Hatley proclaims Arbor Day in city
By Pat Dowling |
During the regularly scheduled Nov. 21 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a Proclamation identifying Dec. 2 as Arbor Day in North Myrtle Beach.
Arbor Day can be traced back to 1872 when J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. This was called Arbor Day, and the day was observed with the planting of more than one million trees in that state.
Trees can reduce erosion of topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide wildlife with habitat. Trees are also a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our home, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products.
Trees in North Myrtle Beach can increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify the community.
Community forests also offer some protection to life and property from damage caused by low-category hurricanes and tropical storms. As Mayor Hatley also noted in her Proclamation, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.
The Driftwood Garden Club will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex on Dec. 2 at 10:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
During the meeting, S.C. Forestry Commission Urban Forester Lois Edwards presented the city with its 11th consecutive Tree City USA award from the Arbor Day Foundation. North Myrtle Beach has again met the four standards required to remain a Tree City USA community. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“We commend North Myrtle Beach’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said Lois Edwards. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economic and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”
The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in Cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. For more information, visit www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
City Council passed a motion to approve its 2017 Council meeting schedule. Council will meet the first and third Monday of each month, with these exceptions: No regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held in January, and no Council meeting will be held on Sept. 4 (Labor Day).
City Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance moving a five-foot wide, 107-foot long second row public beach access located at 1014 S. Ocean Blvd. 25 feet to the south in order to enable the property owner to maximize the amount of usable square footage on their property. Relocating the second row walkway also better aligns it with an existing oceanfront public beach access.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone 0.69 acres from R-2 (Medium Density Residential) to BC (Business Commercial). The property is located in the 400 block of Main Street and consists of one-half of the underwater lands of an existing body of water. The adjacent upland property is zoned BC. The rezoning has no bearing on whether the body of water can be altered or filled, since it rests with state and federal agencies to determine whether the body of water is a jurisdictional wetland. City Councilman Hank Thomas recused himself from the discussion and vote because he owns the property.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to annex 0.20 acres of land within the city’s Hillside storm water drainage project. The city acquired the property in order to construct a large storm water retention pond to help mitigate downstream flooding. The annexation includes R-2 (Medium Density Residential) zoning.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to annex 4.43 acres of land within the city’s Hillside storm water drainage project. The city acquired the property in order to construct a large storm water retention pond to help mitigate downstream flooding. The annexation includes R-2 (Medium Density Residential) zoning.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to annex about 167 acres. The property is vacant and located adjacent to Watertower Road. The annexation includes NC (Neighborhood Commercial) and R-2A (Mid-Rise Multifamily Residential) zoning. Zoning districts around the annexed property are R-2A and BC (Business Commercial).
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance Text, Section 23-106, pertaining to measurement of, and exceptions to, height. Previously, regulations allowed exceptions to height limitations, regardless of zoning district, for chimneys, church spires, water tanks or necessary mechanical features not occupying more than 15 percent of the roof area. The amended Section 23-106 adds parapet walls typically used to screen mechanical equipment to the list of exceptions.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to lease space to Mobilitie, LLC on buildings, facilities and real property owned by the city for the placement of small cell communications equipment.
City Council approved a special event permit for the annual North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, which will be held Dec. 3 on Main Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The following streets will close at 3 p.m. or as necessary: 2nd Avenue North from Ye Olde Kings Highway to the entrance of Ocean Keyes and North Hillside Drive from 1st Avenue North to 3rd Avenue North. The following streets will close at 5 p.m. until the parade is over: Main Street from Ye Olde Kings Highway to Hillside Drive and Ocean Boulevard from 1st Avenue South to 3rd Avenue North.
City Council approved a special event permit for the Grand Strand Running Club’s Race to Save Hearts 5K, which will be held on Dec. 17 from 9-10 a.m., with the start and finish at McLean Park. A section of 2nd Avenue South by McLean Park will be closed to allow for the starting lineup. Traffic will also be diverted around Oak Lane Circle. Once the race starts, no roads will be closed.
City Council tabled first reading of an ordinance to amend the Barefoot Resort Dye Club Planned Development District (PDD). Coastal Resort Holdings has requested a reconfiguration of Tract IMF-3 located in the Dye Club by changing the approved residential uses from detached to attached, increasing the approved density and creating a new parking lot and site design. City Council has scheduled a Jan. 11, 2017, 2 p.m. public workshop to discuss the proposed amendment to the PDD.
City Council tabled until its Dec. 19 meeting second reading of an ordinance to amend the Bahama Island Planned Development District, also known as North Myrtle Beach RV Resort and Drydock. An associated Development Agreement must be completed before second reading can occur.
City Council tabled first reading of an ordinance to rezone 9.33 acres of land located at the corner of Hillside Drive and 10th Avenue South from R-1 (Single Family Residential Low Density) to R-1B (Single Family Residential Low-Medium Density). With the exception of one lot with a single family home, the property is vacant and undeveloped as a remnant secondary dune. City Council will hold a workshop on Jan. 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. in a public workshop to discuss the proposed rezoning.
City Council passed a Resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of North Myrtle Beach and the city of Goose Creek, South Carolina, regarding the provision of mutual aid as needed by each city.