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2019

Woman pulled from sinking vehicle Town of Bluffton Accomodations Tax Applications due December 31 at noon Town of Bluffton offices to close early Thursday for vigil in memory of Ameer Frazier Police investigate tragic accident following Bluffton's Christmas Parade Arrest made in Bush Lane shooting incident Town to host Movie Night in the Park, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Christmas Parade Christmas Toy Drive: Donate holiday cheer to children in our community Town of Bluffton offices to close for Thanksgiving Holiday 2nd annual Heartwarming Classic to raise funds for Shop with a Cop Jeffrey Robinowich inducted into Town of Bluffton's Wall of Honor Town of Bluffton installs inclusive playground swings at public parks Reminder: Town of Bluffton Municipal Election on November 5, 2019 Locals donate to Lutzie 43 Scholarship Fund WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade 2019 Town of Bluffton Accommodations Tax applications due Monday, September 30 at Noon Bluffton Police Department hosts National Night Out on October 1, 2019 31st Annual Beach/River Sweep to be held Saturday, September 21 at Oyster Factory Park Town of Bluffton to enhance public information requirements regarding new developments Town Hall open for election filing until noon, September 6 Town of Bluffton offices to be closed for Labor Day, September 2 Town of Bluffton installs speed humps on Thomas Heyward Street Town of Bluffton applauds Campbell Chapel AME Church on its National Register of Historic Places Town of Bluffton to break ground at Wright Family Park on August 20 Town of Bluffton issues public reminder regarding political signs in the Town of Bluffton and Unincorporated Beaufort County Town of Bluffton to install street lights on Boundary Street Am I a Town resident? Educating voters about Town limits ahead of the election Town of Bluffton municipal election set for November 5, filing period opens August 6 Police arrest suspect in July 12, 2019 shooting incident Town of Bluffton installs four sunscreen dispensers thanks to local initiative and donations New signage prohibiting certain vehicles in place in the Town of Bluffton Municipal Association of South Carolina honors Town of Bluffton with Achievement Award Bluffton Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Team to conduct checkpoint Bluffton Police Department seeks information in Jim N Nick's incidents Bluffton Police Department seeks information in armed robbery of Parker's on Evans Way Town of Bluffton to host job fair August 9 at Rotary Community Center Rotary Club of Bluffton and Town celebrate nearly 20-year partnership with Oscar Frazier Pavilion donation Town of Bluffton seeks public input for preservation plan for Squire Pope Carriage House Town of Bluffton provides interactive maps to update residents on development projects Construction of 68 Boundary Street Park continues, upcoming partial closures Pressana Grant to be inducted into Town of Bluffton's Wall of Honor, ceremony on July 9 at 5:30 p.m. Bluffton Town offices closed on July 4 Bluffton Police Department is accepting Citizen Police Academy applications Town of Bluffton to host first Lutzie43 Road Race Applicants sought for Bluffton Town Council appointed committees Town of Bluffton begins bulkhead construction at Wright Family Park Town of Bluffton Accommodations Tax applications due July 1 at noon Town of Bluffton prepares for 2019 Hurricane Season Town of Bluffton to install sidewalks on Buck Island Road BPD: Arrest made in Bluffton burglary Town of Bluffton celebrates Town Hall renovations with ribbon-cutting and open house Town of Bluffton to host workshop regarding short-term rentals Construction at Boundary Street Park prompts street closures Town offices to be closed in observance of Memorial Day 4th Annual Mayor's Bluffton Youth Community Service Awards to be held May 14 Bluffton Police Department hosts hurricane preparedness meetings for the public Town of Bluffton hosts 4th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium 3rd Annual Bluffton Safety Day to take place Saturday, May 18 Town of Bluffton launches new citizen reporting tool, SeeClickFix Applicants sought for Bluffton Town Council appointed committees Town offices closed April 19 in observance