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Myrtle Beach City Council

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MYRTLE BEACH CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2022
9:00 A.M. – WORKSHOP – COUNCIL CHAMBER
10:00 A.M. –  MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBER
COUNCIL CHAMBER, TED C. COLLINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER
1101 NORTH OAK STREET, MYRTLE BEACH, SC  29577

NOTE:  CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETINGS.  CITIZENS WHO WISH TO ADDRESS COUNCIL ON NON-AGENDA ISSUES ARE ASKED TO SIGN IN PRIOR TO THE START OF THE MEETING AND STATE THEIR NAMES PRIOR TO SPEAKING.  A TOTAL OF 30 MINUTES WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE END OF THE MEETING.

ANYONE WHO REQUIRES AN AUXILIARY AID OR SERVICE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION OR PARTICIPATION SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (843) 918-1004 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO LATER THAN 48 HOURS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED EVENT.

A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE TED C. COLLINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER, 1101 NORTH OAK STREET, PRIOR TO THE START OF THE REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING:  DOWNTOWN MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT.

CALL TO ORDER

INVOCATION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA


APPROVAL OF MINUTES…  April 26, 2022

PUBLIC REQUESTS, PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS, MEMORIALS:

  1. Proclamation declaring week of May 11-16, 2022, as National Police Week. (Meeting)
  2. Police Officer of the Year Presentation – Chief Amy Prock (Meeting)
  3. Firefighter of the Year Presentation – Chief Tom Gwyer (Meeting)
  4. Proclamation declaring week of May 23-30, 2022, as National Beach Safety Week. (Meeting)
  5. Public Information Update – PIO Staff (Meeting)

NON-AGENDA ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC (30 MINUTE TIME LIMIT)

CONSENT AGENDA
 – The Consent Agenda covers items anticipated to be routine in nature.  Any Council member may ask that an item be moved from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda for lengthier discussion, or a member of the public may request that such an item be moved.  Items remaining on the Consent Agenda will be briefly described by staff and may be passed as a group with the approval of the agenda.

Note:  City laws are known as ordinances.  Before a city ordinance can be enacted, it must be introduced (1st Reading) and then approved (2nd Reading).  Resolutions are actions through which City Council reinforces or makes policy not rising to the level of law.  Motions are related to direction from City Council to city staff to take certain actions. 

Motion M2022-074 to approve a Special Events Permit to Lisa Coombs for the “International Cultural Fest” to be held on Sunday June 26, 2022, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The City Manager is authorized to make changes to these plans as he deems necessary in keeping with the nature of the event, and as circumstances dictate. 

The event will offer various entertainers and food vendors, and it includes a closure of several parking spaces on Chester Street for food trucks.  The applicant is aware that she must pay for any services provided by the City of Myrtle Beach.

Motion M2022-075 to approve a Special Event Permit to Run to the Sun Car Show, LLC/Michael Leaventon for the 33rd annual “Run to the Sun Car Show” from March 16-18, 2023.  The City Manager is authorized to make changes to these plans as he deems necessary in keeping with the nature of the event, and as circumstances dictate.

The event is expected to attract 3,500 cars, plus spectators.  It will include merchandise and food vendors.  The event benefits the MS of Carolinas, Children's Miracle Network and the Grand Strand Miracle League.

Motion M2022-076 to approve a Special Event Permit to Native Sons Promotions for the “Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam” to be held at the former Myrtle Square Mall site on October 28-30, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The City Manager is authorized to make changes to these plans as he deems necessary in keeping with the nature of the event, and as circumstances dictate.

The event is a celebration of Jeep culture.  It is held in the heart of Myrtle Beach and will feature a jeep obstacle course, vendors, Jeep show and various small activities throughout the event site.  The event will include a beach crawl each morning on the beach, from 24th Avenue North to Second Avenue South (capped at 300 vehicles).

Motion M2022-077 to approve a Special Event Permit to Pride Myrtle Beach for “Pride Summer Picnic” at Tidal Creek Brewhouse, June 5, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The City Manager is authorized to make changes to these plans as he deems necessary in keeping with the nature of the event, and as circumstances dictate.

The event will celebrate LGTBQ+ inclusion and acceptance.  This is a free event and will offer live entertainment, a DJ, beer and wine sales and food trucks.  The promoter will have outside sales and signage, which requires a Special Event permit.

