The Beaufort County Council met last week for its annual retreat, where after hours of discussion and gallons of caffienated beverages it listed its priorities for next fiscal year.
Behind all the work were some important numbers that the public doesn’t typically see.
Here’s the breakdown by the numbers of the 2012 county council retreat:
Hours in discussion: about 20
Discussion topics: about 170
Number of presentations: 7
- County attorney Josh Gruber talked about essential and non-essential services.
- County deputy administrator Bryan Hill gave a report card on the completion of last year's priorities.
- County assessor Ed Hughes explained his predictions for the 2014 reassessment.
- County chief financial officer David Starkey showed his mil value and tax rate analysis for FY 2012.
- City of Beaufort presented its plan to county council for the Boundary Street Redevelopment.
- County planner Tony Criscitiello talked about the county's most recent "community development code" draft. He said the plan is a hybrid of form-based code and smart growth.
- Presentation of Beaufort County's profile based on 2010 census data.
- Solid Waste Manager Jim Minor pitched a proposal for changing the way the county manages trash and recycling.
Food costs: $910.63
- Dinner from Sgt. White, Feb. 16: $613.12
- Breakfast from Dunkin' Donuts and Bojangle's, Feb. 17: $72.09
- Lunch from Firehouse Subs, Feb. 18: $208
- Breakfast from Dunkin' Donuts, Feb. 19: $17.42
High priorities (next most important): 10
They were as follows:
- Get public input and planning commission action on the new community development code
- Further discussion and possible ranking of essential and non-essential county services by importance
- Partner with Hilton Head to plan what to do with the Mitchelville Historic Site
- Determine what the county's role will be in the Sea Pines dredging issue
- Determine the county's role in the Lowcountry Economic Alliance
- Review whether to modify county business license fees. The council discussed whether the fees were hurting the area's potential bring job growth
- Find funding for further amenities at the Buckwalter Regional Park
- Talking to school districts about joint-use of recreation facilities
- Search for cost-effective solutions for the Daufuskie Island ferry service. The current contract with Palmetto Breeze expires June 30.
- Working out agreements for ditch maintenance and dredging on private properties
- Assessment of area bridges for improvements and replacements. Woods Memorial swing bridge going in downtown Beaufort was mentioned as needed renovation or replacement.