAYER for supporting this program so we can help bring critical infrastructure improvements to our County.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

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Berkeley Animal Center Begins TNVR Community Cat Programclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, April 28, 2022) – At the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, April 25, Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance to implement a TNVR Community Cat Program at Berkeley Animal Center. This program will ensure healthy stray cats and kittens are no longer taken to the shelter. Instead, they will be trapped, neutered/spayed and vaccinated against rabies and returned to where they were found.

The TNVR program is a humane and effective approach to control the stray cat population throughout the County while reducing diseases and common issues related to stray cats. It will also decrease cat admissions to shelters and reduce the euthanasia rate.  

Berkeley Animal Center will have select dates when trapped cats can be brought in for surgeries, vaccines, ear tipping, and microchipping. To perform these surgeries, the Animal Center is partnering with the Massachusetts SPCA, whose staff will be visiting the local shelter next month.  

For more information, please call the Berkeley Animal Center at 843-719-5050 or visit www.berkeleyanimalcenter.org.

“We are confident this program will be highly effective in saving more cats and kittens across our County and helping with our shelter’s overcrowding issue. Thank you to our community for your ongoing support of our shelter animals.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley Animal Center Director

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Berkeley Animal Center Partnering with BCLS for Donation Drive April 11-15click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) – The Berkeley Animal Center has teamed up with Berkeley County Library System to hold a donation drive this month to collect much-needed items for shelter pets.

Items can be dropped off Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15 during normal business hours at the following County library branches:

  • Cane Bay Library - 1655 Cane Bay Boulevard, Summerville (Suite A)
  • Daniel Island Library - 2301 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island
  • Goose Creek Library - 325 Old Moncks Corner Road, Goose Creek
  • Hanahan Library - 1216 Old Murray Court, Hanahan
  • Moncks Corner Library - 1003 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner
  • St. Stephen Library - 113 Ravenell Drive, St. Stephen
  • Sangaree Library - 595 Sangaree Parkway, Summerville

**The Animal Center has an urgent need for dog and cat food.** Other donations needed include pet toys, leashes, dish soap, towels, blankets, and more. Please see complete Wish List attached. An ongoing Amazon Wish List can be found HERE.

Throughout the drive, the Animal Center will also have displays set up at each library location. Resources will be available on pet adoption, dog and cat care, heartworm prevention, and much more.

The Berkeley Animal Center relies on donations from the community to help care for animals awaiting adoptions.

“We couldn’t properly care for our shelter animals without the tremendous support we receive day-in and day-out from our community. Because the County’s population is rapidly growing, our local pet population is, too. This directly impacts our shelter, which continually faces overcrowding and the need for ongoing donations. Our citizens are the heartbeat of Berkeley Animal Center, and we are beyond thankful for their willingness to always provide.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley Animal Center Director

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Berkeley County Seeking Public Comment on Housing & Community Development Needsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, April 1, 2022) – Berkeley County is working to address local housing and community development needs and is seeking the public’s feedback on its FY2022 Annual Action Plan. View the plan HERE.

The Annual Action Plan helps carry out the Berkeley County Consolidated Plan by providing a summary of the actions, activities and funding resources the County needs to annually address the needs and goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. View the Consolidated Plan HERE.

Needs can cover public facilities, economic development, housing, public services, and other eligible activities in unincorporated areas and within participating municipalities within the County. Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved approximately $1.2 million for Berkeley County to use to address these needs.

The Annual Action Plan will be available for public comment for 30 days. Please leave a comment directly on the website using the comment box provided. Hard copies of the plan, including blank pages for comments, will also be available at the welcome desk in the front lobby of the County Administration Building, located at 1003 N. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. Copies will also be placed at Goose Creek City Hall, Moncks Corner Town Hall and Town Halls in Hanahan, Bonneau, Jamestown, and St. Stephen.

Berkeley County will host a public hearing on the plans on Wednesday, April 20, from 5-6 p.m. at the County Administration Building. The public is invited to attend the meeting to share comments and ask questions.

For more information on the plan, go HERE.

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March 2022

Top Country Music Artists to Headline Concert Benefiting Berkeley Animal Centerclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, March 30, 2022) –Top Country music artists Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, with special guest The Cadillac Three, are partnering with Berkeley Animal Center to put on a special benefit concert for the shelter at 7 p.m. on May 12, 2022 at Credit One Stadium in Charleston.

The event is part of a larger initiative, The Bandwagon Tour, which is raising funds for animal shelters across the country. Berkeley Animal Center is the only shelter that was selected from South Carolina.

Berkeley Animal Center will have a table and little red wagon set up at the concert as part of The Bandwagon Tour’s “fill the little red wagon” effort. Animal Center staff and volunteers will be accepting supplies and monetary donations for shelter pets, as well as offering concert-goers a chance to win a pair of upgraded tickets or a Tractor Supply gift card.

Berkeley Animal Center is also giving away two FREE tickets to the concert! Stop by the shelter now through May 10 to register to win. The shelter is located at 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner.

To purchase concert tickets, visit: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D005C25951218D3

We are so fortunate to have been selected for this incredible initiative. Our shelter is always in need of fundraising support and other donations. Because our local citizens continually give of their time, support and finances, our gratitude for them knows no bounds. Now, to see our shelter recognized and supported on a much larger scale—through the universal platform of country music and this nationwide effort— is truly a special honor. Our staff, volunteers, and most importantly our shelter pets are overwhelmingly thankful for this unique partnership opportunity.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley Animal Center Director

About Berkeley Animal Center:

Since 2017, the Berkeley County Animal Center has been committed to maintaining a fiscally responsible, healthy, safe and loving environment for rescued, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals of Berkeley County. The shelter is a place where animals receive appropriate care and attention and are treated with dignity and respect as staff pursues placing them into safe, lifelong homes. We strive to place every adoptable animal in a safe and loving home or rescue group. For more information, visit Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook or at www.berkeleyanimalcenter.org.

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Seven Farms Drive Resurfacing Project Nearing Completion on Daniel Islandclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, March 28, 2022) – Berkeley County’s Daniel Island Resurfacing Project is on track for its anticipated completion date of April 1, 2022, weather permitting. Project construction began on February 28.

The project includes milling and resurfacing Seven Farms Drive, along with pedestrian enhancements at the intersection/entrance to the Publix grocery store—located between River Landing Drive and Island Park Drive.

Berkeley County contracted with Banks Construction to resurface Seven Farms Drive from Island Park Drive to near the traffic circle at Daniel Island Road. CDM Smith is managing the construction activities and performing project inspection on behalf of the County.

Total cost of the project is approximately $554,500, including a change order issued for $210,640 for the pedestrian improvements on Seven Farms Road (at the Publix entrance drive). The change order is being covered by The City of Charleston. A majority of project funding is stemming from County Transportation Committee (CTC) funds.

The S.C. Department of Transportation allocates CTC funds for the purpose of helping fund local transportation projects and improvements to state and county roads. CTC funds stem from a portion of the state gasoline tax, and those funds are distributed annually to each of the state’s 46 counties based on population and other factors.

“The single biggest concern we hear throughout the County involves roads. Though we have much work to do, we are excited every time progress is made and understand fully the positive impacts of successful infrastructure projects. Berkeley County will continue to work with all partners, to include our valued constituents, to identify needs and address any and all infrastructure issues. I’d like to personally thank Danny Thrower, Frank Carson and Tom O’Brien who work diligently at the staff level every day to make these projects happen and for their service on the County Transportation Committee. By working as a TEAM with the determination and urgency needed, we will continue to see positive infrastructure improvements in our communities and County.”

-Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

Under this construction contract, Seven Farms Drive is one of more than 40 local roads, using CTC funding, to be resurfaced throughout Berkeley County. More information on these additional roadway improvement projects is forthcoming.

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Berkeley County Opening NEW Luken Road Convenience Center Site March 16click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, March 15, 2022) – Berkeley County announces the opening of its new Luken Road Convenience Center site, located at 275 Luken Road in Hanahan. The site will open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 andservethe County’s unincorporated areas of Hanahan and Goose Creek.

The County, along with local municipalities, celebrated a ribbon-cutting event for the new Convenience Center on Monday, March 14. This is the County’s 10th Convenience Center site.

The Luken Road facility will be OPEN to the public from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, excluding certain holidays; the site will be CLOSED on Thursdays and Sundays.

All Berkeley County Convenience Centers are for Berkeley County residents only, and you MUST show a valid ID, Driver’s License, Passport or Military ID to utilize the sites. County Convenience Centers are for residential waste only; commercial waste will NOT be accepted at any Convenience Center location. Commercial waste is accepted at the Berkeley County Landfill.

For a complete listing and schedule of all Berkeley County Convenience Center sites, go HERE.

“We are excited to open Berkeley County’s newest Convenience Center in a region that will provide more convenient access to residents for their waste needs. We are also looking forward to the relief this new location will provide to residents using our Oakley Road Convenience Center, which consistently rates as the highest used site in the County.” –Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

Supervisor Johnny Cribb speaks at the ribbon-cutting event on March 14. He is joined by family of former County Councilman Kevin Cox, who passed away in 2019. Cox always had a vision for a new Convenience Center in the Luken Road area.

Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater delivers remarks at the ribbon-cutting event.

Goose Creek Mayor Greg Habib addresses the crowd at the ribbon-cutting event.

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Swamp Fox Passage Reclamation Project Ribbon-Cutting March 11click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, March 8, 2022) – The Francis Marion National Forest is pleased to announce the completion of the Swamp Fox Passage Reclamation Project. What started as a simple partnership between the Francis Marion National Forest and Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District in 2017 evolved into a comprehensive, five-year project involving nine partners across the Lowcountry.

To recognize this achievement and show our gratitude to those involved, the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a ribbon-cutting event at the Highway 52 trailhead at 10:30 am on March 11. The rain or shine event will highlight the completed work and be followed by an optional trail hike so attendees can see the improvements firsthand. 

Location drop pin: (https://goo.gl/maps/C44U7WNcgu9YYoNr9)

"In broad terms, the goal of the project was to improve recreational opportunities on public lands in the greater Berkeley County area. As the scope of the project grew, so did the willingness for others to participate. “The Francis Marion National Forest is a remarkable resource for Berkeley County.  It is exciting that such an incredible partnership has come together to make the Swamp Fox Passage a signature part of the Palmetto Trail and a destination for families to enjoy this wonderful outdoor environment,” said Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner Barry Jurs.

At 47 miles, the Swamp Fox Passage is the longest section of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. The passage traverses four distinct ecosystems through Francis Marion National Forest, including swamps made famous as hideouts of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Mature long-leaf pine forests are home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Grassy savannas with abundant wildlife border Dog Swamp and Turkey Creek and a cypress pool footbridge offers excellent views of the impressive Wadboo Swamp.

Swamp Fox Passage Reclamation project highlights:
  • Swamp Fox Passage
    • Improvements to three miles of trail that bisect numerous wetlands between Highway 52 and 17A.
    • Constructed 1342 feet of turnpikes
    • Constructed 863 feet of boardwalks
  • Swamp Fox trailhead improvements at 17A & Hwy. 52
    • Expanded, leveled, and graveled parking area
    • Installed an information kiosk and parking barriers
  • Wadboo Canoe Trail improvements
    • Posted navigational trail signs from trailhead to Highway 402
    • Removed waterway hazards such as logs and woody debris

Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Title II funding provided the initial $241,000 to kickstart the project. Over its lifespan, that funding was supplemented by grant money, donated materials, and valuable volunteer hours. SRS Title II funds are United States Forest Service funds generated through multi-use activities, such as grazing, timber production, and special use permits, which are distributed to eligible counties to help maintain local roads and schools. Title II funds are retained by the Forest Service and are allocated to specific projects that have been reviewed and recommended by a local Resource Advisory Committee.

“Berkeley County is incredibly thankful to our state for Title II funding that trickles down and greatly benefits counties and their citizens. The Swamp Fox Passage will ultimately enhance tourism and quality of life opportunities for locals and tourists alike. Recreational success stories like this one are something our county leaders and elected officials will always champion and support,”said Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb.

"The project could not have been completed without the participation and dedication of a multitude of partners and organizations such as Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District, Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), Santee Cooper, and Berkeley County Roads and Bridges. “It takes partnerships to make great things happen,” said PCF director Mary Roe.

Berkeley County Announces Candidate Filing Info. for 2022 General Electionclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, March 7, 2022) – Any candidate who is seeking a political party’s nomination for a local, state or federal seat in the 2022 General Election may file for office starting at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Filing will close at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Each candidate must file with the appropriate County Board of Voter Registration & Elections Office or the South Carolina Election Commission.

The following local, state, and Congressional offices are up for election this year:

  • Berkeley County Council: Districts 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
  • Other Berkeley County offices: Sheriff, Probate Judge, Clerk of Court, Coroner, County Supervisor, and Register of Deeds
  • All S.C. House Representative districts within Berkeley County: Districts 15, 92, 95, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103 & 117
  • U.S. Congressional offices: Districts 1 & 6

All candidate filing forms and fees can be found at scvotes.gov and/or at the appropriate County Elections Office associated with the specific office a candidate is seeking.

The Berkeley County Voter Registration & Elections Office, located at 1003 N. U.S. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner, will be open for filing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SEC filing hours will be weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Candidates are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission HERE.

For more information on candidate filing, visit scvotes.gov or the Berkeley County Voter Registration & Election Office department page.

S.C. Primary Elections are Tuesday, June 14, 2022. The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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CSX Closing Multiple Railroad Crossings in Moncks Corner for Maintenanceclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, March 2, 2022) – CSX Transportation has scheduled the closure of multiple railroad crossings this month in Moncks Corner to allow for crews to conduct routine maintenance and track repairs. Closures are anticipated to begin Monday, March 14, 2022 and be completed by Monday, March 21, 2022 in Moncks Corner.

Work is also occurring in Charleston and Williamsburg Counties, with all CSX repairs expected to be completed by March 28.

Moncks Corner locations and corresponding closure dates are labeled on the attached map. Each crossing will be closed two to five days depending on the maintenance work that needs to be performed. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Detours will be in place, and motorists are urged to follow all detour signage.

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February 2022

Berkeley County Begins Daniel Island Resurfacing Project on Seven Farms Driveclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, February 28, 2022) – Berkeley County began work on the Seven Farms Drive resurfacing project on Daniel Island today, Monday, February 28. Banks Construction Company has been contracted by Berkeley County to resurface Seven Farms Drive from Island Park Road to near the traffic circle at Daniel Island Road. CDM Smith will be managing the construction activities and performing project inspection on behalf of Berkeley County.

The resurfacing project also includes pedestrian enhancements at the intersection/entrance to the Publix grocery store located between River Land Drive and Island Park Drive. See below for anticipated order of project work items and approximate dates associated with each item:

  • Pedestrian enhancements at Publix’s entrance drive: February 28 – March 11 (daytime work)
  • Milling and resurfacing of Seven Farms Drive: March 13 – March 25(nighttime work)
  • Milling and resurfacing of Seven Farms Drive will be conducted at night to minimize traffic impacts and impacts to commercial district operations. Nighttime lane closures and work activities will take place nightly between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Final items/project clean-up, as needed: March 28 – April 1 (daytime work)

On-street parking will be prohibited during the nighttime milling and resurfacing operations and Banks Construction will coordinate with Daniel Island Property Owners' Association and local law enforcement to provide ample public notification prior to commencing this work. The Seven Farms Drive improvements are expected to take approximately four to five weeks, with an estimated completion date of April 1. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Under this construction contract, Seven Farms Drive is one of more than 40 local roads to be resurfaced throughout Berkeley County. More information on these additional roadway improvement projects will be forthcoming.

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Berkeley Animal Center Receives $50,000 PetSmart Charities® Grantclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, February 25, 2022) – Berkeley Animal Center has received a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to help prepare more Berkeley County shelter animals for adoption. Some five million pets make their way into shelters each year in the U.S. With the help of this grant, the organization will be able to better fund adoption preparation procedures and continue meeting the Animal Center’s top goal of proper animal care.

Specifically, this grant money will allow the Animal Center to offer more adoptable animals and offsite events for the public and assist with the cost of each animal’s spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, deworming and testing. As the County's only animal shelter, the Berkeley Animal Center’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs across the County. The shelter annually takes in more than 6,000 stray, abandoned, and lost animals.

