Share

Myrtle Beach City Council

To see the supporting documents for the agenda items, visit the City Council Documents page.

MYRTLE BEACH CITY COUNCIL AGENDA
9:00 A.M. WORKSHOP & 2:00 P.M. MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018
COUNCIL CHAMBER, TED C. COLLINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER
1101 NORTH OAK STREET, MYRTLE BEACH, SC  29577

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.  

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

THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE TED C. COLLINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER 1101 NORTH OAK STREET, AT 9:00 AM PRIOR TO THE START OF THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED WORKSHOP.

9:00 A.M. PUBLIC HEARING ON THE AMENDMENTS TO REDEVELOPMENT AND FINANACING PLAN FOR THE FORMER MYRTLE BEACH AIR FORCE BASE.

CALL TO ORDER...  MAYOR BETHUNE

INVOCATION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

APPROVAL OF WORKSHOP MINUTES...  JULY 24, 2018

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES...  JULY 24, 2018

PUBLIC REQUESTS, PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS, MEMORIALS:

  1. Presentation from MASC representative on award received for Savannah's Playground. (mtg)
  2. Proclamation declaring September 17-23, 2018, as Constitution Week – Daughters of the American Revolution (mtg)
  3. Recognition of Order of Daedalians 77th Flight – Elliott Springs (mtg)
  4. Presentation from Fire Chief Gwyer on new fire truck. (mtg)
  5. Public Information Update – PIO Staff/Police (mtg)

CONSENT AGENDA  (The Consent Agenda covers items that are anticipated to be routine in nature.  Any councilmember 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 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 normally actions through which City Council reinforces policy, or makes policy, not rising to the level  of a law.  Motions are generally oral in nature and related to direction from City Council to City staff to take specific actions.

2nd Reading Ordinance 2018-51 to amend Ordinance No. 2018-38, the 2018-19 Budget Ordinance, (1) to implement recommendations of the Chapin Memorial Library Board, (2) to provide for the transfer of funds to finance animal shelter improvements, and (3) to correct a scrivener’s error in the schedule of Solid Waste fee and charges.

At City Council’s July 10, 2018, meeting, the Chairperson of the Chapin Memorial Library Advisory Board presented several recommendations that the Board adopted at its June 22, 2018, meeting, including: 

  • Free library cards for veterans.
  • Acceptance of County grant to Chapin Library for purchase of library materials.
  • Free library cards for residents participating in Palmetto Library Consortium or other inter-library loan arrangements with Chapin Library (Darlington, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Dillon, Williamsburg and Sumter).
  • Keeping other fees as they are to offset costs of materials lost to patrons of other locations, for which the library has no recourse.

The amendment also appropriates funds from Capital Project Fund Balance for further animal shelter improvements and corrects a scrivener’s error relating to the landfill tipping fee charge adopted in Fiscal Year 2018.  

Motion M2018-124 to accept a JAG (Justice Assistance Grant), grant no. 2017-DJ-BX-0529 from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $36,413 for the Phase I purchase of License Plate Readers (LPRs) to be placed along Farrow Parkway and Highway 17; and to authorize the preparation of the grant application for 2018 funds to cover Phase II.  Local match has been budgeted.

The License Plate Readers have proven to be extremely valuable crime fighting tools.  The ability to track wanted vehicles entering and leaving the city has led to a number of criminal apprehensions, especially when used in conjunction with the surveillance camera network.  This grant provides for additional cameras for the fly-over at Farrow and the By-Pass.  Phase II will cover the underpass at that same location.  Those additions will complete LPR coverage for each entry point and exit point in and out of the city.  In 2017, more than 20 million license plates were read.  Please note that we do not maintain a log of any plates that have not been entered into the NCIC database. 

REGULAR AGENDA  (The Regular Agenda includes items that are not anticipated to be routine in nature.  Any councilmember 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 an item be moved.)

2nd Reading Ordinance 2017-23 to amend Appendix A, zoning, by enacting Article 18, Section 1806 to enact and establish the Ocean Boulevard Entertainment Overlay District (OBEOD), to establish a family friendly entertainment and retail land use.

