Council amends an
ordinance so city can
prepare for change
By Amanda Hunnell
On the evening of Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. the Loris council meeting was held. Councillor Fred Busch was present, visiting from Sicamous, British Columbia. Sicamous is a small community with a population of just over 3,000 residents.
Sicamous is located next to the Trans-Canada Highway where Mara Lake empties into Shuswap Lake. The area is also known as the Houseboat Capital of Canada. Councillor Busch stated, “I’ve never been to South Carolina before, and I wanted to see how other small areas like Sicamous conduct their business”. Busch will be visiting the area for two weeks before returning home to British Columbia.
In the Mayor’s Report, Mayor David Stoudenmire reminded everyone of the Planning Commission’s yearly training session. This year’s session was held on Tuesday March 4, at 6 p.m. in the Loris Public Safety Building.
Councilman Casey Ward gave an update on the RIA grant to upgrade and repair the Bayboro lift station. The station has been running on emergency systems. Ward said the grant application has been sent in, now the Public Works committee is just waiting for a reply. This includes a waiver of $50,000 to $100,000.
One of the first items of business on the agenda was the second reading of ordinance number 02-14 to convert from a calendar year to a fiscal year. Mayor Stoudenmire suggested postponing this for one year due to limited manpower and awaiting new updated software for the city. Carol Padgett, city attorney, suggested they move to amend ordinance 02-14 from July 2014 to July 1, 2015. This will give the city the time it needs to properly prepare for the change. All council members agreed to amend the ordinance.
Three bid proposals on surveying services for the city maintenance complex were read. The council agreed to the offer given by Timothy L. Davis to survey the maintenance area for $850.
Davis is local and graduated in 1995. His commercial office is located at 4618 Main Street and he has over 20 years experience in boundary surveys.
The council also discussed filling the expired seats on the Loris Planning Commission board. Councilwoman Shirley Craigie recommended Cheryl McQueen of Loris. She recently moved back to Loris from working as an architect in New York. McQueen was voted to fill the seat of Councilman Casey Ward on its expiration of June 30, 2016. No other recommendations were given at this time.
The last item of the evening was hearing from Crystal Greene in regards to an incident at the city’s gymnasium on Feb. 10. Greene was involved in an altercation with multiple assailants. Greene commented, “I really do not understand what type of investigation goes on after this type of altercation, but I believe in the truth and I believe I wasn’t treated fairly”. Greene stated that she was with her children in the gymnasium when multiple people mobbed her and assaulted her.
Mayor Stoudenmire stated, “We need to gain more knowledge of this situation”. The Public Safety committee will be holding a meeting to look further into the incident. Her assailants were charged with simple assault.
“Our biggest task is boosting the local economy,” remarked Councilman Harold Worley. “Job creation helps solve so many of the other issues this county faces. We’ve done a lot to better the economic climate here and bring in jobs.”
Mark Lazarus serves as Horry County Council Chairman while Councilmen Allen, Frazier, Schulz and Worley represent Horry County Council Districts 11, 7, 2 and 1, respectively.