“We are incredibly thankful for this grant and the support to fund the increasing crucial spay/neuter surgeries. Our shelter has seen an increase in animal intake since opening in 2017.  We have gone from an intake of 2,000 animals to 6,200 animals; and we expect this number to continue to increase. This money will help our shelter battle the over-population. Berkeley County continues to seek out efforts to meet the needs of animals in Berkeley County. Contributions like this are helping not only the animal shelter, but the entire County.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Director

“We’re proud to support the Berkley Animal Center and the important work they do. The decision to give a pet a new home and people to love is a beautiful gift.  We’re happy to ensure each one gets off to a healthy start by receiving all the preventative care they need.” -Heidi Fulcher, Adoptions Grants Manager at PetSmart Charities

About Berkeley Animal Center

Since 2017, the Berkeley County Animal Center has been committed to maintaining a fiscally responsible, healthy, safe and loving environment for rescued, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals of Berkeley County. The shelter is a place where animals receive appropriate care and attention and are treated with dignity and respect as staff pursues placing them into safe, lifelong homes. We strive to place every adoptable animal in a safe and loving home or rescue group. For more information, visit Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook or at www.berkeleyanimalcenter.org.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps up to 600,000 pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and emergency relief. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, while shopping at PetSmart.com, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart® stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: @PetSmartCharities

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Berkeley County to Host ‘Working Wednesdays’ at BCLS Locationsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, February 24, 2022) – Starting next month, Berkeley County Government will be partnering with Berkeley County Library System (BCLS) to host a new monthly initiative called “Working Wednesdays” to help connect citizens with open positions with Berkeley County Government.

Each month, there will be an event at a different library branch around the County. All events will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See below for exact dates and locations.

  • Wednesday, March 2: Moncks Corner Library, 1003 N. Hwy. 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Wednesday, April 6: St. Stephen Library, 113 Ravenell Drive, St. Stephen, SC 29479
  • Wednesday, May 4: Hanahan Library, 1216 Old Murray Drive, Hanahan, SC 29410
  • Wednesday, June 1: Goose Creek Library, 325 Old Moncks Corner Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume to the event(s). There will also be opportunities to apply for open positions on site.

Berkeley County offers competitive pay, state retirement, paid holidays, education reimbursement, and much more. For a complete listing of Berkeley County job openings, visit www.berkeleycountysc.gov > careers.

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Berkeley County Co-Hosting 2022 Tri-County STEMersion Program for Educatorsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, February 22, 2022) — Berkeley County Economic Development, in cooperation with Charleston and Dorchester counties’ Economic Development Offices and the South Carolina Department of Commerce, announces the Fourth Annual Tri-County STEMersion Program to connect educators with area industries.

What: Tri-County STEMersion 2022

When: Registration open now; program will run June 20-30, 2022

Tri-County STEMersion 2022 is a two-week, unique hands-on program for up to 40 middle and high school instructors in the Tri-County. STEMersion ties the world of work to classroom lessons through the inclusion of competencies of local industries, increased knowledge of careers and emphasis on the skill needs of industries.

Throughout the program, educators will visit one or two sites per day and be introduced to local companies’ work environments. They will receive hands-on learning experience and lesson-plan writing. The plans will focus on math, science and soft skills and reinforce why such skills are vital to the Tri-County region’s workforce and economic growth.

STEMersion provides up to a $1,000 stipend for educators. The stipend is based on completed assignments and budget allocations for educators who complete the work-based learning experiences at local industry sites, create lesson plans based on the experiences and agree to integrate the new knowledge into the classroom. Seats are limited. Acceptance letters will be sent out in the spring. To apply, visit berkeleymeansbusiness.com or go HERE.

Hosting industries will accommodate educators on-site for a half- or full-day session and also provide space for creating lesson plans. Industry professionals will be on-hand to help educators in the following ways:

• Include a 30/45-minute tour or detailed discussion of the workflow process

• Provide employee presentations and hands-on experiences

• Offer lunch with candid workforce/talent development conversations

• Reinforce the skills needed for the industries’ workplace

• Participate in STEMersion follow-up sessions with educators and STEMersion planning team

For more information, contact Corey McClary, Workforce Development Manager, at or 843-719-4175.

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Berkeley County Council Passes Redistricting Plan Reflecting Population Growthclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, February 18, 2022) – By unanimous vote at the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, February 14,Council members passed the County’s 2022 Redistricting Plan, reapportioning County Council districts. Watch the full meeting HERE.

Over the last month, leading up to Council’s final vote, the County held three public meetings on the Redistricting Plan. The County also setup an online portal for public comments and feedback on the plan and its associated map. To view the interactive map reflecting changes in County Council districts, go HERE.  

Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the release of new data from the U.S. Census. District boundaries for federal, state and local elected offices are also redrawn to reflect shifting populations and other updated data from the Census.

“We have experienced tremendous growth in our County, making the redistricting process all the more important. It is critical for our residents and districts to be represented equally on County Council, and this process has achieved that. I’d like to thank our residents and stakeholders who contributed feedback throughout the process and my colleagues on County Council for executing the Redistricting Plan in a way that will allow for optimal engagement between our valued citizens and County Council. I’d also like to thank members of Berkeley County GIS and our Voter Registration and Elections Director, Ms. Rose Brown, for their valued skill and input.” - Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

“The County’s redistricting map is the product of a robust and thoughtful process, which prioritized the needs of our residents. I am proud of this map as it represents bipartisanship and was achieved through consensus, hard work and an intentional effort to decrease voter confusion.” -Councilman Josh Whitley, District 2, Redistricting Committee Chair

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Berkeley County Using Proper Due Process to Rezone Property in Cordesvilleclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, February 15, 2022) – Berkeley County is working to rezone specific parcels in the Cordesville community to remedy possible procedural errors from the late 1990s. In order to reach this goal, the County’s Planning and Zoning Department is utilizing proper due process and actively engaging with Cordesville property owners.

The zoning to be remedied in the Cordesville community is Preservation Residential (R-15) Zoning. There are a total of 62 parcels affected by this R-15 zoning; many of which are also split-zoned R-15 and Agricultural (Flex-1) Zoning. The County is currently waiving the $250 rezoning application fee for any affected property owner who would like to pursue an alternative zoning designation. Please see the different Rural Zoning Districts below:

  • Preservation Residential (R-15) Zoning: Maximum density is one (1) principal dwelling unit per 15 acres with allowances for up to two accessory dwellings per principal dwelling.  The minimum lot size upon subdivision is 15 acres.  Certain agricultural and institutional uses are also permitted.
  • Agricultural (Flex-1) Zoning: Maximum density is two (2) dwelling units per acre with a maximum of four (4).  The minimum lot size upon subdivision is 30,000 square feet.   Agricultural uses are permitted. Commercial event venue, mining, campground, and other uses are supported as conditional or special exception uses. 
  • Rural Single-Family Residential (R1-R) District: Maximum density is one (1) principal dwelling per 1 acre; no explicit cap.  Minimum lot size upon subdivision is 2 acres.  Manufactured homes are a prohibited housing type.  Certain agricultural uses are supported subject to applicable conditions.
  • Rural Manufactured Residential (R2-R) District: Maximum density is one (1) principal dwelling per 1 acre; no explicit cap.  Minimum lot size upon subdivision is 2 acres.  Certain agricultural uses are supported subject to applicable conditions.
  • Mobile Home Rural Farm Residential (R2-R(F)) District.  Maximum density is one (1) principal dwelling per 1 acre; no explicit cap.  Minimum lot size upon subdivision is 1 acre.  This district is intended for hobby farms, supporting a variety of agricultural uses subject to applicable conditions.

State law mandates the process to amend the Official Zoning Map (a “rezoning”) and typically takes about five months from the date an application is submitted. County Council has the final decision-making authority on all rezoning requests; if adopted, the request will go into effect via ordinance at Council’s third and final reading. For more information on the County’s rezoning process, visit the Planning and Zoning departmental page online.

Affected property owners are encouraged to contact the Berkeley County Planning and Zoning Department at 843-719-4095 or to discuss their options and the rezoning process. The County will also be sending out informational mailers to affected property owners’ legal addresses. The mailers will also contain an application for rezoning. Once received, the requests will be published to the County website under upcoming Planning Commission agendas (and posted with a yellow public meeting sign). 

The County is also holding public meetings on its One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, February 17. Stakeholders who have an interest in how the County grows over the next 20 years are encouraged to attend. For more information, go HERE.

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New AT&T Mobile Broadband Sites Installed Across Berkeley Countyclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, February 8, 2022) – Mobile broadband coverage has enhanced across Berkeley County, thanks to AT&T installing additional cell tower sites across the area in the last two years. The sites allow for improved mobile broadband coverage and faster, more reliable service for FirstNet subscribers and all AT&T customers, whether residents or businesses.

Specifically, new mobile broadband sites have been added in Bonneau, Cross, Huger, Jamestown, Monks Corner, North Charleston and St. Stephen. Another roughly 40 sites throughout the County have received upgrades, allowing additional capacity and faster speeds or greater capability.

Read more about the large-scale AT&T initiative HERE.

“Berkeley County is committed to improving the quality of life for our residents and resources for our business community. Access to mobile broadband is critical in today’s world; therefore, enhancing cell phone service and connectivity Countywide is just one way we can meet that top priority.” -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

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Berkeley County to Host Public Meetings on One Berkeley Comp. Plan Feb. 17click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, February 2, 2022) – Berkeley County will host its final set of public meetings for the One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan update on Thursday, February 17, 2022. Meetings will be a drop-in style format from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Berkeley County Administration Building (Assembly Room): 1003 N. Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Timberland High School (Cafeteria): 1418 Gravel Hill Road, St. Stephen, SC 29479
  • Philip Simmons Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room): 2095 Seven Sticks Drive, Wando, SC 29492
  • Cross Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room): 1325 Ranger Drive, Cross, SC 29436

At the meetings, the One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan team will share a number of scenarios regarding how the County could grow in the future. After months of study, analysis and public input by the team, it is critical that residents provide feedback on the preferred path forward and help shape their County’s future. Presentations on the scenarios will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at each location. For those who wish to participate virtually, the presentations will take place simultaneously via Zoom. To participate via Zoom, please register HERE.

Each of the growth scenarios, which have been developed through deep analysis of wide-ranging data, demonstrates how the development of land uses in different patterns impact the efficiency and costs of providing services and deployment of infrastructure.

During the upcoming meetings, residents and stakeholders will be able to:

  • Learn about the future scenarios for Berkeley County growth
  • Ask questions of the consultant team and County staff
  • Provide interactive feedback on the County’s direction

The One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan update is an opportunity for residents to create a roadmap for the County’s future. The County chose the One Berkeley name to stress the importance of creating a plan that highlights the holistic future for the County. The Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years and reinforces a county-wide vision for things like housing, economic development, transportation and much more.

“The One Berkeley team has been hard at work building our future scenarios guided by an enormous amount of data, stakeholder engagement and citizen input. Now, residents’ voices will again play an important role in making the One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan the best it can be. We encourage everyone to participate in person or online.” -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

For more information on the One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan, visit www.OneBerkeley2020.com

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New Season of Popular HGTV Series Featuring Berkeley County Homes Airing Feb. 28click to view complete article

BERKELEY COUNTY (Tuesday, February 1, 2022) – Season Three of HGTV’s popular Rock the Block series, featuring Berkeley County’s Nexton community, is set to air at 9 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022 on HGTV and Discovery+. The mega-hit home renovation competition series will feature houses built by Hunter Quinn Homes. The show will air on Mondays for six consecutive weeks.

The series will again be hosted by popular carpenter, craftsman and design expert Ty Pennington and will showcase four teams of HGTV’s powerhouse experts, who will face-off in a renovation battle for bragging rights and a street named in their honor. Each team will have six weeks and a budget of $225,000 to renovate identical properties and morph them into the ultimate suburban oasis that reflects their distinctive vision and breathtaking design. Rock the Block is produced by Big Table Productions.

While watching Season Three, viewers can interact via social media using #RocktheBlock. They can also follow along on the @HGTV stars’ renovation journeys on their individual Instagram pages. Read more about the upcoming season HERE, including what HGTV stars will appear throughout the season—former New Kids on the Block Jonathan Knight; builder and designer Jasmine Roth (Help! I Wrecked My House); and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab), among others.

Nexton and Hunter Quinn Homes will also be hosting a series of star-studded online watch parties for the premiere episode. Learn more at www.nexton.com. Additionally, an in-person Finale Party—with food trucks, prizes, tours, and more—is in the works! Be on the lookout for more details to be announced as they become available.

ABOUT HGTV and discovery+

HGTV delivers families with relatable stories, superstar real estate and renovation experts and amazing home transformations that inspire a passionate audience. For anyone seeking entertaining and aspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV is the place to be. HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to 79 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of 9.9 million people each month; a social footprint of 27 million; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers; and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV Home® consumer products line. HGTV content also is available on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. Offered on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung, discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon.

Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and TikTok. HGTV is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories, whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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January 2022

CSX Closing Multiple Railroad Crossings in Berkeley County for Maintenanceclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, January 28, 2022) – CSX Transportation has scheduled the closure of multiple railroad crossings in Berkeley County next month for crews to conduct routine maintenance and track repairs. Closures are anticipated to begin Monday, February 7, 2022 and be completed by Monday, February 24, 2022 in Berkeley County.

Maintenance on other railroad crossings in the North Charleston area will coincide with this work. All CSX repairs are expected to be completed by March 3.

Berkeley County locations and corresponding closure dates are labeled on the attached maps. Each crossing will be closed two to five days depending on the maintenance work that needs to be performed. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Detours will be in place, and motorists are urged to follow all detour signage.

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Delayed Openings for Berkeley County Facilities on Saturday, January 22click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, January 22, 2022) – Multiple Berkeley County facilities will have delayed openings tomorrow, Saturday, January 22, 2022, due to the ongoing threat of winter weather. The County Landfill will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The following facilities will be opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday and operating by their normal hours of closing: all County Convenience Centers, Berkeley Animal Center, Berkeley County Library branches, and Cypress Gardens.

All Berkeley County Government Offices, the Courthouse, the County Landfill and all County Convenience Centers will be closing at 3 p.m. today, Friday, January 21. Early Friday closures also include Berkeley Animal Center, Cypress Gardens and all Berkeley County Library branches.

Berkeley County Emergency Management officials and County administration will continue to monitor local weather conditions throughout Friday and will send out more information, if necessary, as it becomes available.

For all County news and updates, visit www.berkeleycountysc.gov and follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook.

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Berkeley County Government Offices Closing Early on Friday, January 21click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, January 20, 2022) – All Berkeley County Government Offices, the Courthouse, the County Landfill and all County Convenience Centers will be closing at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 due to the threat of winter weather.

Early closures on Friday will also include Berkeley Animal Center, Cypress Gardens and all Berkeley County Library branches.

Berkeley County Emergency Management officials and County administration will continue to monitor local weather conditions throughout Friday and will send out any further information, as it becomes available.

For all County news and updates, visit www.berkeleycountysc.gov and follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook.

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Berkeley County Seeking Public Feedback on Redistricting Planclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, January 14, 2022) – Berkeley County is seeking public input on its proposed Redistricting Plan by encouraging citizens to submit comments and/or questions online now through Thursday, January 20, 2022. To view the online submission form, go HERE.

Later this month, Berkeley County is scheduled to hold a second and final public hearing regarding redistricting and reapportioning County Council districts. The public hearing will take place during the regularly scheduled County Council meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022 in the Assembly Room of the County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

During the public hearing, members of the public are invited to comment on the updated map, still in the preliminary stage. To download and view the redistricting map proposal, go HERE.

Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the release of new data from the U.S. Census. District boundaries for federal, state and local elected offices are also redrawn to reflect shifting populations and other updated data from the Census.

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Berkeley County to Hold First of Two Public Hearings on Redistricting Planclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, January 7, 2022) – Berkeley County is scheduled to hold the first of two public hearings regarding redistricting and reapportioning County Council districts. The public hearing will take place during the Council Committee meetings starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022 in the Assembly Room of the County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the release of new data from the U.S. Census. District boundaries for federal, state and local elected offices are also redrawn to reflect shifting populations and other updated data from the Census.

During the public hearing, members of the public are invited to comment on the updated map, still in the preliminary stage. To download and view the redistricting map proposal, go HERE.

A second public hearing, along with third and final reading of the redistricting ordinance, is scheduled to take place at the County Council meeting on Monday, January 24.

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Berkeley County Hosting In-House Job Fair on January 27click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, January 6, 2022) – Berkeley County Government is hosting an in-house job fair for open County positions on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place in the Assembly Room of the Berkeley County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

Members of the public needing a job or seeking a career change are invited to attend. Directors from various departments across Berkeley County Government will be on hand to review resumes and discuss open positions in their individual departments.

Berkeley County offers competitive pay, state retirement, paid holidays, education reimbursement, and much more. For a complete listing of open positions, visit www.berkeleycountysc.gov > Careers.

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December 2021

Berkeley County Announces 2022 Community Development Block Grant Programclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, December 31, 2021) – Berkeley County announces the availability of applications for the 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Applications will be available starting Saturday, January 1, 2022.

This year, funds will cover projects that improve access to public facilities and reduce slum and blight in residential areas. Berkeley County receives CDBG funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund activities that primarily benefit low-and moderate- income (LMI) residents of Berkeley County. These funds are based on a formula for entitled cities and counties. Requests involving federal funds must serve low- and moderate-income areas or persons in unincorporated areas of Berkeley County. Read more about the program HERE.

All applications for CDBG funding must be submitted to and received by the Berkeley County Finance Department by 4 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022. Applications can be found on the Berkeley County website HERE.

It is strongly recommended that all applicants visit the website as soon as possible to allow time to sufficiently complete the applications and request any technical assistance.

For questions regarding CDBG funding, please contact Cecilia Anthony, Grants Specialist, at (843) 719-4766 or .

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Keep Berkeley Beautiful Receives PalmettoPride Annual Support Grantclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, December 15, 2021) – Keep Berkeley Beautiful (KBB) has received PalmettoPride’s Keep South Carolina Beautiful (KSCB) Annual Support Grant for $7,007 to help fund and implement initiatives, programs, and projects designed to increase litter prevention across Berkeley County.

This grant provides local Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliates in South Carolina with a competitive financial opportunity to add additional resources that address specific local litter concerns.

Funds were awarded to KBB for litter programs in the community including numerous roadway and boat landing cleanups.  These are just a few examples of how the support grant addresses litter issues through positive environmental, social, and financial impacts.

“These funds help Keep Berkeley Beautiful sustain or develop strategies and actions that address litter concerns in a fiscally responsible manner. The affiliates receiving these awards are national leaders in sustainable solutions.” -Mallory Coffey, Keep South Carolina Beautiful State Leader

“Supporting organizations like Keep Berkeley Beautiful directly impact the social, economic, and environmental development of local communities.” - Sarah Lyles, PalmettoPride Executive Director

“Keep Berkeley Beautiful’s litter cleanup achievements are a result of the development and investment in solutions our volunteers and residents can be active participants. Thanks to this funding from our partnership with PalmettoPride, training from Keep South Carolina Beautiful, and the support from our local and state elected officials, we can proudly say we are leaders in developing and sustaining clean and beautiful communities.” -Sarah McCarthy Smith, Keep Berkeley Beautiful Executive Director

For more information on KBB, contact Sarah McCarthy Smith at (843) 719-2383 or . For more information on PalmettoPride, email .

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PalmettoPride is working towards a litter-free South Carolina. Created as a legislative initiative to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina by engaging citizens to take action in their communities through education, enforcement, awareness and pickup. Keep South Carolina Beautiful is a division of PalmettoPride and is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. KSCB oversees more than 35 affiliates across the state and provides them with resources, training, guidance, and funding. KSCB is responsible for more than 10% of the Keep America Beautiful national affiliate network growth in the last year.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 700 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

New Roundabout Traffic Pattern Going into Effect at Sangaree Intersection Dec. 3click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, December 2, 2021) – A new roundabout traffic pattern and truck detour is set to go into effect at the intersection of Royle Road and Sangaree Parkway on Friday, December 3. See attached map for truck detour.

This roundabout project is the result of a traffic study conducted by S.C. Department of Transportation. The study determined a roundabout at the intersection will enhance pedestrian safety, reduce traffic speeds through the intersection and require drivers to yield to pedestrians prior to entering the intersection. Also, the new pattern will allow a more efficient flow of traffic.

This new traffic pattern is part of an ongoing roundabout project at the intersection. For more information on the project and updates, visit www.buildingberkeley.com.  

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Berkeley County EMS Now Certified as One of Two EMS Training Centers in SCclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, December 1, 2021) – Berkeley County Emergency Medical Services recently obtained a certification from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to serve as an EMS Training Center site. Only one other EMS agency in South Carolina—Greenville County—holds this same training certification.

Through SC DHEC, Berkeley County EMS also renewed its continuing education program and its agency license, a process that’s completed every two years.

The training certification will allow Berkeley County EMS to host and provide EMT classes for anyone across the state interested in becoming an EMT. Berkeley County EMS already maintains the equipment, systems, and instructional personnel to satisfy all requirements needed to teach EMT classes.

“This is one of several initiatives EMS is pursuing to solve the EMT shortage that has struck all EMS agencies throughout the nation. We can now ‘grow our own’ EMTs. Soon, we will be able to train uncertified candidates to gain their EMT certification and employ these home-grown EMTs right here in Berkeley County.” -Chief Michael Shirey, Berkeley County EMS

Earlier this month, S.C. Governor Henry McMaster announced the creation of the Workforce Scholarships for the Future program, set to go into effect on January 1, 2022. The program will allocate $17 million from the state’s COVID-19 education relief money to cover the cost of two years of technical college training for EMS training and other high-demand jobs in fields like healthcare and manufacturing. Learn more about the program HERE.

Berkeley County EMS is also currently hiring certified paramedics and EMTs. To apply, visit berkeleycountysc.gov > Careers.

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November 2021

Berkeley County, W International to Cut Ribbon on New Center of Excellence Nov. 30click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, November 24, 2021) – Berkeley County Economic Development and W International will celebrate the unveiling of W International’s new state-of-the-art Training Center of Excellence with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 30 at 2 p.m. at W International, located at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek. The Training Center of Excellence is for training individuals in welding, fitting, forklift, and lifting & handling operations.

W International offers a fully accredited NAVSEA welding training program targeted to individuals who are unemployed and/or underemployed, with no prior welding experience. Individuals enrolled in the program are paid to train and undergo eight weeks and 240 training hours. Upon completion of the program, students are guaranteed full employment, and benefits, with W International. 

The welding program’s inaugural class currently has an enrollment of 47 students. The program commenced on October 18, and the first class is scheduled to graduate December 2021. The program already has a wait list of more than 200 individuals.

The Center of Excellence is also driven to support continuing training for W International’s current employees to enhance their skills and create more opportunities for advancement.

Berkeley County is in full support of this unique program, designed to address W International’s workforce needs. W International is also fully committed to supporting other related initiatives for their workforce pipeline, including the Berkeley County School District adult training classes at Timberland and Cross high schools.

At W International we know our greatest strengths come from the people that make up our team. W International is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are able to grow, learn and accomplish better together.” -Michelle Fowler, Chief Administrative Officer for W International

For more information about the Training Center of Excellence, contact . For more information about W International, visit W International (w-international.com).

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Berkeley County to Hold Delinquent Tax Sale December 6 in Nextonclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, November 12, 2021) – Berkeley County will hold its annual Delinquent Tax Sale on Monday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Azalea Ballroom at the Lowcountry Conference Center in Nexton, located at 406 Sigma Drive in Summerville. If additional days are needed, the Tax Sale will continue Tuesday, December 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mobile Home Sale will start after the Land Sale ends.

Tax Year 2020 property taxes must be paid no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to avoid tax sale.

In an effort to practice social distancing due to COVID-19, there will again be an online auction option for bidders, in addition to the live Tax Sale.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, only registered bidders will be permitted into the Tax Sale. **ALL sale money will be collected at the sale.**

REGISTRATION: Registration to participate in the Tax Sale opens Thursday, November 18. Registration MUST be completed no later than 5 p.m. on December 1.  Registration will NOT be permitted on the day of the sale.  Visit berkeleycountysc.gov/taxsale2021 to sign-up for in-person or online bidding.

Masks will NOT be required at the sale but are strongly encouraged.

All real property and mobile homes with delinquent taxes are subject to sale. To avoid sale, all delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties and costs must be received and processed by the County by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3. Only cash, money order, cashier’s check, attorney’s trust/escrow account checks or credit/debit cards (with a .30 cents & 2.50% transaction fee) will be accepted for payment of taxes. NO payments will be accepted the day of the Tax Sale.

Individuals may make payments in one of the following ways:

  • In person (by 5 p.m. Friday, December 3) – at Berkeley County Delinquent Tax Office, located at 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Online – taxes.berkeleycountysc.gov (by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 5)
  • By mail – send to Berkeley County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 6122, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
    • Fed-ex/overnight – send to Berkeley County Tax Collector, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
    • *All mail MUST be postmarked by December 3.

Real and personal property must be advertised prior to the Tax Sale. The listing will be first advertised in the Charleston Post and Courier and made available on the County website on November 18, 2021. The listing will again be advertised in print media and online on November 25 and December 2. The listing will be in the name of the current owner and the defaulting taxpayer, defined by the South Carolina statutes as the owner of record on December 31 of the year preceding the taxable year.

The Mobile Homes listing will be advertised and available online for two consecutive weeks, starting November 25 and December 2.

For a Tax Sale listing of all properties, go HERE (available for viewing starting November 18).

For more information, contact the Berkeley County Delinquent Tax office at (843) 719-4030 (option 5) or email .

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Ribbon-Cutting for Newly Renovated Heritage Room at Cypress Gardens Nov. 8click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, November 5, 2021) – Cypress Gardens will hold a ribbon-cutting and re-opening ceremony for the newly renovated Heritage Room at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 8 at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner. The public is invited to attend.

Like many facilities in the park, the Heritage Room was severely damaged by the historic floods in 2015. A renovated Cypress Gardens reopened in April 2019, but the Heritage Room remained closed, still in need of an extensive overhaul project.

The Heritage Room renovation project began on July 1, 2021. Crews worked to not only brighten up the space but also keep the original cypress tongue-in-groove on the walls. To allow the facility to serve as the original “museum”-style room with artifacts and educational videos, renovations also included the installation of a new projector and 120-inch projector screen for presentations, along with the addition of four new 65-inch televisions. Curtains were also installed on either side of the room as an option to cover up the displays and televisions during events and/or meetings.

The renovations consisted of demolition, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and interior finish work—with a small portion of the interior demolition performed in-house immediately after the 2015 flood. Satchel Construction performed the remainder of the interior renovations and Carrier Construction performed the metal roof panel screw replacement.

Total cost of the renovation project was approximately $215,000. Funding stemmed from a matching S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) grant.

We have long-awaited this exciting day, when the park’s final facility, damaged from the 2015 floods, is fully renovated. Crews have remarkably restored the Heritage Room to its pre-flood glory; and we look forward to again sharing this exclusive space with the community, providing priceless educational opportunities and sharing our unique and valuable County history.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Director

To reserve the Heritage Room for an upcoming event or for questions, please email Amanda Oliver at .

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Berkeley County to Suspend NEW Applications for Emergency Rental Assistanceclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, November 4, 2021) – Berkeley County will suspend any NEW applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program on November 12, 2021. The County will process applications submitted by the 5 p.m. deadline and follow-up with those applicants who still need to submit information.

Berkeley County is currently processing approximately 800 applications in the ERA Program system. Before accepting any new applications, staff needs to ensure there is enough funding available for pending applications. If there is still funding available after processing all applications received by November 12, Berkeley County will re-open the program for new applications.

The ERA Program provides federal assistance to those unable to pay rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All funds are paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. To apply, go HERE.

Berkeley County first opened the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on March 29, 2021 and closed the first round of applications on April 16. A second round opened on June 14. Through the ERA Program, the County has provided over $5.5 million in rental and utility assistance to more than 870 households and helped approximately 300 landlords.

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.023, awarded to Berkeley County by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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October 2021

Berkeley County Encourages Citizens to Take Statewide Survey on Floodingclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, October 27, 2021) – Berkeley County is encouraging its citizens to complete a brief survey from the South Carolina Office of Resilience (SCOR) about area flooding and its impacts.

Survey responses from various citizens and municipalities across South Carolina will help SCOR officials gather ground-level data about when, where, and how South Carolinians experience flooding. Data will be used to develop a Strategic Statewide Resilience & Risk Reduction Plan, which will offer strategies and solutions to counties, cities, and towns to help manage flooding. View more about the plan HERE.

To complete the survey, go HERE.

For updates on disaster recovery, mitigation, and resilience efforts in South Carolina, follow SCOR on social media or visit scor.sc.gov.

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Berkeley County Partnering With School District on Upcoming Job Fairsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (Thursday, October 21, 2021) - Berkeley County Economic Development, in partnership with Berkeley County School District and SC Works, are hosting two upcoming job fairs. See below for more information on dates and locations.

  • Wednesday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Goose Creek
  • Wednesday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berkeley County Administration Building (Assembly Room) in Moncks Corner

Both these events will provide opportunities for Berkeley County industries that are hiring to connect with job-seeking residents and high school seniors. There will be various vendors on hand at each event to help attendees see what local job opportunities are available to them in manufacturing, law enforcement, construction, healthcare and a number of other career fields.

For more information, go HERE.

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Berkeley County To Be Featured in Upcoming Season of HGTV Seriesclick to view complete article

BERKELEY COUNTY (Tuesday, October 12, 2021) – Berkeley County is set to be featured in the upcoming season of HGTV’s popular Rock the Block series. The mega-hit home renovation competition series will specifically take place in the Nexton Community and feature homes built by Nexton’s Hunter Quinn Homes. Rock the Block is scheduled to premiere its new season in early 2022.

The series will again be hosted by popular carpenter, craftsman and design expert Ty Pennington and will showcase four teams of HGTV’s powerhouse experts, who will face-off in a renovation battle for bragging rights and a street named in their honor. Each team will have six weeks and a budget of $225,000 to renovate identical properties and morph them into the ultimate suburban oasis that reflects their distinctive vision and breathtaking design. Rock the Block is produced by Big Table Productions.

ABOUT HGTV and discovery+

HGTV delivers families with relatable stories, superstar real estate and renovation experts and amazing home transformations that inspire a passionate audience. For anyone seeking entertaining and aspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV is the place to be. HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to 79 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of 9.9 million people each month; a social footprint of 27 million; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers; and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV Home® consumer products line. HGTV content also is available on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. Offered on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung, discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon.

Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and TikTok. HGTV is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories, whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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September 2021

Keep Berkeley Beautiful Wins Multiple State-Level Awardsclick to view complete article

Michael Huff, Principal of Philip Simmons Elementary, wins the Outstanding Performance Educator award

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, September 27, 2021) – Keep Berkeley Beautiful (KBB) is the proud recipient of four prestigious state-level awards that were announced September 8 at the 2021 S.C. Litter Control Association/Keep South Carolina Beautiful Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach.

Keep Berkeley Beautiful received the following awards:

  • Affiliate Recognition Award as a chapter of Keep S.C. Beautiful
  • Outstanding Performance in Advertising and Marketing for KBB’s “Get Outside and Keep Berkeley Beautiful” Campaign
  • Outstanding Performance Educator, presented to Philip Simmons Elementary School Principal Michael Huff
  • Outstanding Performance Affiliate Community Partnership Award for KBB’s work with Santee Cooper

Keep Berkeley Beautiful is a local chapter of the umbrella organizations PalmettoPride/Keep SC Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful and was commissioned by Berkeley County Council in 2017. The local chapter helps combat litter and promote awareness about litter removal efforts and recycling across Berkeley County through anti-litter education efforts, roadway and waterway cleanups, recycling advocacy and programming, beautification and youth participation initiatives.

Keep Berkeley Beautiful is grateful for its many partners who champion environmental stewardship. A clean and beautiful Berkeley County is what we aim for today, tomorrow, and for years to come. -Sarah McCarthy-Smith, Berkeley County Recycling Coordinator

For more information on Keep Berkeley Beautiful or the Beautiful Berkeley Gateways, contact Sarah McCarthy-Smith at 843-719-2383. Also, visit www.keepberkeleybeautifulsc.org and follow KBB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Berkeley County First Responders Honored at Charleston Battery’s Hometown Heroes Nightclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, September 23, 2021) – As part of The Charleston Battery’s special Hometown Heroes Night on Wednesday, September 22 at Patriots Point, more than a dozen first responders from various agencies across Berkeley County were honored for their service and dedication to the community. They were recognized during the match’s halftime segment. First responders stemmed from Berkeley County EMS, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Berkeley County 911, Goose Creek Fire Department, C&B Fire Department, and Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. (See photos attached courtesy of The Charleston Battery.)

The first responders were specifically applauded for their life-saving work in connection to two separate cardiac arrest calls over the summer. The first incident, which occurred on July 14, involved a 36-year-old male patient. Two days later, on July 16, deputies responded to a 76-year-old male patient. Each patient was resuscitated and treated by emergency personnel, transported to Trident Medical Center, and later released in good condition.

