TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners gave initial approval to a plan Dec. 4 that would allow two civic associations to sell commemorative bricks in the city of Treasure Island’s two new bridges.
The Isle of Capri and Isle of Palms associations are interested in selling the bricks as a fundraiser. Revenue from the sale would be used to help fund each association’s budget and the remainder of the money would be donated to the city for various municipal projects.
“It’s a good way to raise money and won’t cost the city anything,” said Commissioner Phil Collins. “The funds could be used in the future for various things like a fire defibulator and Beach Trail beautification. Plus, it gives people a chance for posterity and an opportunity to see their names on the bridge.”
Collins said the bricks would be 8 inches square, which would be large enough for six lines of 20 characters each.
John Meagher, project manager of the bridge projects for Johnson Brothers, said about 1,440 bricks would be used in the Capri bridge and 720 on the Palms bridge.
The associations will purchase the bricks. Cost to the public will be $100 each.
Dominique Reiter of the Isle of Capri Civic Association said the early response to the sale has been good.
“The idea has taken off like wildfire,” she said.
Gail Caldwell of the Isle of Palm Civic Association said the concept would be great for the city.
“It won’t cost the city a penny and it won’t extend construction time (on the bridges),” she said.
In other action, the commission:
• Moved forward on a resolution to buy a 2013 Ford F-150 four-wheel drive pickup truck for use in Beach Trail maintenance. The cost would be $20,070.
• Moved forward on a resolution to make permanent a previous temporary firefighter position. The move keep the department at 13 certified firefighters and allow the city to have a backup in the event of vacation or illness. The city currently staffs four firefighters per shift.