Motion M2022-078 to approve a Special Event Permit to Lynn Makris/BEI-Beach, LLC, for the Taste of Market Common, to be held September 24, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The City Manager is authorized to make changes to these plans as he deems necessary in keeping with the nature of the event, and as circumstances dictate.

The event includes tastings from restaurants throughout The Market Common, carriage rides and a sidewalk sale.  No road closures requested, and expected attendance is 1500 eventgoers.

Motion M2022-079 authorizing the City Manager or his designee to:  apply for a grant of $80,360 from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Office - Highway Safety and Justice Programs’ Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program; record the appropriation of such grant funds in the amount that may be approved; and, execute and deliver the grant agreement and such related documents as may be required to put the grant into effect.  No match is required.

The grant will be used to purchase personal protective equipment and Microsoft tablets for the Police Department.  The purpose CESF grant program is to provide services to agencies that help prepare, and assist agencies in response to the coronavirus. The Crime Scene Unit will use personal protective equipment for hazard protection while responding to crime scenes. The Microsoft tablets will allow the Investigation Division to work from their vehicles, homes, or any other locations in which unforeseen circumstances may demand.

Motion M2022-080 authorizing the City Manager or his designee to:  apply for a grant of $536,877 from the SC Department of Public Safety - Highway Safety and Justice Programs’ Project Safe Neighborhood Grant Program; record the appropriation of such grant funds in the amount that may be approved; and, execute and deliver the grant agreement and such related documents as may be required to put the grant into effect.  No match is required.

The grant will be used to hire a detective, crime analyst and a NIBIN technician.  It will also provide training and equipment for personnel.  The Project Safe Neighborhood Grant Program is aimed at providing funding for projects related to gang and gun-related crimes.  The MBPD will continue their public safety efforts to reduce crime.  MBPD will use grant-funded personnel and equipment to enhance police strategies, agency collaboration and crime-solving processes to achieve reduction goals. 

Motion M2022-081 to approve additional Memorandums of Understanding between the City of Myrtle Beach and the law enforcement agencies listed below.  These agreements are to support law enforcement services throughout the city for standard operational needs and for events like Memorial Day Weekend and the Carolina Country Music Festival.

This MOU includes the following:  Hoke County Sheriff’s Office (NC); Summerville Police Department (SC); Darlington County Sheriff’s Office (SC); Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office (SC); Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (SC); 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office (SC); and, 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (SC).

REGULAR AGENDA

2nd Reading Ordinance 2022-023 to amend the Code of Ordinances, City of Myrtle Beach, Appendix A Zoning, Article 6 Community Appearance Board, to streamline the application and review schedule. 

Current code requires plans be submitted at least 10 workdays before Community Appearance Board (CAB) review.  The intent of the regulation is to provide adequate lead-time for staff to review the application prior to its consideration by CAB.  Staff and Community Appearance Board members strive to provide the most effective and efficient service to our applicants.  The proposed change to the zoning code does not materially affect the public’s notice about items coming before the Community Appearance Board, nor does it affect the process of appealing a decision of the board.

2nd Reading Ordinance 2022-024 to amend Chapter 223, Vehicles for Hire, Article II Taxicabs, to delete Section 23-32 (a) and adjust fares in Section 23-34.1 to be effective immediately upon adoption.

Proposed ordinance sets the following fares:

  • The first one-eighth mile – $3.50
  • Each additional one-eighth mile – $0.45
  • Each 55 seconds of waiting – $0.45
  • Passengers in excess of one person per trip above the age of 15 – $1.00

1st Reading Ordinance 2022-025 authorizing:  the creation of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Municipal Improvement District and approving an improvement plan for the district; providing for the financing of improvements therein by assessments and other revenues as herein described; providing for the publication of this ordinance upon the enactment hereof; ordering the preparation of an assessment roll; the publishing of the completion of the assessment roll and sending notice of such assessment to property owners; and, other matters relating thereto.

The purpose of the MID is to provide for the provision and funding of various public improvements for the benefit of the current and future users of the real property located within the district, as set forth in Resolution 2022-01, adopted on April 12, 2022. 

Proposed public improvements consist of the following:

  • Ambassador Program
  • Events and Marketing
  • Special Projects
  • Planning and Research

Absent the establishment of the district, other funding sources would need to be identified to provide for the public improvements proposed within the district.

1st Reading Ordinance 2022-026 to rezone approximately 0.54 acres on Grey Street (Pin #425-13-03-0034) from R5 (Single Family) to RMM (Multifamily Medium Density) to match the zoning of the adjacent parcel to allow for the development of multifamily units.