The proposed ordinance is designed in conjunction with other recently approved incentives and policy initiatives to address issues that are not conducive to the family friendly environment desired on Ocean Boulevard.  These actions need to be considered in the context of other recent Council actions to achieve these goals.  There is no single solution to the challenges faced in revitalizing our downtown, but this proposal is an additional, significant tool toward achieving that family friendly environment that we all desire.  As proposed, the following would be prohibited in the OBEOD district:

  • Smoke shops and tobacco stores.
  • Retail merchandising of alternative nicotine, alternative nicotine delivery products, vapor products, e-cigarettes, tobacco, tobacco products, or tobacco paraphernaliaproducts, tobacco paraphernalia and cannabis products.
  • Retail merchandising or display of sexually oriented materials.
  • Providing space for a “barker” for a business not located at the premises. 

2nd Reading Ordinance 2018-43 to amend the Grande Dunes Planned Unit Development to add an additional 32.4 acres of land.  

This PUD now includes the Member’s Club, Bal Harbour, Siena Park, Seville, Castillo del Mar, Calais, Vista del Mar and Cipriana neighborhoods, as well as certain areas on the west side of the Waterway.  Developing neighborhoods include Living Dunes and the Marina Parkway Tract.  The owner requests adding 32.4 acres to the PUD, bringing the total to 2,256 acres. The additional property is bounded by Grissom Parkway to the north and Wild Iris Drive to the south, and is zoned MUH (Mixed-Use High Density).

The Grande Dunes PUD and current MUM are mixed-use districts allowing similar uses.  Although Community Appearance Board approval is required in both zoning districts, the Grande Dunes PUD requires additional approval by their Board of Architectural Review.  The maximum Equivalent Residential Units (ERU) allowed in the Marina Village Tract is 22,000.  Although the proposed amendment adds an additional 32.4 acres to the Marina Village Tract, the amendment does not include an increase in maximum ERUs allowed, thus decreasing the maximum density in this tract. 

2nd Reading Ordinance 2018-49 concurring in amendments to the Redevelopment and Financing Plan of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority, as amended; and other matters relating thereto.

Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority (MBAFBRA) has amended the Redevelopment Plan to modify the project list and to facilitate distribution of surplus funds to taxing districts.  The projects that were deleted, or funds reduced due to inactivity or change in feasibility, are the Natatorium, Boat Landing, Community School, Grand Park Phase V and Linear Park Extension.  Projects added to the Plan include: 

  • Renewal, reconstruction, repair and remodeling of Redevelopment Projects (streets, parking, storm water, park facilities and CCTV cameras).
  • Public infrastructure to serve HomeFed’s proposed development of two remaining parcels in Market Common.
  • Extension of taxiway from Shine Avenue to the new airport hangar site. 
  • Extension of Howard Avenue to Emory Road.
  • Grand Park, improvements to Phases I-IV.
  • Playground expansion and additional safety measures for Grand Park alternative recreation facilities.
  • Police and Fire Station expansion and renovation to sites in the district. 

By adopting this proposed ordinance, the city formally concurs with proposed amendment.  This approval is required to issue Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Bonds to fund these project expenses.

2nd Reading Ordinance 2018-50 to declare a redevelopment district zone known as the Gateway Galleria Redevelopment District as eligible for redevelopment incentives, pursuant to Chapter 15, Article IV. 

This is the third of three companion ordinances to facilitate the construction of the “Gateway Galleria” project, a 75,000 square foot mixed-use project at the corner of  7th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.  Ordinance 2018-47 set out the project in a “Redevelopment District" and Ordinance 2018-48 approved the necessary redevelopment agreement.  This proposed ordinance authorizes the application of the city’s financial incentive policy to this redevelopment project.  

The estimated construction cost of this project is $10,000,000.  Per the city’s incentive policy, a voucher in the amount of two percent (2%) of the construction value (in this case $200,000) may be provided to the project upon the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.  The first draw on the voucher is to reimburse the project for permit and impact fees associated with the construction of that property.  Thereafter, the voucher may be used to off-set city utility fees, business license fees or Local Accommodation Taxes accruing to this property until the voucher reaches zero or five years (whichever is first).   The voucher may not be used to off-set property taxes, State A-Taxes or sales taxes of any kind.  NOTE:  As structured, the incentive does not use other people’s property taxes to provide an incentive.  The voucher is basically a deferment of some forms of city revenues.  The voucher does not affect County or School District taxes.

