Bluffton Town Council ended its annual retreat Wednesday by voting to focus on 13 priorities next year.
The goals, which aren't ranked by priority, include:
Economic development policy: Draft a document defining the town's vision for the kinds of businesses it wants to bring to the area, and for landing them.
Branding and marketing: Develop a recognizable brand for the area through better signs and public relations.
Buck Island and Simmonsville septic repair: Repair or replace faulty septic systems. The systems are a significant cause of pollution in the May River.
Stoney Creek wetland restoration: Clean up about 4,900 acres of the river's watershed, part of which is on Beaufort County land. Work with the county to fund the $500,000 project.
New Riverside stormwater: Clean the watershed south of May River Road and west of Old Palmetto Bluff Road using $466,000 budgeted in the 2013 fiscal year.
Hampton Lake Lagoon: Modify lagoons in 2,500 acres around Hampton Lakes, another element in the May River clean-up project.
Public information officer: Hire a person to handle town news and answer questions from the public.
Welcome center changes: Find a new location or revamp the existing center -- the Heyward House on 70 Boundary St. Council believes it's too hard for newcomers to find.
Bluffton Parkway extension: Reopen talks with the county about moving a proposed intersection of the Bluffton and Buckwalter parkways 400 feet north. Council said moving the intersection would be a better use of land and would honor an agreement with a developer.
Don Ryan Center for Innovation: Work with Clemson University and CareCore National to open the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, a business incubator.
Road maintenance: Explore the possibility of maintaining several "ghost roads" in old town whose ownership is not known. Maintaining some of the roads would provide more public access to the May River.
Town hall plan: Begin planning for moving town hall to the center of old town, as recommended in the 2006 Old Town Master Plan.
Hampton Parkway: Work with the county to alleviate safety concerns about the parkway's loss of a turn lane.
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