Board praises Robinson for service to Sullivan’s Island – The Island Eye News

By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News

Sullivan’s Island Council passed a resolution congratulating Randy Robinson, who is retiring after more than four decades in various positions within the city. At its regular January 18 meeting, the Council cited Robinson for his many years of public service, as he “demonstrated an enduring affection for the island and devotion to its people”.

Robinson, a native of Sullivan’s Island, began his service on the island as a firefighter and later served as a part-time and then full-time construction worker. He worked “diligently and tirelessly” to help Sullivan’s Island recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and also served as the city’s floodplain manager. “Thank you for the support over the years,” Robinson told the Council.

“Without the Council’s support, I would not have been able to do what I was able to do. It’s been great and I’m ready to move on. Council unanimously approved at third reading an ordinance that will allow the city to lease property generally bounded by Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, Mike Perkis Place and I’On Avenue to the Battery Gadsden Cultural Center. In addition, the Board has decided to accept an offer from Mahoney’s Sign Company to produce and install 36-inch by 24-inch historical markers at Capron and Butler Battery, Station 17 and Middle and the back gate of Fort Moultrie, near the cannons at the intersection of Poe and Middle. The Battery Gadsden Cultural Center will provide verbiage and photos for the markers. At the Commission’s request, BGCC contacted five potential suppliers. Four of them responded with offers, including Mahoney’s, which offered to do the job for $1,100 per panel. Graphic designer Dan Roth of Athens, Georgia, who has worked with the city before, will design the markers for $1,500, bringing the total offer to $4,800.

Other deals ranged from $2,698.45 to $8,999.30 — plus $400 each for single-post frames or $500 each for double-post frames. Council member Justin Novak, who sits on the council’s public facilities committee, suggested that Mahoney’s Signs “is the way to go.” “It’s a good price, and we know them well,” he said. Council also voted to go ahead with an expenditure of $4,800 for three historical markers and to lease property at the Battery Gadsden Cultural Center and, as is the town’s custom, to read aloud the names of islanders who died during the previous year.

Mayor Pat O’Neil read aloud the names of Islanders who died in 2021, including: Louise Rossell, Jennifer Butler Murray, James E. Wear, C. Bryan Rowell, Ralph E. Rivers, MD, James W. “Tommy Tompkins Jr., Carolyn Farmer Scarpa-Neal, James “Jimmy” Gladden Jr., Florine Gunnells Dodds, Amanda Hunt Bayard, Marie McManus, Juanita “Nita” Byrum, Richard “Dick” Blanchard, Kathleen “Kathy” Marie Mazanek Anderegg and Brian W. Bean.

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