County News

Traffic pattern change implemented for Williams Lane project in Hanahan

Traffic pattern changes will be implemented on Friday, June 15 on Foster Creek Road, at the intersections of Song Sparrow Drive and Williams Lane.
Upon the implementation, the intersection will be a traffic circle (roundabout).
Signage, temporary painted pavement markings and traffic barrels will be in place indicating proper traffic flow. This work is the beginning of the second phase of the four-phase project.
This will allow crews to work in the center of the traffic circle. Stage three will consist of paving.
The fourth and final stage will include the final paving work and beautification work.
The project is currently on schedule and substantial completion is anticipated for July 28.
A ribbon-cutting for the new Bowens Corner Elementary will be held on August 4 Motorists traveling the area are urged to exercise caution and follow all traffic flow as directed.

Updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps from FEMA released for Berkeley County

Updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were released and can be found here [see attached pdf] These maps will determine the flood insurance premium of homes in Berkeley County, depending upon the zone the home is located.
There are six zones in Berkeley County, zone X, shaded X, AE, V, VE and A.
Those who were not in a flood plain before, but have been mapped into one now may be required to buy insurance.
If the flood elevation has gone up, the rate may increase.
However, those who are no longer in a flood zone may no longer need flood insurance, or could see a decrease in flood insurance premiums.
The FEMA maps reflect updated flood zones and changes based on new available data.
The Letter of Final Determination (LFD) from FEMA was received by the County this week and will go into effect in six months, on December 7, 2018.
This will allow staff six months to update the County flood ordinance.
The current County flood zone maps are from 2003.
FEMA released the new preliminary maps in February 2016.
Through combined effort with a State Coordinator at the Department of Natural Resources, Floodplain Management hosted an open house on August 10, 2016 to allow the public the opportunity to view and comment on the new maps.
The Department of Natural Resources then published information about the maps in a local newspaper and the 90-day appeal period followed from April 20, 2017- July 20, 2017."Berkeley County leaders and citizens have been eager to receive the LFD from FEMA to see updates that reflect current conditions," said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler."These maps will be guiding documents for Berkeley County citizens and future homeowners.
County leaders are thankful for the hard work that has gone into these documents and are eager to get the maps adopted."
For more information on the new maps and specific questions contact Berkeley County Floodplain Manager Penny Ayers at 843-719-4266 or [see attached pdf]

Berkeley County Chief of Emergency Medical Services announces resignation

Berkeley County Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Matt Lindewirth announced his resignation on June 6, 2018.<br />Lindewirth has served as the Chief of Berkeley County EMS since October 2016.<br />His last day with the County will be June 30, 2018.<br />Under Chief Lindewirths leadership, Berkeley County EMS has accomplished the following.<br />&#183; Improved EMS response times<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;o May 2017 compared to May 2018 showed 30 decrease in response times despite 10 increase in call volume.<br />&#183; Modernization and increase to EMS equipment and vehicle fleet<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;o In less than two years, Chief Lindewirth has replaced nearly one-third of the EMS vehicle fleet.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;o Added a total of seven new ambulances this year, three additional have been presented in 2018-2019 recommended budget.<br />&#183; Increased EMS first-responders<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;o Added four staffed ambulances (one 24-hour, three peak 12-hour)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;o Added three battalion chiefs total (one per shift) <br />&#183; Improved employee retention<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;o Vacancy rate for fulltime EMS employees when Chief Lindewirth started in 2016 was 46.<br />In June 2018, it is 1.<br />&#183; Updated Berkeley County EMS policies and procedures <br />&#183; Improved and strengthened training <br />&#183; Recently received the American Heart Associations Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Recognition Award.<br />Daniel Barb, the Director of Emergency Services, will fulfill Chief of EMS duties after June 30, until the position has been filled."I thank Chief Matt Lindewirth for his incredible work and valued service to the citizens of Berkeley County.<br />He has done a remarkable job in Berkeley County and completely overhauled the County Emergency Medical Services.<br />He has strengthened the Countys EMS policies, procedures, equipment and staffing.<br />Chief Lindewirth has a heart for public safety and his devotion to his team is unmatched.<br />We will miss his energy and leadership, and know he will thrive at his next job."<br />-Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler "For the past 21 months, I have been proud to be a part of an organization that has such compassionate patient care providers.<br />The entire team has worked so hard to place the patient first, put the right resources in the proper locations to decrease our response times, and provide state-of-the-art equipment to allow the Paramedics and EMTs of Berkeley County do what they do best, save lives.<br />It saddens me to be leave, but the opportunity I was presented was one I could not turn down for both professional and personal reasons.I look forward to following the careers of these great people from afar."<br />-Matthew Lindewirth, MSEMS, NRP, Chief of Berkeley County EMS.