Mayor’s memo: Congrats to Hardeeville mayor pro tem Carroll
Please join me in congratulating Councilman John Carroll on his election to the position of Hardeeville mayor pro tempore for the year 2018.
This position carries the prestige of being elected by his fellow council members and this year’s unanimous vote shows the confidence we all have in John. He has served on the council since June 2, 2016 and in that time he has been an invaluable link to the residents in Old Town Hardeeville.
As a lifelong resident of Hardeeville, John is a familiar face around town, often with his grandson by his side, and he is the “go-to guy” when people need an understanding ear.
In his role as mayor pro tempore, John will fill in when the mayor can’t attend and will assume the role of spokesperson when the mayor is away. It is a vital role and helps to ensure that a council leader is always in attendance at public events.
Please also join me in thanking the outgoing mayor pro tempore, Councilman David Spisso, who served for the past 20 months in that role. As we all know, David is a constant presence throughout the community and rarely misses an event since his election in 2014.
His passion for Hardeeville and her residents is apparent to all who meet him. He did a great job and he set the bar of performance high for all those who will follow him.
Election date change
You may have noticed that the timing of this change is different than past years and here’s why. The City Council decided to change the election date from May to November.
Typically, the mayor pro tem would be elected the first of June when the newly elected council members are sworn in. In the future, new council members will be sworn in on the first of January and so we needed to change the election date of mayor pro tem.
Last month we changed the ordinance to reflect the new date and at the same time changed the term from two years to 1 year; and in the future an election will be held each January for mayor pro tem. This gives the council the flexibility to either re-elect the same person or elect someone different. It also gives every worthy council member a chance to serve within their four-year term.
State of the county
On another note, Wednesday, Feb. 14 the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual State of the County Breakfast in the community room of Palmetto Electric on Hwy. 278 in Hardeeville. Jasper County Chairman Tom Johnson, Mayor Joey Malphrus of Ridgeland and I will each report on the happenings of our respective jurisdictions.
As always, the Jasper County Sun Times will report on what is said and the paper always does a wonderful job. For those of you who wish to see the whole event, it will be taped by the Hardeeville Media Department and will be available at some point in the video section of the city website; www.cityofhardeeville.com. I encourage you to watch it and learn about the many things affecting Jasper County.
Community center moves forward
Lastly, the City Council approved the financing last month for the planned community center. We hope to finalize a location this spring and break ground by the summer.
Our goal is to have a multifunctional facility that every member of the community will enjoy; including a college size basketball court, an exercise/weight room, racquetball courts, a theatrical stage and meeting rooms. But before we approve the final layout, we want to hear from the community.
Please go the link and let us know what is important to you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MC3Y953 .
Economic development brings many positive changes to us all and the Community Center will be one of those rewards that everyone in Hardeeville will be able to use and be proud of.
Harry Williams is the mayor of the city of Hardeeville.