These two cases demonstrate how our diverse, expert team, including 911 Dispatchers, Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, Berkeley County EMTs and Paramedics work together to save lives. I am extremely proud of all of these responders, and they should be proud, too, knowing their hard work and expert care has given these two patients and their families more time together. This is why we do this job. -Berkeley County Chief of EMS Michael Shirey

I’m beyond proud of the life-saving efforts displayed by our deputies and all first responders involved in these two incidents. It’s not only critical for our first responders to be adequately trained and ready to respond to emergencies in a timely manner, but also for them to collaborate on scene to properly care for each patient. Every second matters in an emergency situation, and Berkeley County is lucky to have such hardworking and dedicated first responders serving their communities. -Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis

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Michael Shirey Named New Chief of Berkeley County EMSclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, September 22, 2021) – Michael Shirey has been named the new Chief of Berkeley County Emergency Medical Services. Shirey’s first official day in the new position was Monday, September 20, 2021. Shirey has been serving as Interim EMS Chief since October 2020. Prior to that, he filled the role of Compliance Chief for the agency.

Shirey has been employed with Berkeley County since 2016. He is a veteran paramedic with 26 years of experience in the EMS and Emergency Management career field. He began his EMS career as an EMT in Charleston County, earning his paramedic certification in 1996 and eventually securing a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Shirey was later recruited to Trident Health System as an EMS liaison and was responsible for improving relationships between hospitals and EMS agencies, a project hailed for its broad scope of success. He was also charged with leading all physical security and Emergency Management preparation and response for all three campuses of the Trident Health hospital system.

Over the years, Shirey has been involved in Tactical EMS response, Hazardous Materials – EMS response and training, peer-to-peer support, and disaster preparedness training—which he’s delivered to various agencies across the state.

With the goal of inspiring and training more homegrown EMTs for Berkeley County, Shirey has also been integral in developing and helping lead the County’s EMS Explorer Program—one of the only organizations of its kind in the state—and coordinates with the EMS development program at Cane Bay High School. He has also been a key part of the team responsible for Berkeley County’s COVID-19 planning and operations.

Berkeley County EMS will continue to efficiently and effectively operate under Michael Shirey’s leadership. His skill and passion for emergency care is unmatched; his dedication to service above self over the years has not only helped train countless numbers of paramedics and EMTs but also helped serve countless individuals and families in their time of need. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

I am very proud and excited to lead such a dedicated group of skilled healthcare providers here in Berkeley County. Our commitment to ‘Making a Healthier, Better Berkeley’ relies upon our amazing EMTs and Paramedics performing at their best; and I view my job as making sure they have everything they need to be the best. Our team, working with our allied responders in 911 Dispatch, the fire service and law enforcement, will continue to provide (and improve on) high quality, ‘moving medicine’ that the citizens and visitors of Berkeley County expect and deserve. -Michael Shirey, Chief of Berkeley County EMS

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Berkeley County EMS Receives Prestigious Mission: LifeLine® Gold Plus Awardclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, September 14, 2021) – For the third consecutive year, Berkeley County EMS achieved the Mission LifeLine® Gold Plus Award, which the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition Program hands out each year. Berkeley County EMS received the Mission: LifeLine® Silver Plus Award in 2018. EMS was recognized at the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, September 13. Watch the meeting livestream HERE.

The unique Mission: Lifeline® initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS Recognition Program recognizes EMS agencies for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from “the awaiting hospital personnel.”

More specifically, in order to achieve the Gold Plus recognition, Berkeley County EMS had to assess a patient with non-traumatic chest pain, capture a 12-lead EKG, and within 10 minutes of the incident, transmit the EKG results to the appropriate chest pain center. Additionally, EMS crews had to transport the patient—having had the appropriate treatment of restored blood flow back to the heart—to the necessary medical facility within 90 minutes of the incident.

According to the American Heart Association, each year more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack—caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart—which requires timely treatment.

The Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award is confirmation of something we already know—our EMTs and Paramedics are out there every day delivering high-quality healthcare in a challenging environment. The performance measures they had to meet to achieve this recognition are not easy; but despite the challenges we faced this past year, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, they performed amazingly. I could not be more proud of our EMTs and Paramedics. They are an awe-inspiring team, who, along with our hospital partners, are not just saving lives but improving the quality of the lives they serve. -Berkeley County EMS Assistant Chief Michael Shirey

Learn more HERE about the Mission: LifeLine® EMS Program.

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Berkeley County EMS Canine Assistance Support Team Visits Moncks Corner Medical Centerclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Wednesday, September 1, 2021) — Berkeley County EMS and its new Canine Assistance Support Team (CAST)—the first of its kind for an EMS agency in the Lowcountry—visited staff at Moncks Corner Medical Center on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The canines provided a mental health boost to healthcare workers serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and helped show appreciation for their work as the hospital celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The Canine Assistance Support Team is comprised of Darby, a 3-year-old black Australian Shepherd/Lab mix—whose EMS handler is Compliance Chief Edward Roth—and Scarlett, a 1-year-old black Lab—whose handler is Battalion Chief James Anderson. The dogs joined Berkeley County EMS about two months ago; they were donated by Companions For Heroes, a nonprofit organization created to help service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  

Both dogs are available to help with critical incident stress calls handled by local first responder agencies, hospitals and/or mental health facilities. The canines are also trained to assist any Berkeley County EMS staff member, dispatcher, local first responder, or County employee dealing with varying levels of emotional stress or grief. Each dog is required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of training.

(The canines) fill a lot of gaps, and people are comfortable with dogs. We can’t afford to lose a firefighter and paramedic every day. Everybody has the scars no one can see. Hopefully, the dogs kind of bridge that gap between the (critical incident) scene and getting that mental health boost. The message is, ‘It’s OK to not be OK.’ -Edward Roth, Berkeley County EMS Compliance Chief

As busy as we are now (at EMS), it would be very easy for us to go from one awful call right into the next one; jumping from those extremes really is mentally exhausting; it’s certainly not good for the crew and especially not good for the next patient. We know that first responders have a higher rate of suicide. The days of bottling it up are over. -Michael Shirey, Berkeley County Assistant Chief of EMS

Pictured left to right: Battalion Chief James Anderson and his dog Scarlett; Compliance Chief Edward Roth with his dog Darby

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August 2021

Berkeley County, Santee Cooper To Hold Mega Boat Landing Groundbreakingclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, August 30, 2021) – Berkeley County, in partnership with Santee Cooper, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mega Boat Landing project on Thursday, September 2, at 10 a.m. at 933 Broughton Road in Moncks Corner. The public is invited to attend.

Formerly the Atkins Boat Landing/Lions Beach site, the project site spans approximately 14 acres on Lake Moultrie. Project plans include renovating and expanding the property to include the following improvements:

  • Six new boat launch ramps and a dock protected by a new breakwater
  • Event pavilion
  • Walking trail
  • Approximately 180 boat trailer parking spaces
  • Approximately 180 passenger vehicle spaces
  • Additionally, there will be a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office outpost dock for deputies to respond to lake emergencies.

Santee Cooper will design and permit the project’s marine elements, including the docks and breakwater. Berkeley County Engineering will permit the design plans in cooperation with the Town of Moncks Corner and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Berkeley County Roads and Bridges will perform all work on the land/parking lot. The proposed site plan for land use went before the Town of Moncks Corner Board of Zoning Appeals on July 6 and was unanimously approved.

Funding for the project is being provided by the Berkeley County Delegation “Water Recreation Funds” and also from the Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Committee, with additional costs being offset by work performed in-house by Berkeley County and Santee Cooper. On March 22, 2021 Santee Cooper’s Board of Directors approved a long-term gratis lease to Berkeley County for the project.

This project is expected to be complete by Fall 2022.

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Berkeley County Holds Groundbreaking for U.S. 176 Widening Project Phase 1click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Friday, August 27, 2021) — Berkeley County joined state and community leaders on Friday, August 27 to break ground on the U.S. 176 Widening Project Phase 1. The ceremony took place in front of Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital, which is located along U.S. 176 and is included within the project limits.

U.S. 176 Phase 1 consists of widening U.S. 176 from US 17-A to Nexton Parkway Extension, from two to five lanes with raised medians and turn lanes and sidewalks on both sides. Initially, utilities will be relocated throughout the project limits in order to make room for roadway improvements. The public is urged to drive with caution through the work zones. See map attached.

The project, estimated to cost approximately $53 million, is being funded by the 2014 One Cent Sale Tax Referendum.

Bids for the project were received on April 6, 2021 and the contract was awarded to L. Dan Weaver Company. Infrastructure, Consulting & Engineering (ICE) is providing project management and inspection; design work was completed by Mead & Hunt. The project is expected to take about four years to complete.

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Berkeley County Seeks Public Input on American Rescue Plan, Survey Availableclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Friday, August 19, 2021)—Berkeley County has received approximately $44.2 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury in connection to the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The funds are provided to the County to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger economy during recovery.

The County received half of the funds in May 2021 and will receive the remaining funds in 2022.

In order to help determine how best to allocate the funding, the County is encouraging Berkeley County residents (with a valid address) to address their funding needs by participating in a survey now through September 30. The survey explains five different funding categories allowed under the American Rescue Plan Act. Take the survey HERE.

*The survey is limited to one per household.*

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Berkeley County Celebrates the Opening of Berkeley Preparatory Academyclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, August 13, 2021) – Berkeley County joined with state and local leaders, school officials and community members to celebrate the grand opening of Berkeley Preparatory Academy during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the campus on Thursday, August 12. Berkeley Preparatory Academy is located at 122 Bee Tree Boulevard in Summerville.

Governor Henry McMaster served as the event’s guest speaker, along with Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb; Dr. William Roach, Berkeley Preparatory Academy Principal; Dr. Dr. Stewart Weinberg, President of the Berkeley Charter Education Association; and Mr. Jon Hage, CEO of Charter Schools USA. Mr. Cameron Runyan, Superintendent of the Charter Institute at Erskine, was also in attendance.

Berkeley Preparatory School is a K-6 tuition-free, public charter school authorized by the Charter Institute at Erskine. There are currently 615 students enrolled in the school. First day of classes will be Monday, August 16.

"I am so excited to start this inaugural year with all of you! We are literally setting history for BPA with everything we do. Everything this year will be a first for BPA and each of you has the privilege to be a part of that. We have assembled a phenomenal staff that is dedicated to helping each of our student’s growth physically, mentally, social/emotionally, and academically. -Berkeley Preparatory Academy Principal Dr. William Roach

Congratulations to all involved for helping to make this happen. This project will help significantly in an area of the County where classroom space is a premium. Berkeley Preparatory Academy is a shining example of different entities working together to positively impact the quality of life for our residents. -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

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Berkeley County Holds Groundbreaking for Henry E. Brown Jr. Blvd. Phase 2click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, August 11, 2021) – Berkeley County joined state and community leaders on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 to break ground on the Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard Phase 2 Improvements Project. See photo attached.

This project consists of improvements to approximately four miles of Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard, from Liberty Hall Road to U.S. 52. See map attached. The project will increase capacity, improve safety, and provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The roadway will be widened from a two-lane section to three-lane section that includes a multi-use path, raised landscaped medians, painted medians, and dedicated left turn lanes at key intersections within the project limits. Montague Plantation Road will be widened from a two-lane section to a four-lane section with a multi-use path and sidewalk. Additionally, the project will include major improvements to the intersection at U.S. 52, Montague Plantation Road, and Old Mount Holly Road.

On June 28, Berkeley County Council awarded the construction contract to J.R. Wilson Company for approximately $23 million. Seamon Whiteside designed the project; Infrastructure, Consulting and Engineering (ICE) will be providing project management and inspection. The project is expected to take three years to complete and will start with clearing the new road right-of-way, the installation of erosion control devices, and utility relocations. The public is urged to drive with caution throughout the duration of the project.

This improvement project is funded from the 2008 and 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Referendums. Bids for the project were received on June 16, 2021.

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Nexton Parkway Extension (Spine Road C) Opens in Cane Bayclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, August 6, 2021) – Berkeley County celebrated the official opening of the Cane Bay Spine Road C (Nexton Parkway Extension) project on Friday, August 6, 2021. A ribbon-cutting event took place at the intersection of U.S. 176 and Nexton Parkway/Nexton Parkway Extension. See photo attached.

Spine Road C was completed by Gulf Stream Construction and funded by the developer, Gramling Brothers. This project included the extension of Nexton Parkway and its associated multi-use pathway into the Cane Bay development; completing the third planned leg of the roundabout on Cane Bay Boulevard near Cane Bay area schools; and improving/installing signage, pavement markings, and pedestrian beacons in and around the roundabout.

Spine Road C ties into the U.S. 176/Nexton Parkway Intersection Improvement project, which was completed and opened to traffic in May 2020. The U.S. 176/Nexton Parkway Intersection Improvement project was constructed by Landmark Construction and funded by the County’s One-Cent Sales Tax Program; Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering (ICE) assisted Berkeley County with project management and inspection of the project.

The U.S. 176/Nexton Parkway Intersection Improvement project consisted of the following work: connecting Nexton Parkway to U.S. 176; improvements and turn lanes on U.S. 176; and the associated intersection signalization. The signals were activated today with the official opening of Spine Road C (Nexton Parkway Extension).

There are also plans to widen U.S. 176 from two to four lanes with dedicated turn lanes, from U.S. 17-A to the intersection of U.S. 176 and Nexton Parkway/Nexton Parkway Extension. Berkeley County Council awarded the contract for this additional project, known as U.S. 176 Widening Phase I, at the Council meeting on June 28.

With the opening of Spine Road C comes a much-needed third access point to enter/exit the Cane Bay community. The County is proud that through our beneficial One-Cent Sales Tax Program—which funded the U.S. 176/Nexton Parkway Extension and intersection improvements—and through the help of developers like Gramling Brothers we can continue to provide the community critical public safety and infrastructure solutions to traffic congestion; and in this case, help make the commute to work and schools in the Cane Bay area both safer and quicker for all citizens. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

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Berkeley County Completes Dirt-to-Pave Projects in Rural Communitiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, August 3, 2021) – Berkeley County has completed three more Dirt-to-Pave projects in rural communities in Moncks Corner. These three projects total approximately 1.63 miles in length. The projects stem from the 2008 and 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Referendums and were completed by Banks Construction, with construction management provided by Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering (ICE). See pictures attached and information below highlighting the work.

The following Dirt-to-Pave projects have been completed by Banks Construction:

  • Ambassador Avenue (Moncks Corner) - 0.899 miles
  • England Road (Moncks Corner) - 0.523 miles
  • Four Acre Lane (Moncks Corner) - 0.203 miles

Each of these roads has been paved; however, punch list items remain to be completed.

The County’s Dirt-to-Pave Program paves dirt/gravel roads, often in rural communities. The County established the Dirt-to-Pave Program in the 2008 One-Cent Sales Tax referendum, which identified 29 dirt/gravel roads totaling 21.5 miles. From that 2008 referendum, two projects remain to be completed.

The 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Program, which County voters passed through a referendum that same year, identified a total of 59 dirt/gravel roads totaling about 12.6 miles. From that list, 20 dirt/gravel roads have been completed. The remaining 39 dirt/gravel roads are all currently in the design phase.

Berkeley County is currently pursuing 11 additional roads, to put in the next Dirt-to-Pave construction package. The roads will stem from the following list, as permits become available: Harlock Drive (Moncks Corner), McElveen Avenue (Moncks Corner), Cannon Court (Chaparral Ranch), Memory Lane (Rural Goose Creek), Britt Drive (Jamestown), Millwood Loop (Jamestown), GreenLeaf Drive (Jamestown), Waterpoint Avenue (Jamestown), Barnyard Road (Macedonia), Crest Lane (St. Stephen) and Upton Road (St. Stephen).

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July 2021

Scholarships Available for New ManuFirst SC Session Starting August 16click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Tuesday, July 20, 2021)- Berkeley County residents interested in growing their qualifications for manufacturing jobs can apply for scholarships for the ManuFirst SC program HERE. This free program is available for Berkeley County residents and will start on August 16, 2021.

When: Monday – Thursday, starting August 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-10 p.m.

Where: Trident Technical College, Berkeley Campus, 1001 S. Live Oak Dr., Moncks Corner

Why: Help Berkeley County residents get the necessary training for manufacturing positions

This four-week course, ending on September 15, 2021 will provide the necessary training for graduates to qualify for positions at industries around Berkeley County and in the state of South Carolina. ManuFirstSC participants learn essential safety policies, communication best practices, quality standards, production processes and maintenance awareness. All successful graduates receive an OSHA-10 card and Yellow Belt Lean Six- Sigma certification. The course also includes preparation and testing for the MSSC Safety Certification Assessment. Materials are provided.

About ManuFirstSCTM - Berkeley County worked in partnership with Trident Technical College, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Volvo Cars, and Ready SC to pilot the program in June 2017. Since then, neighboring counties have emulated the training program to provide opportunities for residents around the state. SC Department of Commerce rebranded the program ManuFirstSCTM and has rolled it out across the state’s technical college system by industry demand. 

To qualify for a Berkeley County ManuFirst SC scholarship, participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to legally work in the United States
  • Provide documentation of Berkeley County residency
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of Bronze WIN/WorkKeys score

Scholarships are available for upcoming ManuFirst SC courses. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply now! Anyone with questions should contact Berkeley County Economic Development Workforce Development Manager Corey McClary at 843-719-4096 or .

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Berkeley County Announces Mega Boat Landing Project in Moncks Cornerclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, July 16, 2021) – Berkeley County, in partnership with Santee Cooper, announces plans for the Mega Boat Landing Project on Lake Moultrie. The site was previously the Atkins Boat Landing/Lions Beach site at the end of Broughton Road in Moncks Corner. See photos and plans attached. The project spans approximately 14 acres.

This property will be renovated and expanded to include the following improvements:

  • Six new boat launch ramps and a dock protected by a new breakwater
  • Event pavilion
  • Walking trail
  • Approximately 180 boat trailer parking spaces
  • Approximately 180 passenger vehicle spaces

Additionally, there will be a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office outpost dock for deputies to respond to lake emergencies.

Rendering of the Mega Boat Landing site

Santee Cooper will design and permit the project’s marine elements, including the docks and breakwater. Berkeley County Engineering will permit the design plans in cooperation with the Town of Moncks Corner and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Berkeley County Roads and Bridges will perform all work on the land/parking lot. The proposed site plan for land use went before the Town of Moncks Corner Board of Zoning Appeals on July 6 and was unanimously approved.

Total cost of the project is approximately $6.5 million and is being funded from a 75-percent matching grant from the State, as well as State water recreation funds and Berkeley County Accommodations Fee. Santee Cooper has provided a long-term gratis lease to Berkeley County for the project.

This project is expected to be complete by Fall of 2022.

We are excited to begin this project and provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities in our beautiful County. This site will not only serve as a place to launch boats, fish from the banks, enjoy walks and picnics, and access to the water for swimming, but will provide relief for other landings in the county that face significant issues due to heavy use. The Santee Cooper Lakes are among the finest fisheries in the country and aside from normal residential use, we will be well positioned to host some of the biggest tournaments and events in the country. The project will help highlight the 175 miles of waterways in the County and enhance recreational opportunities and quality of life for years to come. On behalf of Berkeley County Council, I’m thankful for the partnership and teamwork that has and will go into this project to make it a cherished resource for our County and region. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

The Santee Cooper Lakes are an incredible asset to Berkeley County and the State of South Carolina, and we are excited to be part of the team bringing improved recreation to the area. The Mega Boat Landing will be a resource for locals and a destination for anglers and tourists, which will help spur the local and State economy. I commend Berkeley County officials for their vision and commitment to this project. -Mark Bonsall, Santee Cooper President and CEO

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Berkeley County Council Appoints Amanda D. Turner as Clerk to Councilclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Wednesday, July 7, 2020) – Berkeley County Council has appointed Amanda D. Turner as the new Berkeley County Clerk to Council. This week is her first week in the position.

Turner was previously a paralegal at Charleston County, in the County Attorney’s Office, for nine years. During that time, she became an Advanced Certified Paralegal in Land Use under NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants). Prior to that, Turner worked as an Admissions Counselor at The Charleston School of Law.

Turner graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Political Science and calls Berkeley County home.

I’m honored to receive this opportunity and serve in this critical role with Berkeley County Government. I look forward to working with County Council members, County staff, and the community. -Amanda D. Turner

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June 2021

Berkeley County Council Awards Contract for U.S. 176 Phase 1click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Monday, June 29, 2021) — Berkeley County Council awarded the contract for U.S. 176 improvement project phase 1, on Monday, June 28 at the County Council meeting.

U.S. 176 Phase 1 consists of widening U.S. 176 from US 17-A to Nexton Parkway Extension, from two to five lanes. This project will include a raised median and sidewalks on both sides. See map attached.

Work on this project is expected to begin in late July or early August and is anticipated to take up to four years to complete. Initially, utilities will be relocated throughout the project limits in order to make room for roadway improvements. The public is urged to drive with caution through the work zones.

This widening project is funded by the 2014 One Cent Sale Tax Referendum. Bids were received on April 6, 2021 and the contract was awarded to L. Dean Weaver Company. The project will cost approximately $53 million.

We are very excited that this critical infrastructure project for the region is ready for construction. Reaching this milestone took incredible coordination by Berkeley County staff, the City of Goose Creek, property owners, utility providers, and several state and federal agencies. We look forward to starting construction and ask for the public’s patience throughout the remainder of the project. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor 

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Berkeley County Council Awards Contract for Henry Brown Blvd. Phase 2click to view complete article

BERKELEY COUNTY (Tuesday, June 29, 2021) - On Monday, June 28, Berkeley County Council awarded the contract for Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard Phase 2 improvements to J.R. Wilson Company for approximately $23 million.

Construction should begin in late July or early August and is expected to take three years to complete. The project will start with clearing the new road right-of-way, the installation of erosion control devices, and utility relocations. The public is urged to drive with caution throughout the duration of the project.

This project consists of improvements to approximately four miles of Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard, from Liberty Hall Road to U.S. 52. See map attached. The project will increase capacity, improve safety and provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The roadway will be widened from a two-lane section to three-lane section that includes a multi-use path, raised landscaped medians, painted medians, and dedicated left turn lanes at key intersections within the project limits. Montague Plantation Road will be widened from a two-lane section to a four-lane section with a multi-use path and sidewalk. Additionally, the project will include major improvements to the intersection at U.S. 52, Montague Plantation Road, and Old Mount Holly Road.

This improvement project is funded from the 2008 and 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Referendums. Bids for the project were received on June 16, 2021.

We are pleased the Henry Brown Blvd. Phase 2 project is advancing to construction. This is a testament to County staff’s diligence in working and coordinating with CSX railroad, along with state, local, and federal agencies. We have now awarded all three large capacity projects within the One-Cent Sales Tax Program. I am delighted to report this accomplishment and grateful for the public’s support of the program. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

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Five Rural Fire Departments Consolidating in Northern Berkeley Countyclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, June 24, 2021) – Five rural fire departments on the Northern end of Berkeley County are merging operations to save costs and improve services to citizens. The following fire departments have merged with the St. Stephen Volunteer Fire Department: Lake Moultrie Fire Department, Bonneau Rural Fire Department, and Forty-One Rural Fire Department. Effective July 1, 2021, Shulerville-Honey Hill Fire Department will also be merging with these departments. 

Each fire district will contain paid, part-time firefighters. Also, departments will be allowed to maintain their individual identities, including keeping their department names on buildings and fire trucks. St. Stephen Volunteer Fire Department will serve as the parent department and assume administrative control of all five districts. The departments will also form a unified Board of Directors containing representatives from each fire district.

Each department has volunteered to be part of the merger in order to improve the overall fire protection system in the County’s rural areas. Fire officials also saw a way to help save money by eliminating unnecessary administrative and maintenance costs that are duplicated in each district.

This is an exciting opportunity for the fire service in the north end of Berkeley County to take a major step forward.  I'm both proud and impressed by the unselfish decisions of the Fire Chiefs and board members that have agreed to this merger.  Our job is to serve the communities we represent in Berkeley County and this merger is going to help all of us in that mission. -Chief Lee Wadford, St. Stephen Volunteer Fire Department

I’m proud of the initiative these fire departments took to come together and better serve Berkeley County. It’s important for people to come to the table with open minds to find solutions that are reasonable and sustainable for the greater good. This is a great example of teamwork that will benefit citizens for years to come. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

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Ribbon-Cutting for New Berkeley County Veterans Affairs Officeclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, June 21, 2021) – Berkeley County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new location of the Veterans’ Affairs Office (VA) on Monday, June 28 at 4 p.m. The Berkeley County VA Office is moving to 212 Oakley Plantation Drive in Moncks Corner, the site of the Berkeley County Water and Sanitation building.

The Veterans Affairs Office was previously located in Goose Creek. This new location will provide more space for veterans in a more secure facility. Additionally, there will be a kiosk installed for veterans to check-in upon arrival, which will allow staff to more efficiently serve veterans and their families.

Berkeley County has approximately 22,000-23,000 resident veterans; and there are an estimated 75,000-100,000 veterans across the Tri-County area.

This new Veterans Affairs location will allow office staff to better serve our area veterans, who deserve our utmost respect and support. This facility is more centrally located and features improved technology that will help staff serve Veterans and their families more efficiently. -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

We are so grateful to County leadership for both realizing our need for a larger site and recognizing the importance of assisting our Veterans. The Berkeley County VA office works with thousands of men and women who served their Country with courage. My staff now has the rewarding opportunity to serve them. This new facility will help strengthen that effort for years to come. -Jan Helton, Berkeley County Veterans Affairs Director

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Berkeley County to Install WaterGoat Device into College Park Canal June 23click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, June 17, 2021) – Berkeley County will install a WaterGoat device into the College Park Canal in the College Park Estates neighborhood on Wednesday, June 23 at 8:30 a.m. This unique device is designed to collect litter in the canal and help with stormwater management to remove trash and improve water quality issues in nearby neighborhoods.

Specifically, the WaterGoat will trap litter that washes in from area storm drains, keeping trash and other debris out of streets, ditches and streams. The WaterGoat will be placed in the Limehouse Branch portion of the canal, located adjacent the bridge on Trinity Place, directly next to College Park Middle School drop-off loop. This convenient location provides an area for volunteers to park safely and access the WaterGoat for maintenance activities, future litter removal efforts, and student/public education.

This project is a coordinated effort between Berkeley County Stormwater, Berkeley County Roads and Bridges, Keep Berkeley Beautiful, and Palmetto Pride/Keep SC Beautiful. Community groups and volunteers will be tasked with overseeing the routine maintenance and cleaning of the WaterGoat. The Caromi Volunteer Fire Department will provide routine cleanup efforts of the device. Additionally, Truck Carlson with the Savannah River Keepers and Veterans for Clean Water will be displaying his techniques for cleaning the canal with a tool of his creation.

Immediately following the installation, there will be a litter-removal initiative targeting the area in and around the canal. The effort will be led by community volunteers with Keep Berkeley Beautiful and PalmettoPride/Keep SC Beautiful. The public is invited to attend the event and participate in the litter clean-up. Materials, for clean-up, will be provided by Keep Berkeley Beautiful.

Since WaterGoat’s creation in 2006, nearly 200 devices have been installed in waterways around the country. More information can be found at Watergoat.org.

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Rose Brown Appointed as New Voters Registration & Elections Directorclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, June 16, 2021) – Berkeley County welcomes Rose M. Brown as the new Berkeley County Voters Registration and Elections Director. Brown was appointed by the Board of Voters Registration and Elections of Berkeley County and her first official day in the new position was Monday, June 7.  

Brown is a Berkeley County native and longtime employee of the County. She was previously serving as the Assistant Director of Voters Registration and Elections. Brown is replacing the County’s former Director Adam Hammons, who accepted the position of Voter Registration and Elections Director in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

I look forward to beginning my new role as Director of Voters Registration and Elections. With 30-plus years of Elections experience, I look forward to continuing to serve the voters of our fine County. I am confident that I will make a significant contribution to the Elections Office. -Rose M. Brown, Director of Berkeley County Voters Registration and Elections

Rose is a dedicated Election Official and someone who knows Berkeley County inside and out.  She will serve the voters of Berkeley County very well. -Adam Hammons, former Director of Berkeley County Voters Registration and Elections

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Keep Berkeley Beautiful to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for Gateway Project June 22click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, June 15, 2021) – Keep Berkeley Beautiful will hold a ribbon-cutting event for its inaugural Beautiful Berkeley Gateways Project on Tuesday, June 22 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend and join the celebration at the northern side of the intersection of Old Whitesville Road and Highway 17A.

The Beautiful Berkeley Gateways project is designed to make a positive, lasting impact on the approximately 13,000 motorists who daily pass by this spot. The project included planting trees and other shrubbery throughout the approximately 15,000 square-foot space.

Dozens of citizens and local organizations helped make this project a reality through volunteer efforts and donations. They include the following: Trident Technical College’s Horticulture Technology Department, Tony Bertauski, Janet Scarborough and Scarborough Landscape Designs, Palmetto Pride/Keep SC Beautiful, Republic Services, A & R Logistics, Steinberg Law Firm, Palmetto Premier Lawncare and Landscaping, LLC – Berkeley County, Berkeley County Roads and Bridges, Berkeley County Water and Sanitation, Berkeley County Water and Soil Conservation District, Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Commission, Berkeley County Council, and other individual donors.

Keep Berkeley Beautiful hopes to complete additional similar gateway initiatives at many of the other roadway entry points into Berkeley County.

Keep Berkeley Beautiful is a local chapter of the umbrella organizations PalmettoPride/Keep SC Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful and was commissioned by Berkeley County Council in 2016. The local chapter helps combat litter and promote awareness about litter removal efforts and recycling across Berkeley County through anti-litter education efforts, roadway and waterway cleanups, recycling advocacy and programming, beautification and youth participation initiatives.

For more information on Keep Berkeley Beautiful or the Beautiful Berkeley Gateways, contact Sarah McCarthy-Smith at 843-719-2383. Also, visit www.keepberkeleybeautifulsc.org and follow KBB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Berkeley County Reopens Emergency Rental Assistance Programclick to view complete article

**This application period is now CLOSED.**

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Berkeley County will reopen the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program application portal on Monday, June 14 at 8 a.m.

The County received $6.89 million from the U.S. Treasury Department in March and has approximately $5 million left to distribute. Additionally, The County will receive $5 million more from the U.S. treasury for rental assistance.

This money will be used to help Berkeley County renters who are unable to pay rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. **Homeowners are NOT eligible. **

An “eligible household” is a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.

Individuals are encouraged to apply online at BerkeleyCountySC.gov. They can also call the Emergency Rental Assistance Hotline at 843-377-8507. The hotline will be available 24/7. Leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Paper applications will be made available upon request.

The ERA Program provides federal funds for rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, and utilities and home energy costs arrears. Eligible utility costs include electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and energy costs such as fuel oil. All funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. Rental and utility arrears can be covered back to March 2020, and applicants can receive up to three months of future assistance at a time.

Individuals can check to see if they qualify for the ERA Program or find out more information by visiting the U.S. Treasury Department website.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.023, awarded to Berkeley County by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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New Berkeley County Animal Center to Open June 14click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Berkeley County will hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new Berkeley Animal Center on Monday, June 14 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend to celebrate the grand opening.

Berkeley County was previously operating an animal shelter at a leased building on Cypress Gardens Road. The new Berkeley Animal Center will be located on County-owned property at 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner. See photo attached with the rendering of the new facility.  Parking for the event will be available nearby at Berkeley Baptist Church. Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies will also be providing shuttle services from the church to the site. Puppies and other animals will be available for adoption at the event.  

The new shelter is roughly 11,500 square feet and will consist of the main building, intake kennels, and adoption kennels. Additionally, the shelter will have three outdoor fenced-in grass play yards, two fenced horse pastures, and one fenced pig/goat pen. This expansion will allow the animal center to house approximately 200 animals inside, plus horses, pigs, and goats outside.

The project cost is approximately $1,796,000 and was funded with money from both the 2016 General Obligation bond as well as fundraising efforts. Construction bids were awarded to the SouthCon Building Group and Carrier Construction. The following County departments also contributed to the construction and setup of the facility: Roads and Bridges, Water and Sanitation, and Information Technology.

The new Berkeley County Animal Center is a source of pride in Berkeley County. Thanks to our wonderful staff, volunteers, and generous donors, this new facility will be a huge upgrade. Together with County Council, we saw an opportunity to better the facility and move to County-owned land. This critical decision will save money in the long term and provide a better benefit to the animals and citizens of Berkeley County.  -Supervisor Johnny Cribb

This new facility will help us care for more animals and more effectively provide spay and neuter services. The need to spay and neuter animals in Berkeley County is a growing problem in our County and State. Additionally, the Animal Center will make us better equipped to help animals and connect them to loving homes. The facility was completed on a tight timeline, in time for a busy Summer. -Heather McDowell, Berkeley County Animal Center Director

For more information follow Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook. To make a donation to the shelter, please visit: animalcenter.berkeleycountysc.gov

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Berkeley County Installing New Sewer Pump Station on Old Highway 52click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, June 2, 2021) – Berkeley County Water & Sanitation is constructing a new sewer pump station on Old Highway 52 near Spring Grove Plantation in Moncks Corner. All work is being done in the right-of-way or acquired easements and motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to take approximately 15 months to complete.

The project includes new gravity sewer mains and a new sewer force main that will be installed in the following locations: underground along the frontage of Spring Grove Plantation, on Cypress Gardens Road between Old Highway 52 and the north side of Highway 52, and on the right-hand side of Highway 52 toward Moncks Corner, between Cypress Gardens Road and Foxbank Plantation.

Construction will include tree clearing along the route, trenching, directional drills, and jack and bore work under the roads and railroad tracks. Traffic control may be in place at times throughout the project.

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May 2021

Water Pressure Changes in Cane Bay, Citizens Encouraged to Conserve Waterclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, May 28, 2021) – Berkeley County has recently been experiencing water pressure changes in the Cane Bay area due to limited rainfall this season and increased lawn watering among citizens as temperatures rise. Historically, the County has used approximately eight million gallons of water per day. Recently, that count has exceeded 11 million gallons per day. 

To help with the issue, Berkeley County Water & Sanitation has temporarily stopped the routine maintenance practice of flushing water lines in the Cane Bay area during early morning hours. Instead, the County is flushing water lines after 10 a.m.

In the next 30 to 60 days, the County will also connect an additional water line off Highway 176 to the Cane Bay development to help increase water pressure. Citizens across the County are also encouraged to implement the following best practices for conserving water during dry weather:

  • Limit the washing down of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, and other hard-surfaced areas.
  • Limit the washing down of buildings for purposes other than immediate fire protection.
  • Limit the flushing of gutters.
  • Limit washing boats, cars, etc. at home.
  • Limit the use of water to maintain fountains, reflection ponds, and decorative water bodies for aesthetic or scenic purposes, except where necessary to support aquatic life.
  • Reduce watering of lawns, plants, trees, gardens, shrubbery, and flora on private or public property to the minimum necessary. Encourage outdoor watering to be done during non-peak hours.
  • Reduce the amount of water obtained from fire hydrants for construction purposes, fire drills, or any purpose other than firefighting.
  • Overall, citizens should minimize water usage as much as possible during peak water hours: 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.

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April 2021

Resurfacing Work on Cypress Gardens Boat Landing Parking Lot May 3-5click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – Berkeley County will resurface the Cypress Gardens Boat Landing parking lot in two sections to limit the impact on the public. The first section will be paved on Monday, May 3 and the second section will be paved on Tuesday, May 4. Striping for the parking lot is expected to be complete on Wednesday, May 5.  This phased approach will allow the public to use the parking lot through the resurfacing work, although parking spaces will be limited during that time. Overflow parking will be available across the street during the construction. The parking lot resurfacing work will be complete on May 5 with the landing returning to full capacity on Thursday, May 6. Please consider using an alternate landing May 3-5.

The resurfacing of Cypress Gardens Boat Landing parking lot is part of the larger boat landing parking lot expansion (see rendering attached). The expansion will increase the parking spaces to 95 boat parking spaces and 51 vehicle parking spaces, including designated ADA accessible spaces for trailers and passenger vehicles.

The Cypress Gardens Boat Landing parking lot expansion is funded by a 3:1 cost match through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sports Fish Restoration Grant.

The County is currently in the permitting process for the expansion which includes involvement of the Army Corps of Engineers, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), and local agencies.

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Berkeley County Awards CDBG Funds to Local Nonprofits & Municipalitiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, April 27, 2021) – Berkeley County has awarded $1.2 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to six different local nonprofits and municipalities. The money stems from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will provide Berkeley County communities with resources to address unique community development needs.  The funds were presented to each recipient in the form of a large check during Monday night’s County Council meeting. (See full video HERE.)

This program is new to the County. We have funds that we’re entitled to get each year, and this is our first round of funding so we wanted tonight (to) celebrate the winners of this first round; and these folks put in a lot of work through the application process and also attended meetings and making presentations; but number two and equally important is we want to bring attention to this program. We envision in the future to have 13, 15, 17 different award applications each round of funding as other opportunities become available for funding. - Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

Funding for two of the six recipients is for demolition projects, also known as Slum and Blight projects. Those recipients include the following:

  • City of Hanahan - $30,000 for City Demolition Projects to demolish two homes, three mobile homes and a storage unit.

I’m a big believer that when we work together to accomplish, we can get more things done…so I just really thank all of you for being willing to put in the time and effort, to put in the money together, to put in the effort together, and to overall allow Berkeley County, and each municipality in it, to succeed. -Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater

  • Berkeley County Codes Enforcement Department - $70,000 for demolition projects in unincorporated parts of the County. Specifically, money will aid in eliminating blighted properties throughout the County to help with health and safety concerns of residents. Additionally, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be released from daily clearing and securing properties that might otherwise be used for illegal activity.

This will definitely help with reducing crime. With the broken window theory, many times neighborhoods go on a downward spiral when people let things go; but this will definitely help with vandalism, drug abuse and different things like that. -Chief Deputy Jeremy Baker, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office

As the (Chief) Building Official of Berkeley County, I’ve been at this job 11 years, and we’ve seen a lot of houses that are unsafe and have a lot of code cases that are open. This will definitely help in us getting rid of some of the problems. -Hank Jackson, Chief Building Official, Berkeley County Building & Codes Enforcement

Funding for the remaining four projects is for public facilities to improve quality of life in communities around Berkeley County. Those recipients include the following:

  • City of Goose Creek - $131,834.76 to update the Senior Center Rehabilitation facility, which is used for meal deliveries, wellness activities, Alzheimer’s support, and much more.

The Senior Center is a collaborative effort between Berkeley County and the City of Goose Creek; it is not just ours; it is not just theirs. It’s somewhere where we work together, and I hope everybody recognizes how important that is, that not just on this grant side, but in a lot of things that we do, it’s really good to have partnerships like this through government. -Goose Creek Mayor Greg Habib

  • Tri-Community Center - $189,777.63 to rehabilitate the existing Community Center facility in Cross. The funds will specifically be used to install a centralized HVAC system and make the facility ADA compliant in order to serve as a Special Medical Needs Shelter and a Point of Distribution site during hazardous weather and emergency events.

To both the selection committee on community services and the entirety of the County Council, on behalf of Tri-Community Center Inc., I humbly accept this and we will use it per the information provided in the grant, and it will increase the capacity and the livelihood of the members of the Tri-Community area, which are Pringletown, Poplar Hill and Sandridge, and we humbly accept this. -Executive Board Secretary Bernard Gilliard, Tri-Community Center

  • Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County - $200,975.25 to purchase undeveloped land on Hutchinson Lane, located in the Wall Street community of Moncks Corner, to make infrastructure improvements to safely accommodate 5-7 new affordable homes.

You’ve heard a lot about buildings being torn down that were blighted; we’re actually in the business of building up affordable housing so in a market where supply is very dry and demand is very high, it’s the same for affordable housing so we’re so grateful to be in this position to receive this money, and we will use it in an area where, if we weren’t able to, it likely wouldn’t be developed. -Executive Director George Druyos, Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County

  • Town of Moncks Corner - $405,850.31 to help fund the Miracle League ball field for disabled youth and adults. Located in the Regional Recreation Complex, this project will not only serve Moncks Corner but the entire County and region.

Supervisor Cribb, members of County Council, members of the Board, thank you so much. …You’re going to reach over 4,300 special needs kids in Berkeley County in Berkeley County School District alone, and that’s not mentioning the kids that don’t attend school, as well as the adults that can utilize this field so it’s going to go a long ways. (There’s) not another one in Berkeley County so we’re excited.   -Moncks Corner Mayor Michael Lockliear

The County received the CDBG funding in February, and the projects will be funded beginning July 1. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

A new application period for CDBG funds will open this Fall. The deadline to apply will be December 2021. The Community Development Advisory Board will meet in early 2022 to determine how to distribute the funds.

For more information on the CDBG Program, visit the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Program website.

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Berkeley County Mails Assessment Notices to Property Ownersclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Monday, April 19, 2021) – Assessment notices for Berkeley County property owners were mailed on April 16, 2021. These notices will only go out to citizens who experienced a change in property value or assessment for tax year 2021. 

A notice of property tax assessment is not a property tax bill. In general, an Assessment Notice informs a property owner of a value or assessment change. Notices are sent the year after a change is made to a property. Some of the changes to trigger a notice may include new buildings, assessable transfer of interest (ATI), renovations, additions, subdividing property, loss of 4% legal residency, etc.

If a property owner wishes to appeal, the owner/representative must complete an appeal request online. The owner/representative may attach documentation to support the appeal. The deadline to appeal is July 15, 2021 (90 days from the date the notices were sent). If a property owner does not wish to appeal, no action is required.

Assessment notices may also be viewed anytime via online property cards. Notices are attached to the card for the years in which a notice was mailed. For estimated taxes, please visit the Auditor’s Tax Estimator online

Only online applications will be accepted.

For more information, visit Berkeley County Real Property Services online.

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One Week Left to Apply for Federal Emergency Rental Assistanceclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, April 9, 2021) – Only one week remains to apply for the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Berkeley County. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 16. To qualify for the program, you must be a Berkeley County resident who rents and is unable to pay rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berkeley County received approximately $6.89 million, from the U.S. Treasury Department, to allocate for the program. To date, a total of $1,313,836.58 in funding has been requested ($1,248,337.91 in rent and $65,498.67 in utilities), with approximately $4.89 million still available.

Berkeley County has received at least 750 applications so far; they remain under review to see whether they meet the funding requirements.

Individuals are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program online at BerkeleyCountySC.gov. A link to the application is posted on the homepage. Paper applications will be made available by request. Applicants who need to request a paper application or have questions can call the Emergency Rental Assistance Hotline at 843-377-8507. The hotline will be available 24/7. Leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. When applications are received, each application will be assigned a number. On Monday, April 19, a lottery will occur, randomly sorting all application numbers; and estimated timeframes will be provided so applicants know when their application will be reviewed.

Read more about the program and find out whether you qualify here: https://bit.ly/3lgJJ9e

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Berkeley County Completes Dirt-to-Pave Projects in Rural Communitiesclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, April 8, 2021) – Berkeley County has completed five Dirt-to-Pave projects in rural communities across the County. These five projects total approximately three miles in length. Berkeley County Roads and Bridges completed two of the projects, cutting costs and expediting project timelines. The other three roads are part of the Dirt-to-Pave Six Roads project and were completed, ahead of schedule, by Banks Construction, with construction management provided by Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering (ICE). See pictures attached and information below highlighting the work.

Berkeley County Roads and Bridges completed the following road projects from the 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Referendum:

  • Countryside Way (Jedburg) – 0.49 miles
  • Cherrywood Drive (Jedburg) – 0.33 miles

Banks Construction completed the following road projects from the 2008 One-Cent Sales Tax Referendum:

  • Beulah Tabernacle Road (St. Stephen) – 1.83 miles
  • Steelshed Lane (Jamestown) – 0.14 miles
  • Schurlknight Road (Alvin) – 0.30 miles

All of these roads have been paved; however, punch list items remain to be completed.

The next in-house projects include paving Fall Street in the Windwood Community (unincorporated Berkeley County); and once design is complete, permits are received, and right of way acquired, Berkeley County Roads and Bridges will complete the following roads, currently in the design phase: Constitution Avenue (Huger), Childsbury Drive (Cordesville), Crawdad Court (Cordesville), Osprey Drive (Cordesville), View Street (Cordesville), Tom Conley Park Road (Ladson), and Marvel Oak Circle (Ladson). As part of the Dirt-to-Pave Six Roads project, Banks Construction is currently working toward the completion of Ambassador Avenue, Four Acre Lane, and England Road in unincorporated Berkeley County.

The County’s Dirt-to-Pave Program paves dirt/gravel roads, often in rural communities. The County established the Dirt-to-Pave Program in the 2008 One-Cent Sales Tax referendum with 29 dirt/gravel roads identified, totaling 21.5 miles. The 2014 One-Cent Sales Tax Program, which County voters passed through a referendum that same year, identified a total of 59 dirt/gravel roads, totaling about 12.6 miles.

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Berkeley County to Launch Digital Plans Review Process April 5click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Thursday, April 1, 2021)- Berkeley County will launch a digital plans review process on Monday, April 5 called “E-Review”. This electronic submittal process will help maximize efficiency across the board for Berkeley County Planning and Zoning, Engineering/Stormwater, and Water and Sanitation (BCWS). The E-Review process has been developed over the course of a year-and-a-half and is a web-based process that allows plans to be submitted online. The E-Review platform was designed in-house by Berkeley County Information Technology.

Previously, hardcopy plans were required to be mailed or hand-delivered to the Berkeley County Administration Building. Upon processing, they were hand-delivered to the various County departments engaged in Concurrent Departmental Review located in external offices. This could take an additional one to two business days. This new process will allow for more efficient processing and distribution. Additionally, it will save fuel, paper, and printing costs, and improve the overall operation of the plans review process. 

The Departments of Planning and Zoning, Engineering/Stormwater, and Water and Sanitation (BCWS) coordinate in the technical review and approval of plans and plats submittals in a process called, “Concurrent Departmental Review”.  For the Planning and Zoning Department to approve these types of submittals, concurrence is required from the Engineering/Stormwater Department (if applicable) and BCWS (if a submittal is located in its service area).

Starting Monday, April 5, all initial submittals and revisions to previously processed single-site development (site) plans, preliminary plans (PLPR), and final plat submittals (PLFP) will be required to be submitted for review through the E-Review Portal.  To apply for plans review, the applicant must first complete and submit the Development Review Application.  Once processed, the applicant will receive a 10-digit “plan case” tracking number, which he/she will then use to upload relevant project materials for review and receive updates and other information related to the submittal. 

For helpful information, staff contacts, and instructions, please refer to the Concurrent Departmental Review webpage. 

Staff will be available to assist applicants with navigating the new process and web-based interface.  Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 843.719.4095 with general inquiries about this new process.  For inquiries specific to the Berkeley County Water and Sanitation (BCWS) Department, please contact 843.719.2314.

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March 2021

Forest Lawn Drainage Studyclick to view complete article

Dear Property Owner in the Forest Lawn Subdivision,

Berkeley County will be collecting information and data at various locations for the purpose of making improvements to the stormwater drainage system. Crews will be in the field April 2021 through December 2021 (weather permitting) to gather data.

STV Incorporated and Cornerstone Consultants Inc. personnel are part of the stormwater data collection team chosen to perform the field work. Field personnel will be identified by name badges, safety vests, and/or other types of identification. Each will carry identification and can provide additional site-specific information if necessary. Field personnel will take measurements and make observations using GPS or survey equipment and cameras to collect data.

It should be noted, capital projects on the Stormwater Management System are conducted to enhance stormwater drainage associated with increased urbanization, including increased stormwater impacts, stream and shoreline erosion, water quality degradation, and loss of natural resources. The data collected will assist the County in assessing, designing, and permitting for those enhancements made to the stormwater management system, outfalls, creeks, and streams throughout the watershed.

Please allow STV Incorporated and Cornerstone Consultants Inc. field personnel access to stormwater system components on your property for the purpose of data collection. Berkeley County and STV Incorporated appreciate your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Berkeley County Roads & Bridges at (843) 719- 4100 or

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Emergency Rental Assistance Application Opens March 29click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, March 26, 2021) – The application period for the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program opens Monday, March 29 at 8 a.m. for Berkeley County residents who are renters and unable to pay rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period will be open for three weeks. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on April 16.

The County is also encouraging interested applicants to take a brief survey about the program. The survey will close at midnight Sunday, March 28. Take the survey HERE.

Individuals are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance online at BerkeleyCountySC.gov. A link to the application will be posted on the homepage Monday at 8 a.m. Paper applications will be made available by request. Applicants who need to request a paper application or have questions can call the Emergency Rental Assistance Hotline at 843-377-8507. The hotline will be available 24/7. Leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. When applications are received, each application will be assigned a number. On Monday, April 19, a lottery will occur, randomly sorting all application numbers; and estimated timeframes will be provided so applicants know when their application will be reviewed.

Read more about the program and find out whether you qualify here: https://bit.ly/3lgJJ9e

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a moratorium in 2020 for renters who were behind on their rent and could face eviction (document HERE). In this document, it is stated, “I have used the best available resources.” Therefore, those at risk of eviction should NOT plan to be covered by the moratorium; rather, they should seek assistance through this Emergency Rental Assistance Program to pay their arrears. For more information on the CDC Moratorium from S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center here: https://www.scjustice.org/cdc-eviction-moratorium-faq/

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Berkeley County Government Offices, Courthouse Closing at 2 p.m. TODAY, March 18click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, March 18, 2021) – All Berkeley County Government Offices and the Courthouse will close at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 18 due to the threat of severe weather. The County Landfill and all County Convenience Centers will also close at 2 p.m. Normal business hours will resume on Friday, March 19.

The 2 p.m. closure will also include Berkeley Animal Center, Cypress Gardens, all Berkeley County Library locations, the County Airport and all other County facilities.

All Magistrate Court cases, including Traffic Court and Bond Court, scheduled for this afternoon and evening will be rescheduled. Any Bond Court matters scheduled for this evening will be held Friday morning.

CITIZEN CALL LINE: The County will open up a Citizen Call Line at 5 p.m. today for the public to report severe weather damages. The number is 843-719-4800 and will be available until 10 p.m. The line will reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 19, if there's a need.

All updates and information will be posted to berkeleycountysc.gov. Also, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and Twitter.

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Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Available to Berkeley County Residentsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, March 15, 2021) – Berkeley County has received $6.89 million from the U.S. Treasury Department as part of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program for those unable to pay rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, Berkeley County has partnered with Civitas, LLC, a Charleston-based national community development consulting firm, to develop a plan to allocate the federal funds to qualified individuals. The County is opening an application period, for those in need of rental assistance, beginning Monday, March 29. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on April 16. Informational flyers about the ERA Program will also be mailed out with Berkeley County Water and Sanitation bills later this month.

Only renters who are residents of Berkeley County may apply for the assistance. **Homeowners are NOT eligible.** An “eligible household” is a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median

Individuals are encouraged to apply online at www.BerkeleyCountySC.gov. They can also call the Emergency Rental Assistance Hotline at 843-377-8507. The hotline will be available 24/7. Leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Paper applications will be made available upon request. When applications are received, each application will be assigned an application number. On Monday, April 19, a lottery will occur, randomly sorting all application numbers. Results of the lottery will be published on the County’s website along with estimated timeframes for assistance. At all times, applicants will be able to review the posted lottery results to know when they should expect to receive assistance.

The ERA Program provides federal funds for rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, and utilities and home energy costs arrears. Eligible utility costs include electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and energy costs such as fuel oil. All funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. Rental and utility arrears can be covered back to March 2020, and applicants can receive up to three months of future assistance at a time.

Individuals can check to see if they qualify for the ERA Program or find out more information by visiting the U.S. Treasury Department website. The County is also encouraging interested applicants to take a brief survey about the program that will help assess the level of need in the County. Take the survey HERE

Berkeley County is expected to receive an additional $5 million in federal funds for the program, due to the recent passing of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill. More information about the application and distribution of these funds will be available at a later date. This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.023, awarded to Berkeley County by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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Berkeley County Appoints Deputy County Supervisorsclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, March 15, 2021) – Berkeley County has appointed two new Deputy County Supervisors to serve under the County Supervisor and ensure efficient and effective delivery of services consistent with County objectives.

Ashley Powell has been hired as one of the two new Deputy County Supervisors. Her first day in the position is today, Monday, March 15, 2021.
Ashley Powell graduated from Stratford High School, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Urban Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She joined Richland County Government in 2014 and since then has served on the Planning staff as a Neighborhood Planner, Planning Services Manager, Planning Service Division Manager, and Interim Planning Director. In 2019, she was appointed Assistant County Administrator for Richland County, a position she held until accepting the Deputy Supervisor position at Berkeley County.
Berkeley County Attorney John O. Williams II is now serving as both the County Attorney and Deputy County Supervisor. Williams started the new, dual position on January 31, 2021.

John O. Williams II was born and raised in Berkeley County. He graduated from Berkeley High School, then Clemson University with a degree in Civil Engineering and the University of South Carolina with a Juris Doctor degree. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable R. Markley Dennis, Jr. of the South Carolina Circuit Court. He later served as an Assistant Solicitor with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and then spent several years in private practice. Williams joined the County as the County Attorney in 2015.

"We are excited to welcome Ashley Powell to the Berkeley County team and to have her share the Deputy Supervisor hat with our current County Attorney John O. Williams. Both are top-notch professionals with seasoned resumes of expertise in public service. I strongly believe they will passionately support our citizens, effectively help lead our approximately 1,300 employees and continue propelling our great County forward in a positive direction." -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

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Berkeley County EMS Explorer Provides Lifesaving Aid to Grandpaclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, March 10, 2021) – A middle schooler enrolled in the Berkeley County EMS Explorer Program recently put his lifesaving skills into practice to help save a family member’s life. (See photo attached.)

On February 22, Cooper Schneider, 12, found his grandpa, Gregg Schneider, unresponsive and with a drooping face inside his Cane Bay home. Without hesitation, the seventh grader rushed to his grandpa’s side, checked his vitals and implemented a sternum rub, prompting a “flailing” response from the 65-year-old.

“I was panicking but at the same time, I knew that I had to do something fast.” -Cooper Schneider

Unable to unlock his grandpa’s phone with facial recognition, Cooper eventually accessed the phone’s emergency contacts and called his grandma and father, a Charleston County EMS employee who contacted 911. Shortly after, Berkeley County EMS and Whitesville Fire Department responded to the scene. Paramedic JanPeter Brase and EMT Jacob Phipps are credited with transporting the patient to Trident Medical Center. While it was initially suspected the patient had suffered a stroke, a CT scan and bloodwork later ruled out that theory. The exact cause of the medical event remains undetermined, though it’s suspected it could have been a reaction to a certain medication. Gregg Schneider praised the Berkeley County EMS Explorer Program for teaching his grandson what to do in a medical emergency event.

“The boy did good, and I fully credit the program that he’s in. …He followed everything according to what he basically was told.” -Gregg Schneider, Cooper Schneider’s grandpa

Cooper said he initially enrolled in the EMS Explorer Program to fill some downtime during the lockdown. It has now become one of his top interests.

“I kind of just wanted to be the kind of person who is on the scene (of an emergency) and get a person to the hospital if they need it.” -Cooper Schneider

About the EMS Explorer Program:

Berkeley County EMS started the Explorer Program in 2017. Since its inaugural year, the program has trained approximately 30 students. Berkeley County is the only county in the Lowcountry to currently offer the EMS Explorer Program, which provides students critical classroom instruction and hands-on training related to careers in EMS, nursing, and other healthcare-related jobs. From CPR and first aid to incident management and how to apply a tourniquet, the program teaches various critical lifesaving skills. To date, at least two program graduates have been hired at local EMS agencies.

The EMS Explorer Program is open to all local 7th through 12th graders, not just Berkeley County-based students, and runs the length of a normal school year. EMS Explorers Post is the high school program, and EMS Explorers Club is the middle school program. All student participants meet at Cane Bay High School for classroom instruction. The main difference between the two programs is that high school students may also accompany EMS employees on ambulance ride-alongs.

The EMS Explorer Program compliments the separate EMS program offered to Cane Bay High School students as part of the Berkeley County School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

“I am very impressed by Cooper’s actions while facing his grandfather’s medical emergency. Cooper stayed calm, assessed the situation and acted. This is the same kind of response our professional EMTs and paramedics do every day.  I believe that Cooper’s response to this family emergency speaks volumes about how his parents are raising him and the real-life value of the EMS Explorer Program. Cooper is just the kind of young person we hope will enter our profession.” -Michael Shirey, Berkeley County EMS Compliance Chief

For more information on the Berkeley County EMS Explorer Program, call 843-943-1818. Berkeley County EMS is also hiring. Go HERE to view job openings. 

Left to right: Gregg Schneider; his grandson Cooper Schneider, 12; Paramedic JanPeter Brase and EMT Jacob Phipps. Brase hands Cooper a special EMS challenge coin for his lifesaving actions.

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Berkeley County Breaks Ground on Railroad Avenue Extensionclick to view complete article

Berkeley County leaders, along with past and present City of Hanahan leaders, break ground on the road project near the Hanahan Recreation Center.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. - (Thursday, March 4, 2021) - Berkeley County celebrated the long-awaited groundbreaking of Railroad Avenue Extension in Hanahan on Thursday, March 4. It was a milestone moment championed by local leaders, County and City of Hanahan staff, first responders and citizens. The critical road project has been in the works since the 1990s; and once completed, it will connect North and South Hanahan.

“We have seen partnership on the municipal level, on the County level, on the State level, and on the federal level all to make this happen. And I honestly hope that out of anything you walk out of here today, in addition to a new road, is that you remember how strong we are when we work together.” -Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater

Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater discusses how local leaders, past and present, have worked together on this road project, passing the "baton" to one another to keep it moving over the years.

The project, which is being managed by the S.C. Department of Transportation, will extend Railroad Avenue from Mabeline Road to Eagle Landing Boulevard. It will include a two-lane roadway, constructed along the eastern side of the existing CSX rail line, with a sidewalk along one side of the road. It is expected to take 18 months to complete.

“This project, really, it has a ton of quality of life components—families getting home to each other quicker, getting to your ballgame, getting to school—and all that’s really, really important; but public safety is the key. …It’s a big, big day in Hanahan.” -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

Railroad Avenue has faced a series of delays over the course of a few decades. Kiewit Infrastructure South was awarded the construction contract in January and the project is scheduled to take 18 months to complete. The project is expected to cost an estimated $20.1 million. Approximately $16 million is funded from Berkeley County’s One-Cent Sales Tax and $4 million comes from federal funds.

“I’m so grateful that we didn’t give up. We stuck with it, and it finally came to fruition.” -Henry E. Brown Jr., former U.S. Representative for S.C.’s 1st Congressional District

Henry E. Brown, Jr., former U.S. Representative for S.C.'s 1st Congressional District

“This is the reason why that I’ve always said, ‘Hanahan is the capital of Charleston because we do not give up.’” -Minnie Newman, former Hanahan Mayor (2002-2018)

Former Hanahan Mayor Minnie Newman speaks at Thursday's event.

“We knew that it would take more than the City of Hanahan to accomplish this, so this is a testimony to teamwork over a period of 30 years.” -Larry Cobb, former Hanahan Mayor (1989-2002)

Former Hanahan Mayor Larry Cobb answers project questions with current Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater

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County to Hold Groundbreaking for Railroad Avenue Extensionclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, March 3, 2021) – A critical road project, that’s been in the works since the 1990s, is moving forward in Hanahan. Berkeley County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Railroad Avenue Extension on Thursday, March 4 at 3 p.m. The event will take place on the south side of the project, between Hanahan Elementary School and the Recreation Center’s field #1 (see map attached).

The project, which is being managed by the S.C. Department of Transportation, will extend Railroad Avenue from Mabeline Road to Eagle Landing Boulevard. It will include a two-lane roadway, constructed along the eastern side of the existing CSX rail line, with a sidewalk along one side of the road. The project will provide a safer connection between North and South Hanahan. Motorists will no longer have to enter Rivers Avenue and cross the railroad twice, and first responder vehicles will also have a better and safer access to those communities, overall improving emergency response times.

Railroad Avenue has faced a series of delays over the course of a few decades. Kiewit Infrastructure South was awarded the construction contract in January and the project is scheduled to take 18 months to complete. The project is expected to cost an estimated $20.1 million. Approximately $16 million is funded from Berkeley County’s One-Cent Sales Tax and $4 million comes from federal funds.

“This much-needed road extension will be key to Hanahan and surrounding communities. More importantly, this improvement project will shave lifesaving minutes from our emergency responders’ response times; thus, strengthening public safety in this area because of this vital road extension."  
-Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

“The Railroad Avenue Extension will provide opportunity and connection. I picture families walking to school, a quick drive to a friend’s house, and time given back to the lives of residents. Quality of life will be improved and enjoyed!” -Christie Rainwater, Hanahan Mayor

“I’m happy to be a part of this important process. It’s been a long time coming and I look forward to the completion of this project and for it to better accommodate the people who travel from Hanahan Proper to Otranto (Road). Most importantly, I look forward to seeing the benefits it will provide for the children. A lot of people have committed to make this project work, and I’m glad it’s finally coming to fruition.” -Henry E. Brown, Jr., former U.S. Representative for S.C.’s 1st Congressional District

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February 2021

County Cuts Ribbon on Administration Building Expansionclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (Tuesday, February 23, 2021) - Berkeley County's new Administration Building expansion is officially open to the public. Together with local leaders and elected officials from across the Tri-County and state, Berkeley County Council members and administration cut the ribbon on the expansion Monday, February 22, and celebrated the completion of the long-awaited project.

A plaque hanging inside the expansion recognizes current County Council members, along with Choate Construction Company and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for those companies help with the project.

“This is an unbelievable turnout. …We appreciate the support,” said Supervisor Johnny Cribb. “This is awesome. It means a lot to our employees that work really hard on this project, our staff that’s going to work in this building, and more than that, the folks of Berkeley County that are going to be able to benefit from this facility. …Every strip plate, everything that you see done was done in-house (by) County staff and it’s been done late at night. …We’re really proud of this facility because like the DMV, it’s not full on Day One; there was a lot of future forethought to this project.”

Supervisor Cribb also praised Choate Construction for their hard work on the new 30,000-square-foot facility, which is connected to the current Berkeley County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. The expansion centralizes multiple County departments and will house the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles this summer. SCDMV is scheduled to move from its current location at 108-B Highway 52. To praise the project, Col. Kevin Shwedo, Executive Director of SCDMV, served as a guest speaker at Monday’s ceremony.

Col. Kevin Shwedo, Executive Director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, speaking at the event. (Left to right: Rich Robinson, Executive Director of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy; Shwedo; Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb)

The project is the culmination of years of planning. It was also actually halted for a time while County Council, leaders and staff reimagined the initiative in order to cut costs and include more aspects that would better serve County employees and the public.

A crowd turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, February 22.

“Prior to me getting here, one of the biggest things that happened was County Council in 2018…wisely shut it down and we regrouped,” Supervisor Cribb said. “There was no EOC, there was no 911; in fact, it was going to be about $10 million of additional projects we were going to have to spend on site, so with County Council’s foresight, and frankly courage at the time, this project was delayed; and that delay was unfortunate. But when you walk around today, what you’re going to see is a truly responsible building; it’s actually a building where, when the taxpayer walks through, you’re not looking at the Taj Mahal; you’re not looking at a whole lot of fancy things all over the place; it’s a responsible building. It fits actually the rest of this structure.”

Engineering and design for the project began in July 2019, and the construction contract was awarded to Choate Construction in April 2020. The total cost of construction is approximately $7.12 million, funded by Berkeley County’s 2016 General Obligation bond. In addition to more space and parking, the project provides new homes for more than 100 employees with the following County departments: Berkeley County Voter Registration and Elections Office, Berkeley County 911 Center, Berkeley County Emergency Operations Center, Berkeley County Engineering, Berkeley County Finance, and a Wellness Center.

For many departments, the expansion offers more room to grow, along with improved technology—including better phone, internet and radio connectivity, and enhanced public safety. Specifically, certain departments, including the 911 Center and Emergency Operations Center, feature restricted public access, allowing employees only to enter and exit the facilities. In addition, the new Emergency Operations Center is rated to withstand a category 5 hurricane.

The new 911 Center also includes a “quiet room” for dispatchers to relax and de-stress and sleeping quarters for employees to utilize in the event of an emergency. Additionally, each dispatcher workstation is equipped with special lighting to allow supervisors to watch how long a dispatcher has been on a call.

Special lights are displayed across dispatcher workstations in the new 911 Center. The lights change depending on the type of call.

The added space at the Voter Registration and Election Office allows room for three additional workspaces for employees and eight more workstations for absentee voting. Not only will staff be able to more efficiently serve voters, but also, the large, open hallways will provide more room for voters to wait in line inside the facility. However, the expansion not only benefits those departments that moved into the new space, but it will also help other departments find new homes.

A look inside the new Voter Registration & Elections Office

“Finally, there’s a bunch of dominos that’s going to fall (into place),” Supervisor Cribb said. “These dominos that are going to happen are going to be a huge benefit.”

Berkeley County EMS is going to inherit the former 911 space; the Sheriff’s Office investigation unit is going to move in to the former EOC site; and as County engineers from Water and Sewer move over to the expansion, the Veterans Affairs Office will assume its space.

The current County Administration Building has been in its location since 2005 and was previously a K-Mart. Berkeley County purchased the former Food Lion building in 2014, two years after the supermarket closed.

a look inside the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

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CDBG Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Needs Assessmentclick to view complete article

On February 22, 2021 at 6 p.m., Berkeley County will hold a public hearing at the Berkeley County Administration building, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.  The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit public input on community needs for housing, public facilities, economic development, and other identified priorities.  At this public hearing, Berkeley County will provide the results of its needs assessment and the activities which might be undertaken to meet identified needs, including the estimated amounts available to be used for activities that will benefit persons of low and moderate income.