The property fronts on both Grey Street and White Street in the Carrie May Johnson Neighborhood.  The adjacent property to the north is zoned RMM, and adjacent properties on the other three sides are zoned R5.  R5 is a Single Family District with a minimum lot size of 5,000 square feet.  RMM is a Multifamily District that allows up to 12 units per acre. 

If approved, the rezoning could result in a slight density increase.  In R5, the property is currently nonconforming with two residential units.  However, the property is currently eligible for subdivision into four single-family lots.  Rezoning to RMM could result in as many as six units total, depending upon the design.  The city has a documented shortage of workforce housing. 

1st Reading Ordinance 2022-027 annex approximately 1.26 acres at 2115 Highway 501 (PIN  #425-09-03-0003 and #425-09-03-0009) and rezone the property from Horry County HC (Highway Commercial) to Myrtle Beach HC1 (Highway Commercial) in order to attain city water and sewer service.

The request is to annex two parcels along Highway 501 near Seaboard Street.  Parcel #425-09-03-0003 is approximately 0.35 acres, and it is currently leased to Brakes 4 Less.  Parcel #425-09-03-0009 is approximately 0.91 acres, and it currently sits vacant, but with plans for a fast food restaurant.

Resolution R2022-020 certifying a building site as an abandoned building site pursuant to the South Carolina Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act, Section 12-67-100 ET. SEQ., of the South Carolina Code of Laws (1976), as amended, regarding property located at 1501 Shine Avenue in the City of Myrtle Beach, Horry County, TMS #186-00-01-137 and Horry County PIN #446-02-02-0078.

The owner has acquired 1051 Shine Avenue to lease to a tenant who will rehabilitate the structure into a restaurant.  The act itself is a state effort to incentivize the redevelopment of buildings that have been at least 66% vacant for the past five years and not income-producing.  The minimum threshold for investment is $250,000 for cities or counties with a population greater than 25,000. 

The available tax credits are below.

  • Income Tax Credit equals 25% of actual expenses (not to exceed $500,000 for any taxpayer in a tax year); and, it must be taken over three years beginning when the building is placed back in service.
  • Property Tax Credit equals 25% of actual expenses, but the credit may not exceed 75% of the real property taxes due on the building; and, credit may be taken up to eight years beginning when the building is placed back in service.

Resolution R2022-021 authorizing the purchase of Lot 2, Eighth Avenue North, PIN #443-04-02-0031, to be used as future stormwater retention.

This parcel is one of eight identified by city engineers to be used to accommodate a new stormwater retention area associated with development in the Arts & Innovation District.  This parcel is Lot 2, Eighth Avenue North, TMS #181-06-13-006 and PIN #443-04-02-0031.  Purchase price is $85,395.

Motion M2022-082 to declare certain vehicles abandoned or derelict pursuant to the authority of Article 41 of Title 56 South Carolina Code of Laws 2001.

This declaration is an effort to improve the appearance of both commercial and residential neighborhoods.  This report includes vehicles staff tagged as abandoned or derelict.  Council’s approval allows these vehicles to be towed from their private property locations to a tow yard where they may be reclaimed by the current owner upon payment of the applicable towing and storage fees.  If the vehicles are not claimed by the owner within 30 days of the required notice, then the tow company may sell the vehicle and keep the proceeds as compensation.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC (30 MINUTE TIME LIMIT)

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY BOARDS/COMMISSION MEMBERS

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER

  1. Council Communications
  2. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Update
  3. City Manager/Assistant City Manager (CM/ACM) Update

REPORTS AND INFORMATION PRESENTATIONS FROM CITY STAFF

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Upon returning to Public Session, Council may take action on matters discussed in Executive Session which are deemed to be “emergency” concerns.

NOTE:  South Carolina law requires that Council’s business is conducted in public with limited exceptions, known as “Executive Sessions.”  Subjects eligible for Executive Session include:  

  • Personnel matters.
  • Negotiations concerning proposed contractual arrangements and proposed sale or purchase of property.
  • The receipt of legal advice relating to:  
--  A pending, threatened or potential claim. 
--  Other matters covered by the attorney-client privilege.  Settlement of legal claims, or the position of the city in other adversary situations. 

  • Discussions regarding development of security personnel or devices.
  • Investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct.
  • Matters relating to the proposed location, expansion or provision of services encouraging location or expansion of industries or other businesses.   

Motions to go into Executive Session must be made in public and specify one or more reason above.  Council can take no vote or action in Executive Session.  

ADJOURNMENT