Council says Watson Park
overflow is a city problem
By Amanda Hunnell
On the evening of Monday, April 14, the city of Loris held a special council meeting in the Loris Council Chambers. The meeting began at 7 p.m. with the evening’s invocation and roll call. Councilwoman Shirley Craigie was not present at the meeting, but all other council members in attendance.
An executive session started out the evening. The session lasted for approximately 15 minutes before the mayor and council returned to the chambers.
First item of business for the evening was to approve recommendations from the Finance and Personnel Committee for the top five semi-finalists regarding the open position for a new city administrator. The city of Loris has been without an administrator for over six years. Over the past month, the city posted in several local papers an ad for an administrator. Ten people responded to the advertisements and sent in resumés to the city. After discussion five semi-finalists were chosen and now will be asked within the next two weeks to come in for interviews.
Interviews for the city’s administrator position will consist of multiple questions chosen from the mayor along with all six council members. After the semi-finalist interviews are completed, three finalists will then be chosen for final interviews before a decision will be made.
The second item of business was regarding the recommendation of the Public Works Committee on water and sewer requests on Loblolly Lane and Woodrow Lane.
Councilman Casey Ward, head of the Public Works Committee, stated that a property owner on Loblolly Lane has requested water and sewer for a piece of property he has put up for sale. The property is out of the city limit, but the committee stated that if the owner of the property will pay for a lift station to be installed as well as the lines for the sewer and water, the request is approved. The owner of the property on Woodrow Lane requested sewer only, but as per guidelines water and sewer both must be installed at the address. Committee members approved this item of business, as for the property owner to pay for the installation of a lift station and lines to be run for the property.
The third item of business was the authorization to advertise for sidewalk construction in the area of Broad Street and Railroad Avenue in front of the IGA and post office.
Mayor David Stoudenmire stated that this improvement would better allow members of the community to access these areas by bicycle or walking. The motion to advertise was approved by all members of the council.
At the end of the evening’s meetings Councilwoman Joan Gause brought up the issue pertaining to the restroom facilities at Watson Park. “We had two family events held at Watson Park this past Saturday and Sunday. On both occasions the restroom toilets overflowed”. The council has discussed this problem at previous meetings and have realized the reoccurring problem with the restroom facilities backing up during events.
Councilman Graham stated, “It appears that perhaps one of the lines is lower than the other”.
Mayor Stoudenmire said that within the coming weeks they will have a plumber come out to look at the problem for a diagnosis on repair.
EVERYONE being wished a safe and happy Easter... Hello to Ruth HARRELSON from her longtime beach friends... The Loris Chamber of Commerce is working hard to prepare for the Loris Spring Festival and Outdoor Expo that will be held in downtown Loris from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26... The United Way of Horry County is looking for help in providing May Day Bags for home bound seniors in our area... Denise PRINCE is staying busy making everything perfect in her newly reopened Creative Designs Florist & Gift Shop on Main Street in Loris... The Loris Library will hold its Book Club meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24... Kristin BELLAMY will be celebrating her birthday on Thursday, April 17... Brenda KING will enjoy her birthday on Friday, April 18... Brooke STRICKLAND is looking forward to her birthday on Tuesday, April 22... Haley Alexis JOHNSON, Nichole AUVIL and Whitney Faye FOWLER are all looking forward to their birthdays on Wednesday, April 23... Kelli SCOTTS and Shawna Renee STROUD will both be enjoying their birthdays on Thursday, April 24...