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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Mayor’s memo: Hardeeville has ambitious 2019 goals

Harry Williams 1

Happy New Year everyone! For those of you who have made New Year’s resolutions, I hope you are on your way to achieving your goals.

The City Council made their New Year’s resolutions official at the Council meeting on Jan. 3. It is an ambitious list, as always, but the staff is ready and able to accomplish every one in 2019. Here they are in no particular order:


  • Build the new community center and complete the construction of Fire Station 81 on Martin Street. The Council passed the first reading of an ordinance that will authorize the last part of the financing package for the community center; the deed to the land is now officially transferred to the city, and so now the permitting process and site preparation can begin.
  • The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will develop a marketing plan for the community center to promote contributions and “naming rights” for the community center.
  • The Council has given the Jasper County Council an innovative plan for a cost-effective way to provide Fire and EMS service to the southern part of Jasper County. We will pursue this proposal to its conclusion.
  • Develop a workforce housing commission to help formulate policy and promote quality affordable housing for the working families of Hardeeville.
  • Design and adopt a Storm Water Master Plan. The city recognizes the need to address the flow of water through the City and has already agreed to participate in the regional plan adopted by the Southern Low Country Advisory Board (SoLoCo).
  • Develop a comprehensive annexation policy that will guide the City’s staff when annexation applications are offered to the City.
  • Develop a new annual festival that will showcase Hardeeville and promote community spirit.

The city will also initiate projects in 2019 that will be completed in 2020 and 2021. Here are a few:


  • Create a “Veteran’s Memorial Park” near the Library.
  • Extend natural gas lines to the Hardeeville Commerce Park and other commercial areas.
  • Initiate traffic calming tactics on Argent Boulevard in cooperation with SCDOT and Jasper County.
  • Study alternative and more cost-effective methods to deliver City services.
  • Develop plans for the revitalization of Whyte Hardee Blvd.
  • Begin to implement bike and pedestrian trails to connect with the East Coast Greenway.

In addition to the goals of the city, the department heads established priority projects for the year. There is a long list but here are some examples.


  • Implement a culvert cleaning program to improve storm water drainage through the downtown area.
  • Continue to push for a traffic light on Hwy. 278 at the Margaritaville/Hilton Head Lakes intersection.
  • Develop a new dog park and initiate a pet vaccine clinic.
  • Build a new children’s park-playground at the sports complex.
  • Expand community outreach programs by the police and fire departments and re-start the Mayor’s Breakfast.
  • Purchase a pot hole filling machine.
  • Develop a monthly newsletter.
  • Develop an anti-litter program in cooperation with Jasper and Beaufort counties.
  • Improve maintenance, beautification and landscaping of medians along Whyte Hardee Blvd.
  • Initiate an “Adopt-a-Plot” program that will encourage public/private partnerships for beautifying the city.

As you can see, the city has set very high standards of performance for 2019 and it is a reflection on the confidence that the City Council and our City Manager have for the dedication and capabilities of the entire city staff. It also shows the need for the city’s new deputy City Manager, Matt Davis, who started in his new role on Jan. 7, as reported in this paper earlier.


Davis will be very busy in his new role. Please join us in welcoming him to the city.

The goals and priorities of the city as listed above are an accumulation of ideas contributed by many; most important of which are thoughts we hear all year long from you the citizens of Hardeeville. Continue to voice your needs and hopes to everyone in the city so we can be sure that they become part of this list in the future.

May we all meet our expectations for 2019!

Harry Williams is the mayor of Hardeeville.

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