Lisa Sulka

It has been another great month in Bluffton. Not only are we completing projects that began last year, we are also seeing momentum in some of our campaigns that began this year.

Recently, we had an open house and official ribbon cutting for our new Bluffton Town Hall. Several years ago, our town council made a decision that Town Hall should remain in the heart of our historic district. Instead of building new, we would refurbish an existing structure and bring to life the history of the building and our town.

This was a building originally constructed in 1928, as an elementary school. It was later a high school. With the renovations, we have added 4,600 square feet of space, for a total of about 30,000 square feet today.

The halls of our building really tell the story of life long ago, as well and life as we know it now – this is through news articles and photographs. Along with our Town Hall space, this building continues to be the home of Calhoun Station, Ulmer Auditorium and the Caldwell Archives.

Several hundred residents attended the open house and many toured the building. If you couldn’t make it, I would encourage you to come by and see this new facility.

As always, the ceremonies were posted on Facebook Live, so you can see it on the video section of the town’s Facebook page, as well as on our YouTube channel. This and all of our council and commission meetings are archived on this page as well.

This year we also partnered with Lutzie43 Foundation on a distracted driving campaign. This was kicked off by the founder, Mike Lutzinkurchen, speaking to May River and Bluffton High School students as well as athletes from USCB.

Since that week, this campaign has really taken off. We quickly picked up many partners, to include Bluffton Sun, Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth, the newly formed Club43 from May River High, Bluffton Bobcat Football team and, most recently, Peacock Auto Mall. This past week, Peacock Auto Mall filmed a public service announcement that will soon spread throughout the social media world.

The goal of this partnership is to persuade our elected officials in Columbia to pass a “hands-free driving” law for all of South Carolina. Bluffton is taking the lead and will discuss this at our July council meeting. I hope everyone will support our efforts in this.

For more information, stay in touch with our social media and also visit Lutzie43.org for more information. And remember, before you drive in your car, take 43 seconds to go through a four-step checklist: Clear Head, Clear Hands, Clear Eyes and, most importantly, Click It.

Enjoy your summer, be safe, and please stay involved.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton.