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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
1. Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.2. The Myrtle Beach City Council received a first look at next year’s balanced budget during a two-day retreat Thursday and Friday at the John T. Rhodes Sports Center. As proposed, the spending plan totals $231.3 million and does not call for a property tax increase. Recreation and solid waste fees also remain unchanged, although water, sewer and stormwater utility rates likely will increase to meet either wholesale cost hikes or capital project needs. The manager’s recommended budget includes 10 new police officers, along with a few other new positions, including a chief diversity officer. It also includes salary adjustments for some Fire Department personnel, especially paramedics, due to the competitive nature of those positions. Non-police city staff will receive a three-percent salary increase in January 2022, while Police Department staff will receive a four-percent salary increase in January 2022. The proposed budget restores many of the cuts that were made during the last two fiscal years due to COVID-19. City Council must approve the final budget in two readings prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.
3. Nominations are being accepted for the third annual Colonel Robert Hawkins Veteran Volunteer Service Award. The late Bob Hawkins, a retired U.S. Army colonel, was a key volunteer behind Myrtle Beach’s Military Appreciation Days. The award, presented by the Military Appreciation Committee, recognizes a person for his or her volunteer services to a veterans group, an individual veteran, veterans’ families and/or the greater Grand Strand veterans’ community. The submission deadline is May 17, 2021. To download the nomination form and directions, see https://bit.ly/3deEc0u.
4. The library book sale returns next week! Friends of Chapin Memorial Library plan a three-day book sale in the library meeting room, Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24. See the daily hours below. Thursday’s sale is only for members of Friends, although you can sign-up at the door if you want first crack at the sale items. You also may donate gently used books, DVDs, puzzles and magazines to the sale. Just drop them off at the front desk during library hours. Here’s a link to the membership form, if you wish to join the Friends group: https://www.chapinlibrary.org/sites/default/files/Forms/FoCML-Membership-Family.pdf.
- 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 22 (only for current Friends Memberships)
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 23 (open to the public)
- 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 24 (open to the public)
6. Everyone’s invited to a special viewing of an art showcase curated by Creative Corner program participants from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 23. The event takes place at General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane. Admission donations go to the Mark Schild Scholarship Fund that provides Myrtle Beach youth with financial assistance for recreational opportunities. For more information, contact Wendy Bass at 843-918-2271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. The City of Myrtle Beach’s Technology Advisory Group hosts the eMYRge “Fountain Series,” a group of free events on various dates in 2021. The series aims to promote business community growth, networking and education. The schedule is listed below. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y264hzxn.
- 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 – Local Entrepreneurs, Grand Strand Brewing Company, 819 North Kings Highway, Unit #101
- 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 4 – Technology Professionals, Artisans and Makers, Grand Strand Brewing Company, 819 North Kings Highway, Unit #101
- 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 18 – Local Support, Grand Strand Brewing Company, 819 North Kings Highway, Unit #101
9. A comprehensive list of activities and city events is available on our Events webpage. This file of city-related festivals, programs and more is updated weekly.
10. Myrtle’s Market is open for the season, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week. The farmers’ market is at the corner of Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Oak Street. You’ll find a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as crafts and handmade items at the long-running market. Myrtle’s Market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Parking is free.
11. Did you know... That Myrtle Beach property owners saved $788,211 on their flood insurance premiums last year, thanks to the city’s Class 5 rating for flood protection? A Class 5 from the Community Rating Service is one of the best in the nation and results in a premium discount for most properties in a flood zone. Some 10,082 policy holders saved an average of $92 each on their yearly flood protection coverage as a result of the city’s efforts.
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