of Good Friday Town of Bluffton celebrates Arbor Day by planting a cathedral oak at Town Hall 19th Annual May River Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 27 Waste Management readjusts service routes as a result of growth in the Town of Bluffton Town of Bluffton seeks applicants for current vacancies Town of Bluffton to begin construction at 184 Bluffton Road; project includes 41 parking spaces Bluffton Police Department Recognized as 'Agency of the Year' for DUI enforcement Press Conference scheduled for Lutzie 43 Seconds campaign Bluffton woman turns self into police, arrested for Felony Driving Under the Influence Town of Bluffton to begin construction on Boundary Street Park Town of Bluffton Accommodations Tax Applications due Friday, March 29 at noon Police arrest man in connection to September 2018 shooting Distracted driving education through '43 Seconds' campaign Town of Bluffton Social Media Policy Bluffton named 'Safest City' in South Carolina by Home Security Advisor Town of Bluffton's Council Chambers named in honor of Emmett McCracken Bluffton named 4th 'Safest City' in South Carolina by HomeSnacks Mayor Lisa Sulka inducted into Town of Bluffton's Wall of Honor, ceremony to be held Bluffton man arrested on charge of criminal sexual conduct Bluffton Police Department seeks citizen input in Community Policing Survey Bluffton’s Deputy Town Manager Scott Marshall selected for 2019 International City/County Management Association Gettysburg Leadership Institute Town of Bluffton acquires 44-acres from Palmetto Bluff in New Riverside Town of Bluffton offices closed for MLK Day Secure the Call: Donate old cell phones to the Bluffton Police Department Bluffton Police seek information in several armed robberies Town of Bluffton's Year in Review 2018 Bluffton Police seek suspects caught on video breaking into vehicles

2018

Town of Bluffton to improve Oyster Factory Park's boat ramp and drainage Town of Bluffton closed for Christmas and New Years BJWSA reschedules water shutdown for portions of Burnt Church Road BJWSA schedules water shutdown for portions of Burnt Church Road Applicants sought for Bluffton Town Council appointed committees Bluffton Christmas Parade road closures Reminder: Town of Bluffton Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade Town of Bluffton Offices Closed For Thanksgiving Don Ryan Center for Innovation Announces Groundbreaking for New Facility Town of Bluffton Offices Closed November 12 for Veteran's Day Town Hosts Events to Explore Untold Stories of Bluffton's African-American History Town of Bluffton Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Bluffton Dog Park Hurricane Michael Debris Bluffton Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony & Parade Town of Bluffton Offers Home Repair Assistance for Income-Qualified Residents Town of Bluffton Receives Statewide Preservation Award for Garvin-Garvey House Rehabilitation Don Ryan Center Adds Vice President of Innovation Town of Bluffton Accommodations Tax Applications Due Friday, September 28 at Noon Waste Management Resumes Regular Waste & Recycling Schedule Town of Bluffton Preparing for Hurricane Florence Bluffton Muncipal Court Canceled for Tuesday, September 11 Due to Hurricane Florence Town of Bluffton 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony Christopher Chapmond Sworn in as Bluffton Police Chief Shrimp Boat Playground at Bluffton's DuBois Park will be Closed Monday & Tuesday for Painting Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Labor Day 30th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Saturday, September 15th Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Starts November 1, 2018 Town of Bluffton Receives "High Performance Government Award" After Implementing Asset-Tracking Software During Tropical Storm Irma Municipal Association of South Carolina honors Bluffton with Achievement Award Town of Bluffton Installs Street Lighting in Goethe-Shults Neighborhood Town of Bluffton Seeks Applicants for Current Vacancies Town Manager Selects Christopher Chapmond as Bluffton’s Next Chief of Police Town of Bluffton Celebrates May River Road & Dr. Mellichamp Drive Streetscape Projects July 18 & 25 Finalists Identified in Search for Bluffton's Next Police Chief Town of Bluffton Offices Closed July 4, 2018 Town of Bluffton Will Demolish Buildings at 184 Bluffton Road in Preparation to Add Public Parking, Sidewalks and Lighting to Historic District Coastal Living Magazine Names Bluffton #5 Happiest Seaside Town in Top 10 List Town of Bluffton Announces Timeline for Police Chief Search Town of Bluffton Accommodations Tax Applications Due Friday, June 29 at Noon Don Ryan Center for Innovation Launches Search for New VP Town of Bluffton To Provide Additional Parking at Oyster Factory Park/Memorial Day Weekend Don Ryan Center For Innovation Appoints New CEO Girl Scout Troop 4000 Contributes Plants, Funds to Town's Butterfly Garden Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Memorial Day Town Council Approves First Reading of FY 2019 Consolidated Budget National Conference of New Urbanism Will Tour Bluffton's Historic District Thursday Town Hosts 3rd Annual Historic Preservation Symposium Keep Bluffton Beautiful Litter Cleanup Town of Bluffton to Improve Oyster Factory Park's Boat Ramp, Drainage and Parking Lots May River Road Streetscape Update Nightime Road Detours to Begin Sunday, April 22 Public/Political Reminder: Permitting/Permission/Removal of Political Signs in the Town of Bluffton & Unincorporated Beaufort County Community Workshop & Discussion on Town of Bluffton Business License Ordinance Update 18th Annual May River Cleanup is Saturday, April 28 Town of Bluffton Celebrates Arbor Day, Planting New Trees at Oscar Frazier Park Town Hosts Goethe-Shults Neighborhood Meeting to Develop Infrastructure Plan Town of Bluffton Appoints Lt. Donald "Scott" Chandler as Interim Police Chief Chief of Police Joseph Manning Resigns Oscar Frazier Park Field of Dreams Improvements Town of Bluffton Request Feedback for 68 Boundary Street Park / Parking Area Design Plan - Preview of Plans / DuBois Park / Saturday, March 31 Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Good Friday Update: Dr. Mellichamp Drive Streetscape - Portion of Dr. Mellichamp Drive Will Close/Expect Traffic Delays Town of Bluffton to Install Street Lights on Lawrence Street Town of Bluffton Completes Jason-Able Sewer Extension Project Update: Dr. Mellichamp Drive Streetscape Traffic Flow to Change in Construction Zone Town of Bluffton and Celebrate Bluffton, Inc. Partner for Historic Preservation Education & Advocacy Town Hosts Community Workshop - Topics: Bluffton Home Series, Neighborhood Assistance & Heirs' Property Town of Bluffton Conducts Nationwide Search for CEO of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation DRCI Honored by Hilton Head / Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Time Inc.'s Coastal Living Brand Announces Top 10 List of America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2018 Bluffton Town Council Strategic Planning Workshop is January 18 Town of Bluffton's Deputy Town Manager Scott Marshall Credentialed by International Local Government Management Organization Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Town of Bluffton Offices Will Reopen at 10 a.m. Friday, January 5 Town of Bluffton Offices to Remain Closed Thursday, January 4 Town of Bluffton Offices Scheduled to Reopen Thursday, January 4 at Noon Town of Bluffton Offices Closed Wednesday, January 3 Due to Inclement Weather

2017

2017 Year in Review Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for New Year's Day Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday Dr. Mellichamp Drive Streetscape Street Closures Expected as Construction Progresses SafeHome.org Ranks Bluffton 5th Safest City in South Carolina Town of Bluffton Produces Economic Development Video Town of Bluffton and Don Ryan Center for Innovation Leaders Welcome St. Joseph/Candler's Investment and New Medical Campus to Buckwalter Place Commerce Park Bluffton Christmas Parade Road Closures Reminder: Locations of Town Services During Town Hall Renovations Town of Bluffton Christmas Toy Drive Town Hall Temporary Offices Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Town of Bluffton Begins Inspecting All Stormwater Treatment Systems as Part of a Federal Mandate Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Veterans Day Town of Bluffton Will Add a Third-Acre Park on May River Road Thanks to Land Donation Town of Bluffton Completes Phase 4 of the Buck Island-Simmonsville Community Sewer Project Applicants Sought