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City employees receive longevity awards

Posted on Jan 7, 2016

By Pat Dowling
During the Jan. 4 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, employee longevity awards were presented to Public Safety Lieutenant Michael Boyd (20 years of service), Public Safety Officer Jerry Blackwood (15), Permits Administrative Assistant II Susan Harrell (15), PSO Firefighter Ryan Marrs (15), Recreation and Sports Tourism Superintendent Matt Gibbons (10), Fire Prevention Administrative Assistant Kelly Smith (10), and Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez (5). Employee longevity awards are provided in five year increments to city employees who consistently provide positive, effective customer service.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend Section 5-24 of the city code, placing obstructions on the beach, as it pertains to the use of shading devices on the beach. The proposed ordinance provides an exception to the prohibition against the use of tents on the beach between May 15 and Sept. 15 by allowing “baby tents” to be placed on the beach during that time frame to provide shade only for “persons 18 months of age or under”. The proposed ordinance also specifies that a baby tent can be “no larger than 31 inches in height by 31.5 inches in width by 38 inches in depth”.
City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Land Development Regulations, of the city code. Staff has proposed a text amendment to the Land Development Regulations that would exempt subdivisions of three lots or less from having to meet the existing adjacent streetscapes regulation.
When it was created and approved in 2009, the regulation was intended to affect larger, major subdivisions, which have a greater impact on the community. Staff did not intend for small property owners to be saddled with unreasonable costs to improve the areas along their properties with sidewalks and street trees when applying for small-lot subdivisions. Additionally, to ensure that no one takes advantage of the proposed exemption, the regulation would enact a retroactive installation or payment requirement for street trees and sidewalks for anyone subdividing four or more lots from the same parent tract of land within a 24 month period.
City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Land Development Regulations, of the city code. Staff has proposed a text amendment to change the makeup of the 50-foot right of way cross section, which includes measured dimensions for a travel lane, curb and gutter, tree lawn and sidewalk.
The current configuration of the right of way cross section presents problems for the city and private property owners. Public works department employees must respond to repair damaged water meters that have been placed in the public right of way but are also immediately adjacent to private property. Many times, private property must be disturbed in order to fix water meters, leading to private property owner complaints and requests, which generate additional work for the city. By adjusting the dimensions of the components that make up the 50-foot right of way cross section, more room would be available for crews to make water meter repairs without having to disturb private property.
The next city council meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at city hall. Normally, the next meeting would occur on Jan. 18, however, the city observes Martin Luther King Day, which is on Jan. 18.


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