Public mum on budget, millage increase at County Council meeting
Georgetown County Council had a public hearing on Tuesday night on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which includes a millage increase to pay for raises for county employees.
Despite the fact that more than 100 people attended the meeting, no one said a word about the budget.
Instead people spoke about the plan to close the “suicide” lane on Highway 17 in Pawleys Island, a rezoning request that would allow a small horse barn in Parkersville, ramapaging pitbulls, and traffic on Highway 521.
Council will take a final vote on the budget at a special meeting on June 25. There will be no public hearing, but the residents can speak during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.
In other business
n County Council will team up with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to improve drainage at Highway 17 and Martin Luther King Drive.
In July 2012, council hired Stantec to study drainage issues at the intersection because of flooding problems. Stantec recommended six areas for improvement.
The project is expected to cost approximately $1 million.
• Council approved a 6 percent “fee in lieu of taxes” agreement with Davis Aircraft Products, which is investing $5.5 million to open a new plant in Andrews.
The agreement locks in the millage rate for 20 years.
Davis Aircraft expects to create 100 jobs in the next five years.
• Southern Coastal Cable of Georgetown will continue to provide Internet service for Georgetown County government offices.
Southern Coastal has been the county’s provider for five years and the new contract is for $14,000 a year for another five years.
The other bidders were HTC Inc. of Conway, Spirit Communications of Columbia, and Time Warner Cable of Charlotte.
Councilman Ron Charlton recused himself from the issue. He and his family own Southern Coastal Cable.
• Council approved rezoning 6.7 acres at Boyle Drive and Highway 17 in the Waccamaw Trace Commercial Planned Development to “neighborhood commercial.”
The property is designated as transitional on the Future Land Use Map.
• A contract with Loretta Richardson of Andrews was approved for the county’s property title search and abstracting services.
Funding is $27,000 per year for five years.
The other bidders were F. Thomas Abstract Inc. and Evans M. Bunch and Associates, both of Columbia. The county currently uses Evans M. Bunch for the services.
• Virginia Skinner of Pawleys Island was appointed to the Georgetown County Historical Commission and David McMillan of Murrells Inlet was appointed to the Tourism Management Commission.
Council chairman Johnny Morant and Council members Ron Charlton, Leona Myers-Miller, Lillie Jean Johnson, Jerry Oakley, Bob Anderson and Austin Beard were in attendance at the meeting.
By Chris Sokoloski
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