for Bluffton Town Council Appointed Committees CALEA On-Site Assessment Town of Bluffton to Renovate Town Hall Clarification: Bluffton's River Sweep Has NOT Been Rescheduled for Saturday, October 21 Town of Bluffton to Install Sidewalks and Lighting on Buck Island Road Moody's Investors Service Upgrades the Town of Bluffton's Bond Rating to Aa1 (Double A1) Applicants Sought for Bluffton Town Council Appointed Committees Bluffton Town Council Unanimously Approves Public Sewer Connection and Extension Policy to Further Implement the Town's Priority to Provide Public Sewer Access to All Residents Town of Bluffton Plans to Add Approximately 50 Parking Spaces to Historic District after Purchasing 184 Bluffton Road The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, in Conjunction with the Town of Bluffton, Hosts Year-Long Lecture Series Town of Bluffton to Add New Public Parking Spaces in the Bluffton Historic District National Night Out Notice of Election Hurricane Irma Recovery Update 68 Boundary Street to be used for Training Town of Bluffton to Remove Two Buildings at 68 Boundary Street Town of Bluffton Damage Assessment Inspections and Building Permits Town of Bluffton Resumes Regular Business Hours Wednesday, September 13th Waste Management Trash/Recycling Resumes Regular Schedule Wednesday September 13th 29th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Saturday, September 16th Canceled Due to Hurricane Irma Town of Bluffton Cancels All Municipal Meetings for the Week of September 11-15 Bluffton Municipal Court Cancels Court for Tuesday, September 12 Due to Hurricane Irma 29th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Saturday, September 16th Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Labor Day Town of Bluffton Hosts Accommodations Tax Workshop Temporary Road Closures Scheduled Due to May River Road Streetscape Project & Sewer Installation PUBLIC/POLITICAL REMINDER: Permitting/Permission/Removal of Political Signs in the Town of Bluffton & Unincorporated Beaufort County Bluffton Revises Vendor Permitting Process Town of Bluffton Hosts Donation Event for Local Non-Profits Town of Bluffton Begins Sidewalk Installation in the Goethe-Shults Neighborhood The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, in Conjunction with the Town of Bluffton, Hosts Year-Long Lecture Series Town of Bluffton Municipal Election November 7 - Filing Period Opens August 9 Bluffton Municipal Court Relocates to Beaufort County Magistrate Court August 1 Bollard Installation in Historic District Award-Winning Research Serves as Foundation of Garvin House Tours Town of Bluffton to Continue Installing Sidewalks in Buck Island-Simmonsville Community Town of Bluffton Offices Closed July 4, 2017 Town Council Amends its 2017-2018 Strategic Plan Action Agenda Town Council Approves FY2018 Budget, Town Council's Strategic Plan, Advances Robust Capital Improvement Projects Program Town of Bluffton Names Deputy Chief Manning as New Chief Bluffton Police Accepting Citizen Police Academy Applications Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, in Conjunction with the Town of Bluffton, Hosts Year-Long Lecture Series Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds Announces Retirement Effective July 1 Town of Bluffton Offices Closed for Memorial Day Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County Purchased Historic Riverfront Property Town's Proposed FY2018 Budget Implements Town Council's Strategic Plan, Enhances Core Services and Existing Programs Public Hurricane Preparedness Meetings May River Road Streetscape Project Update: Evening Lane Closures to Begin Town Installs Additional No Parking Signs in Bluffton's Historic District Historic Preservation Symposium Celebrates Bluffton's Past, Present & Future Speed Limit Reduced on Portion of May River Road, Effective May 1 Town of Bluffton Celebrates Arbor Day at Oyster Factory Park Town of Bluffton Offers Home Repair Assistance for Income-Qualified Residents Litter Free Bluffton Bluffton Town Hall Closed for Good Friday Call to Action: 17th Annual May River Cleanup, Saturday, April 22nd Town of Bluffton Promotes Richard Spruce to the Town's Chief Building Official Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County to Purchase Historic District Riverfront Property Town of Bluffton