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Special City Council Meeting

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SPECIAL MYRTLE BEACH CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND MONTHLY WORKSHOP 
9:00 A.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
BALLROOM D-E, MYRTLE BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
2101 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 AND ADDRESSES PRIOR TO SPEAKING.

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.

CALL TO ORDER

INVOCATION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

AGENDA

Staff Reports:

  1. Labor Day Plans Update
  2. Covid-19 Discussion

1st Reading Ordinance 2020-041 to amend the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 19 Streets and Sidewalks, Article 1 in general, Section 19-4 to establish regulations regarding the use of Cart Paths, Bike and Walk Paths, Sidewalks, and Mountain Bike Trails.

A portion of the golf cart path located in the Kings Highway right-of-way between the Dunes Club and Dunes Cove neighborhoods is designated as the temporary East Coast Greenway connection between North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach. This temporary designation ends upon completion of the permanent connection between the Horry County Bike and Run Park and Barefoot Resort. 

There has been confusion regarding the allowable uses of other paths, sidewalks and trails.  This ordinance clarifies the rules of three additional types of paved off-road travel corridors:

  • Cart Paths – marked paths with little interruption in travel, serving golf carts and other transportation modes including pedestrians and human-powered wheeled vehicles (e.g. bikes and skateboards).  The path described above is defined as a Cart Path. 
  • Bike and Walk Paths – marked paths with little interruption in travel.  Bike and Walk Paths generally cross driveways and intersections, and may or may not be located in a street right-of-way.  Bike and Walk Paths serve pedestrians, powered chair/wheelchair users, and human-powered wheeled vehicles (e.g. bikes and skateboards), but not motorized vehicles.  Unless otherwise designated, all paved paths greater than eight feet wide are Bike and Walk Paths.
  • Sidewalks – located along a street in the rights-of-way.  Sidewalks generally cross driveways and intersections, and are separated from the roadway by a raised curb and/or a planting strip. Sidewalks serve pedestrians and powered chair/wheelchair users and are the principal component of a pedestrian network.  Bikes may be ridden on sidewalks only when necessary for the safety of the rider.  All paved ways less than eight feet wide are sidewalks.

Resolution R2020-037 amending Resolution R2019-020 to amend the adoption of the Downtown Master Plan and adoption of Phase 1 of the Downtown Master Plan Implementation Plan to also adopt the Advanced Plan of the Downtown Master Plan.

Since Council adopted the Downtown Master Plan on March 12, 2019, staff has pursued next steps to transform the concepts incorporated in that document into an actionable plan.  This “Advanced Master Plan” provides an amended, more specific blueprint to guide the City in design and development of an expanded study area and suggests project priorities and phases. 

Through the proposed resolution Council amends the original resolution adopting the Master Plan to include this more specific Plan as well.  The Advanced Master Plan also slightly expands the area covered in the original Plan, primarily in the area along Broadway Street. 

Resolution R2020-038 declaring the intention of the City of Myrtle Beach to reimburse itself for certain expenses of implementing the Downtown Master Plan, relating specifically to Phase 1a public infrastructure improvements and renovation of City-owned properties on 9th Avenue North, with the proceeds of tax increment obligations.

Consistent with federal tax law governing tax-exempt debt, this resolution declares the City’s intention to reimburse itself for project expenditures from the issuance of future tax increment bonds.  These bonds will finance construction of public improvements in its Arts and Innovation District including:

  • Phase 1A Public Infrastructure Improvements.
  • Renovation of City-owned Historic Properties on 9th Avenue North.
  • Demolition costs, engineering and design fees and other fees in connection with these items.    

The resolution authorizes City Manager to proceed with Project work upon completion of due diligence and preparation of appropriate documents.

Motion M2020-110 requesting the Planning Commission and Planning and Zoning Staff to recommend a vision, and study the zoning and other possible impediments to realization of that vision for the “back street” non-residential areas from 29th North to 29th South, between Kings Highway and Ocean Boulevard, and to request delivery of such report to City Council prior to January 1, 2021.

The “back street areas” are generally considered the non-residential areas located between 29th North and 29th South, east of Kings Highway.  These areas were developed in the City’s formative years, and include many blighted and dated properties from that period.  The purpose of this request is for the Commission to take the lead in developing a new vision for these areas, and to recommend zoning and incentive packages to facilitate that vision. 

Motion M2020-111 requesting the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee to study the areas included in the Advanced Downtown Master Plan to identify specific recommendations regarding bike-ability and walk-ability in that area, and to request delivery of such report to City Council prior to January 1, 2021.

The Downtown Master Plan and the Advanced Master Plan are both predicated on the desirability of enhanced bikability and walkability.  The purpose of this motion is to seek the technical assistance of the Committee is meeting these goals in the areas covered by these Plans.   

Motion M2020-112 requesting the Community Appearance Board to recommend specific design standards within the Arts and Innovation District with the understanding that plans adhering to these standards would not require further review by the board, and to request delivery of such report to City Council prior to January 1, 2021.

As recommended in the Downtown Master Plan presentation, through this motion Council seeks the Board’s recommended guidelines for building design in the Arts and Innovation District, with the underlying notion that plans which conform to these standards may be implemented without further Board review.  The purpose of these guidelines is both to maintain a consistent design theme in the District and to provide a mechanism for expediting plan approval. 

WORKSHOP (Items for discussion only; Council may not vote on these matters.)

  1. Review of Proposed Ordinance 2020-042 to amend Ordinance 2020-31, the Municipal Budget Ordinance for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021, to appropriate funding to implement elements of the Downtown Master Plan.
  2. Extension of the “Districting” Concept.
  3. Council Discussion Items.
  4. Staff Discussion Items.

PUBLIC INPUT (Three-minute limit per speaker; maximum of 30 minutes.) 

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