Persons with questions or comments concerning the public hearing or the Citizen Participation Plan may contact Kathryn Basha, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, 5790 Casper Padgett Way, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406, Telephone number (843) 529-0400.

Berkeley County Admin. Building Expansion Ribbon-Cutting Feb. 22click to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. - (Friday, February 5, 2021) – Berkeley County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Administration Building Expansion on Monday, February 22 at 4 p.m. The ceremony will mark the opening of the 30,000-square-foot expansion, connected to the current Berkeley County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

This project has been years in the making, and with support from County Council, Supervisor Johnny Cribb worked to get this project moving. Engineering and design began in July 2019, and the project’s construction contract was awarded to Choate Construction in April 2020. The total cost of construction for the project is approximately $9 million, funded by Berkeley County’s 2016 General Obligation bond. Additionally, the County has done some work in-house, keeping construction costs low while also minimizing impacts to the public.

Overall, the expansion adds more parking and centralizes more County departments into one location, better serving the public and County employees. The expansion features a new home for Berkeley County Voter Registration and Elections Office, Berkeley County 911 Center, Berkeley County Emergency Operations Center, S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles Office (SCDMV), Berkeley County Engineering, Berkeley County Finance, and a Wellness Center. More than 100 employees from these County departments are currently moving into their new locations. Please see map attached with the new locations for the County departments.

  • Voter Registration and Elections Office: This office will be open to the public in their new location on February 8. A staff member will continue to operate out of the North Live Oak complex until the full transition has been made into the new facility.
  • Berkeley County 911: The Center will be fully operational in its new location on February 24. They are moving from their previous location at 223 North Live Oak Live Drive.
  • Berkeley County Engineering: Employees will start moving to the new offices February 10 and will be fully transitioned to serve the public by February 16. This team was previously located in the Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Building.
  • Berkeley County Emergency Operations Center: The EOC will be moving from its former location at 223 North Live Oak Drive on February 10. They expect the new EOC to be fully operational by February 16.
  • Berkeley County Finance: Employees will be fully moved into their new location by February 9. Their offices are currently in the Administration Building.
  • S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles: The SCDMV Monck's Corner branch office is expected to move from its current location at 108-B Highway 52 to the new Administration Building by Summer 2021. 

For many departments, the expansion offers additional workspace and room to grow, along with improved technology—including better phone, internet and radio connectivity, and enhanced public safety. Specifically, certain departments, including the 911 Center and Emergency Operations Center, feature restricted public access, allowing employees only to enter and exit the facilities. In addition, the new Emergency Operations Center is rated to withstand a category 5 hurricane.

The new 911 Center also includes a “quiet room” for dispatchers to relax and de-stress and sleeping quarters for employees to utilize in the event of an emergency. Additionally, each dispatcher workstation is equipped with special lighting to allow supervisors to watch how long a dispatcher has been on a call.

The added space at the Voter Registration and Election Office allows room for three additional workspaces for employees and eight more workstations for absentee voting. Not only will staff be able to more efficiently serve voters, but also, the large, open hallways will provide more room for voters to wait in line inside the facility.

The current County Administration Building has been in its location since 2005 and was previously a K-Mart. Berkeley County purchased the former Food Lion building in 2014, two years after the supermarket closed.

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Berkeley Animal Center Receives $65,000 PetSmart Charities® Grant®click to view complete article

Moncks Corner, S.C. (Thursday, February 4, 2021) –  Berkeley Animal Center has received a $65,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more Berkeley County shelter animals for adoption and find them forever homes. With the help of this grant, the Animal Center will be able to offer the public more adoptable animals and host more offsite events.

Specifically, the PetSmart Charities® grant will assist with the cost of each animal’s spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and testing. Funds will also cover critical medical care for sick and injured animals that arrive at the shelter each day. As the County’s only animal shelter, the Berkeley Animal Center’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs across the County. The shelter annually takes in more than 5,500 stray, abandoned, and lost animals.

“We are proud to support Berkeley Animal Center in its efforts to care for and connect homeless pets with loving homes - especially during the pandemic,” said Johnny Jenkins, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities®. “Thanks to this work, thousands of pets will receive vital care, along with the best chance of adoption.”

Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in more than 1,650 PetSmart® stores. As the leading funder of animal welfare, the organization has also donated more than $450 million to positively impact communities, help preserve families, improve access to veterinary care, and connect people and pets through initiatives similar to this grant with Berkeley Animal Center.

About Berkeley Animal Center:

Since 2017, the Berkeley County Animal Center has been committed to maintaining a fiscally responsible, healthy, safe and loving environment for rescued, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals of Berkeley County. The shelter is a place where animals receive appropriate care and attention and are treated with dignity and respect as staff pursues placing them into safe, lifelong homes. We strive to place every adoptable animal in a safe and loving home or rescue group. For more information, visit Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook or at berkeleyanimalcenter.org.

About PetSmart Charities®:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities® efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $450 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org. Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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CSX Closing Multiple Railroad Crossings in Bonneau & St. Stephen for Maintenance Workclick to view complete article

Moncks Corner, S.C.- (Tuesday, February 2, 2021) – CSX Transportation has scheduled the closure of multiple railroad crossings this month in St. Stephen and Bonneau, as crews conduct maintenance and track repairs. Closures are anticipated to begin February 22 and be completed by March 5.

Locations and corresponding closure dates are labeled on the attached maps. Each crossing will be closed two to five days depending on the maintenance work that needs to be performed. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Detours will be in place, and motorists are urged to follow the detour signage.

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January 2021

County Collecting Stormwater Data from Tall Pines Area to Improve Drainageclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. - (Wednesday, January 20, 2021) – Berkeley County is collecting information and data at various locations in the Tall Pines area in order to make improvements to the stormwater drainage system (see attached map). Crews will be in the field from January 25 through March 5, 2021 to gather data from the approximately 183 affected properties. The properties cover the area from upstream of Wisteria Street to the upstream end of the I-26 culvert, as well as from the downstream end of the I-26 culvert to its junction at Limehouse Branch. In total, approximately 8,200 linear feet will be inspected.

The above map shows the area of impact for the stormwater study in the Tall Pines area.

Bowman Consulting Group members will be part of the stormwater data collection performing the field work. Field personnel will collect data by taking measurements and making observations using GPS or survey equipment and cameras. They will be identified by name badges, safety vests, and/or other types of identification; and each field personnel will carry identification and provide additional site-specific information, if necessary. The attached notification letter will be provided to citizens with inquiries during time of inspection.

The above notification letter will be issued to impacted property owners.

Capital projects on the stormwater management system are conducted to enhance stormwater drainage associated with increased urbanization, including increased stormwater impacts, stream and shoreline erosion, water quality degradation, and loss of natural resources. The data collected will assist the County in assessing, designing, and permitting for enhancements made to the stormwater management system, along with outfalls, creeks, and streams throughout the watershed.

Affected property owners are asked to please allow Bowman Consulting Group’s field personnel to access their properties’ stormwater system components for the purpose of data collection. Berkeley County and Bowman Consulting Group appreciate property owners’ cooperation and understanding. For questions or more information, please contact Berkeley County Stormwater at (843) 719-4195 or

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County Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Forensic Services Buildingclick to view complete article

Moncks Corner, S.C.- (Monday, January 11, 2021) – Berkeley County held a ribbon-cutting for its new Forensic Services Building on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. The building is located at 223 North Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner, behind the Sheriff’s Office. The media is invited to arrive at 3 p.m. to go on an early tour of the facility.

This new building will help strengthen services for Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb, Sheriff Duane Lewis, Lt. Governor Pamela Evette, and other local and state leaders helped officially open the new facility.

The project consists of a 6,850 square foot building for the Forensic Services Division of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. The new facility is nearly three times the size of the old evidence building and offers several new features including a new public lobby and conference room. This facility will help streamline daily evidence input through the expansion of the packaging room and forensic laboratories. Many additions were made, including a new vehicle lift, conditioned garage, and back-up generator. These features will help provide a more functional and secure workplace to examine vehicles and larger evidence.

The new building will offer more space to house evidence and will offer support space for Berkeley County Sherriff’s Office Forensic Team as it investigates and researches cases around the County.

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December 2020

County Breaks Ground on Clements Ferry Road Phase 2click to view complete article

BERKELEY COUNTY (Friday, December 11, 2020) - On Friday, December 11, Berkeley County joined state and community leaders to break ground on the Clements Ferry Road Phase 2 widening project (see photo attached). This project will add two lanes to Clements Ferry Road, for approximately 4.5 miles, from Jack Primus Road to SC Highway 41 near the Wando River. The improvements also include a multiuse path and a raised planted median. “This project will improve the quality of life for thousands in the Lowcountry. It will mean a safer trip to school. It will provide safe recreation and pedestrian opportunities. It will improve congestion along the corridor. This project as well as other high-capacity road projects are a priority for the County. Today’s groundbreaking is just one more step toward fulfilling major infrastructure needs in Berkeley County. The Clements Ferry Road projects are a true testament to the importance of the County’s One-Cent Sales Tax Program and its ability to fund much needed infrastructure improvements.” -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor Phase 2 will pick-up at the end of the Clements Ferry Road Phase 1 widening project which expanded Clements Ferry Road from I-526 to Jack Primus Road, approximately four miles.  Phase 1 was completed in August 2019. The much-anticipated project will be managed by Berkeley County and is designed to increase the quality of life of Berkeley County residents by decreasing congestion and increasing safety along the corridor. Berkeley County Council awarded the project contract to Banks Construction Company in November 2020. “We are ready to see this project get off the ground. It has been a competitive and thorough process to get to this point and I look forward to seeing great work from our capable project team.” -Berkeley County Councilman Josh Whitley While residents may not see roadway and bridge construction until the middle of 2021, important preliminary construction work will begin next week. This includes clearing and grubbing, drainage improvements, and utility relocations. Construction is expected to be complete by November 2024. This project is primarily funded by the 2014 Berkeley County One-Cent Sales Tax Program with additional federal funds. It is expected to cost $64 million, including right-of-way acquisition, permitting, construction and more. Additionally, the next large project to go out to construction will be the U.S. 176 Phase 1 widening from U.S. 17A to Nexton Parkway. Right-of-way acquisition has been completed and final plan approvals and environmental permitting are scheduled for completion in the next few weeks.  Additionally, complex utility relocation efforts are being coordinated and being done in a manner to minimize any customer disruption during construction of the roadway and drainage improvements.  The County anticipates advertising this critical infrastructure project for construction bids at the first of the year. Also, the County is pleased to announce that Spine Road C is expected to be complete in early 2021. Spine Road C will provide another access route into Cane Bay and will be named Nexton Parkway Extension from the intersection of the recently completed Nexton Parkway intersection with U.S. 176. Finally, the Henry Brown Boulevard Phase 2 project, from Liberty Hall Road to Highway 52, will go out for bid in the first quarter of 2021. For construction updates, visit www.BuildingBerkeley.com.

November 2020

Historic Voter Turnout for General Electionclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Friday, November 13, 2020) –Berkeley County Registration and Elections Director Adam Hammons made a presentation to County Council on Monday, November 9, highlighting the record voter turnout in the 2020 General Election, which exceeded the 2016 number by more than 20,000 people.

This video highlights the extra efforts from staff, additional locations, and more.

A total of 105,087 Berkeley County citizens voted in the 2020 General Election held on November 3.This is 72.5% of registered County voters. In 2016, Berkeley County saw approximately 81,000 citizens vote, or 68% of registered voters.

The 2020 total includes 36,979 voters who voted in person for in-person absentee voting; whereas, in 2016, roughly 9,000 people voted in-person. The absentee voting by mail this year saw 20,400 citizens votes; and in 2016, approximately 6,000 people voted via mail-in absentee ballots. 47,458 people voted on November 3.

In-person absentee voting opened at the Berkeley County Voter Registration Office on October 5. The County also opened the St. Stephen and Hanahan Libraries from October 19-30 for in-person absentee voting.

“It was well received to have those additional sites. I think it’s something that’s been needed and something that the public appreciated,” said Berkeley County Voter Registration and Elections Director Adam Hammons at the Council meeting Monday, November 9.

“Mr. Hammons, you had a heck of a task before you. Mr. Cribb said it earlier, but what an election and thank you and your staff…This was the first time we went from one site in Moncks Corner to three… and increased our voters by 20,000 people,” said Councilman Josh Whitley at Monday’s meeting.

Of those three absentee voting locations, more than 19,000 people voted at the Berkeley County Office in Moncks Corner, more than 11,000 people voted at the Hanahan Library and more than 5,000 people voted at the St. Stephen Library.

On Election Day, there were 59 polling locations open with 96 precincts represented.

“I want to commend your staff. It’s like your Super Bowl… There was just some great work that went on,” said Supervisor Johnny Cribb at Monday’s meeting.

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– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –

October 2020

Keep Berkeley Beautiful Receives Support Grantclick to view complete article

Berkeley County, SC – Keep Berkeley Beautiful (KBB) received a Keep South Carolina Beautiful (KSCB) Annual Support Grant to fund local initiatives, expanding new or current programs related to litter prevention, beautification, and recycling throughout Berkeley County.

Keep Berkeley Beautiful was awarded the funds after submitting a grant application supporting KSCB and the mission of KBB.

“Awarding Keep Berkeley Beautiful funds will ensure community members can continue local land and waterway litter prevention and cleanups, the 100 Live Oak Tree Project, and the Beautiful Berkeley Gateway Project. Community cleanups like the Adopt-A-Landing and Adopt-A-Highway Programs help engage community members to take responsibility for being a solution to issues of litter in Berkeley County,” said Keep South Carolina Beautiful State Leader, Mallory Coffey.

“Receiving the KSCB Annual Support Grant allows us to provide the cleanup supplies and means for local community groups who wish to eradicate litter and beautify Berkeley County,” said KBB Director, Sarah McCarthy Smith. “In addition, the Beautiful Berkeley Gateway Project and the 100 Live Oak Tree Project aim to beautify our area and prevent littering behavior.”

KBB was one of more than 25 organizations to receive grant funding from Keep South Carolina Beautiful. The competitive grant allows local affiliates to change behaviors of community members who litter, create beautiful public spaces, and educate the public on the importance and “how to” of recycling.

In order to win grant funding, KBB provided a clear message of behavior change and addressed how it will educate the public, provide litter pick-up opportunities to citizens, support enforcement of litter laws, and make the community aware of its mission and vision.

If you are interested in learning more about the Keep South Carolina Annual Support Grant or how to partner with Keep South Carolina Beautiful, contact Mallory Coffey at .

If you are interested in volunteering with Keep Berkeley Beautiful, contact Sarah McCarthy Smith at (843)719-2383 or

Key Facts about Keep Berkeley Beautiful (KBB):

  • KBB was officially affiliated by Keep America Beautiful, Keep South Carolina Beautiful, and Berkeley County Council on February 13, 2017. 
  • The KBB Board is comprised of inspired citizens, government and law enforcement officials, school district personnel, and business leaders.
  • The KBB goals consist of eradicating litter, improving recycling, and beautifying Berkeley County.
  • Over the past three years, KBB has created and maintained the Adopt-A-Landing Program, the 100 Live Oaks along Live Oak Road Project, and the Beautiful Berkeley Gateway Project. 
  • KBB has participated in and lead numerous land and waterway community cleanups, including Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup, and the ongoing Adopt-A-Highway Program.
  • In 2019 alone, KBB had 1,206 volunteers contributing over 3,787 volunteer hours, removing over 244,687 pounds of litter in Berkeley County. 
  • KBB won the “Affiliate Recognition Award” through Keep South Carolina Beautiful both in 2018 and 2019. 

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PalmettoPride is working towards a litter-free South Carolina. Created as a legislative initiative to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina by engaging citizens to take action in their communities through education, enforcement, awareness and pickup. Keep South Carolina Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and is housed as a program under PalmettoPride. KSCB oversees nearly 30 affiliates across the state and provides resources, training, and guidance to those affiliates.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Newly-Renovated Dean Hall Reopens at Cypress Gardensclick to view complete article

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Monday, October 26, 2020) — A ribbon-cutting on Monday, October 26, at Cypress Gardens celebrated the reopening of the park’s beautiful reception hall called Dean Hall.

Like many facilities in the park, Dean Hall was severely damaged by the historic floods in 2015. While a renovated Cypress Gardens reopened in April 2019, the popular reception hall remained closed, still in need of an extensive overhaul project.

The Dean Hall renovation project was funded by a partnership between Berkeley County and the SC Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism (PRT). PRT’s Undiscovered SC grant program assists communities with the development of publicly-owned tourism products and attractions that will encourage visitation to South Carolina.

Local leaders, County staff, hotel representatives and other community members came together to c