Presents Citizen Engagement Workshop in March Bluffton Welcomes World Renowned Budweiser Clydesdales March 18 Applicants Sought for Bluffton Town Council Appointed Committees Town Amends Mobile Vending Ordinance, Implements Food Truck Guidelines Town of Bluffton Begins Jason Street Sewer Extension Project Town of Bluffton Scheduled to Restripe Hampton Parkway Starting January 30 Trisha Greathouse Named Bluffton's Director of Finance and Administration Bluffton's Director of Finance & Administration Shirley Freeman Retires Additional Customer Service Options for Trash/Recycling Service within the Town of Bluffton Save-The-Date: Bluffton Town Council Strategic Planning Workshop is February 7 Bluffton Town Hall Closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Town Receives Third EPA Grant for Water Quality

2016

Town Begins Construction Phase of May River Road Streetscape Project Bollard Installation in Historic District Hurricane Debris Dumpster to Be Removed from Oyster Factory Park Pine Ridge Lagoons Retrofit Reduces Stormwater Runoff to May River Bluffton Town Hall / Christmas & New Year's 2016 Holiday Schedule Section of Boundary Street Closed December 12th Town Selects Thomas & Hutton to Design Dr. Mellichamp Drive Streetscape Project Town of Bluffton Will Stripe No-Parking Areas Along Bluffton Road Beginning December 5 Town to Install Parking Signs in Bluffton's Historic District in Early December Bluffton Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade Town Hall Closed November 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving Holiday Bluffton Police Department Toy Drive Bluffton Town Hall Closed Friday, November 11 to Honor Veterans' Day Bluffton's Town Clerk Sandra Lunceford, 26-Year Employee, Retires Section of Calhoun Street Closed Briefly on November 4th Illegal Sign Placement Debris Removal, Pet Assistance, Convenience Centers Town of Bluffton Installs More Sidewalks on Buck Island Road Removal of Storm Debris from Private Neighborhoods Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival Road Closures Town of Bluffton Ready to Issue Emergency Permits Town of Bluffton Provides Locations for Residential Storm Debris Disposal PUBLIC/POLITICAL REMINDER: Permitting/Permission/Removal of Political Signs in the Town of Bluffton & Unincorporated Beaufort County Town of Bluffton to Acquire 1.47 Acres in the Bluffton Historic District Town of Bluffton Begins Phase 4 of Buck Island-Simmonsville Community Sewer Project Public Notice: Mobile Vendor Ordinance Meeting - Thursday, September 8, 2016 The 28th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Will Be Held Saturday, September 17th Town of Bluffton Hires Bryan McIlwee as Director of Engineering Graves House Stabilization is Complete Cornerstone Church's Public Parking Lot Closed August 15 - 16 for Maintenance Mayor Sulka Recruits for 2nd Annual Youth Community Service Award Program Town of Bluffton Releases Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2018 Oscar J. Frazier Inducted into Town’s Wall of Honor Town of Bluffton Adds Additional Public Parking in Historic District Historic Preservation Symposium Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Bluffton's Historic Designation Town Seeking Applicants to Fill Vacancies on Boards, Committees and Commissions Town of Bluffton Assumes Management of Oyster Factory Park Town of Bluffton Arbor Day Celebration at Red Cedar Elementary School Town of Bluffton Selects Construction Consultants as Garvin House Contractor Town of Bluffton Finalizes Multi-Party Agreement Impacting Okatie River Headwaters and National Healthcare Corporation South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Awards the Town of Bluffton a $200,000 Undiscovered SC Grant to Rehabilitate the Historic Garvin House Proposed Oyster Factory Park Master Plan Retrofit of Pine Ridge Lagoons Begins Monday, February 22nd Town Hall Renovation Proposal Approved Working Document from Day One of the Town's Strategic Planning Workshop The Town Begins Work to Enhance Oyster Factory Park Town of Bluffton Offers Residents Flood Zone Map & Provides Flood Zone Determinations and Elevation Certificates for Residents Town of Bluffton Begins Retrofit of Pine Ridge Lagoons to Reduce Stormwater Volume to the May River

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