1st Reading Ordinance 2018-53 to amend Section 1407.C of the zoning ordinance to add hatchet and axe throwing as a permitted use in the HC1 and HC2 (Highway Commercial) Zones. 

Axe throwing is becoming a popular recreational activity and competitive sport, especially among millennials, but it is not currently allowed in any zoning district.  If Council approves this matter, the activity would only be permitted indoors in Highway Commercial Zones.  

Resolution R2018-31 adopting the City of Myrtle Beach Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee reviews matters affecting bike and pedestrian safety, the enhancement of bicycle and pedestrian experiences, the improvement of bicycle and pedestrian related infrastructure, the creation and/or support of related events and other bicycle and pedestrian issues.  Since inception, the committee has conducted numerous studies of the city’s transportation network, including walkability audits, bike-ability audits, facilities inventories and current condition assessments.  The committee has compiled findings, goals and strategies into the proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. 

The goal of this Master Plan is to improve our bicycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly community making it safer for all; this goal is based on the belief that these activities matter to our community.  The plan focuses on the economic impact of bicycling and walking, and includes a comprehensive list of objectives and specific strategies for achieving the goal.  The list is categorized by seven E's, which include:  Evaluation, Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Equity, Economic Benefits and Encouragement. 

Resolution R2018-32 granting a special event permit for the “Waves of Praise Gospel Music Festival” September 7, 2018 thru September 10, 2018, and affirming the city’s co-sponsorship.  

Coastal Broadcast, LLC, has planned a free gospel music event on both Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place sites; "Waves of Praise Music Festival” is set for September 7-9, 2018.  Event hours are:  Friday, September 7, 12:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 8, 12:00 to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 9, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The festival will include a choir competition, performances by nationally known gospel artists on Saturday and a worship service on Sunday.  The event is expected to draw 10,000 -15,000 spectators and concert-goers.  

Proposed site plan includes closure of Ocean Boulevard, from 8th to 9th Avenues North, from Friday at 8:00 a.m. until Monday at 8:00 a.m.  The resolution includes the city agreeing to provide in-kind support services and the fee for the performers.  The Promoter is responsible for providing a stage, stage lighting and portable power for the production of the event.   

Motion M2018-110 to approve the form of an agreement between the City of Myrtle Beach and the Chamber of Commerce with respect to Accommodations Tax advertising and promotion funds, and to authorize the City Manager to execute the Agreement.  

The proposed agreement requires the Chamber to segregate these funds into a separate account.  The agreement also requires that all of the information relating to this use of A-Tax funds be listed with the purpose, payee and amount, and that this information be available on the Chamber’s website.  

Motion M2018-121 to appoint/reappoint one member to the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee to replace Diane DeVaughn Stokes who has resigned. This term will expire July 10, 2019. 

At Council’s last meeting, two city residents were appointed to the committee, bringing the ratio to four residents and five non-residents.  Since then, Council received several concerns from existing committee members about the removal of Ms. Arielle Fatuova (a non-resident) from the Committee.  With (non-resident) Ms. DeVaughn Stokes’ resignation, Council may now re-appoint Ms. Fatuova to that seat without undoing the progress that was made in increasing city resident representation.    

Motion M2018-122 to appoint/reappoint two members to the Recreation Advisory Committee. 

The terms of James D. Lewis and Robert Calamari will expire on August 22, 2018.  Both wish to be reappointed. 

Motion M2018-123 to appoint eleven members to the Technology Advisory Group. 

We have received resumes from the following applicants for nine of the positions on this new committee:  Rev. P. Kelly Barr, Joseph Bonanno, Donna Catton-Johnson, Kendall Davis, Peter Gasca, Bruce Grant, Jason T. Greene, Brent Groome, Josh House, Bradley Kohr, Mark Manafo, Frank McClatchy, Meagan Michal, Kaitlyn Mikus, Richard Miller, Susan Roe, Gina Trimarco and Keith Walters. 

In addition, Council designated two seats for CCU and HGTC.  The Presidents of those institutions have requested the appointment of Jean French and John Dove, respectfully.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY BOARDS/COMMISSION MEMBERS

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER

  1. Council Communications
  2. CFO Update
  3. CM/ACM Update

REPORTS AND INFORMATION PRESENTATIONS FROM CITY STAFF

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

NOTE:  South Carolina Law requires 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 of the reasons above.  Council can take no vote or action in Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT