Though Town Hall remains closed to the public for safety precautions related to the pandemic, staff is still doing business as usual, adjusting to restrictions on face-to-face meetings. Staff continues to review plans and permits, and conduct site inspections and Zoom meetings.
Bins are placed outside the Town Hall main doors to drop off plans and pick them up once they have been reviewed.
The town has also launched its new online platform that allows contractors, homebuilders and homeowners to electronically apply for permits, submit building plans, track the status of permits/plans, schedule building inspections and pay for town invoices.
The new portal, known as Citizen Self Service Portal (CSS), is accepting plans and permit requests. CSS has replaced the former portal, known as the Citizens Access Portal (CAP). This provides an alternative to the traditional process of submitting paper comments and traveling to Town Hall or using the mail.
Here in Bluffton, in all the years I have been a resident and an elected official, I’ve always stressed the importance of transparency.
It’s important the people who have been elected to represent the public or those who are employees of a local government let the public know what is really going on with their tax dollars.
This is also important in our police department and what they do each and every day. I commend the Bluffton Police Department, which is now helping the public know more about what situations patrol officers respond to.
Last month, the Bluffton Police Department began posting on its website the Public Information Log. It’s a list and short summary of Bluffton police incident reports that each officer completes before the end of their shift.
You can open any newspaper or social media post and see negative thoughts on just about every issue there is in our county. Today I want to share a story that took place over the past week in our cluster of the Beaufort County School District.
This story relates to something I have been saying for many months now, and that is we need to focus on three words or traits: kind, considerate and respect. The resident who reached out to me truly lives these traits.
This past week I received an email from a resident with a concern she had while visiting the library in Bluffton. She noticed three young students sitting at the front door and found out they had walked there to get internet service because their family could not afford it.