Howard center getting new chairs for programs

  • Friday, October 25, 2013

The Howard Community Center is getting 862 new chairs.
Georgetown County Council approved spending $129,288 to buy the chairs from Doug Middleton and Associates in Charlotte at its meeting on Tuesday night. Doug Middleton was the lowest of five bidders.
The community center, at Hawkins and Kaminski streets, used to be Howard High School, and many of the wooden chairs that remain date back to the school days. The county's Parks and Recreation Department uses the Howard auditorium for movie programs.
County employees will remove the existing seats and clean the floors. Doug Middleton employees will deliver, unpack and install the new chairs.
The money for the chairs comes from the county's Capital Improvement Plan. The original budget for the chairs was $130,000.
In other business: Murrells Inlet 2020, which has been selling bronze plaques to attach to the Marsh Walk for 15 years, will soon have the county's blessing after County Council gave second reading to an ordinance allowing the practice.
The county used to give permission to erect the plaques in a letter, but wanted something more official when the nonprofit wanted to sell plaques for the new Jetty View Walk. Murrells Inlet 2020 has found the plaques to be a successful fundraising tool.
In another action, Council approved an extra $426,072 to add a road to a Rural Roads Improvement Program.
The original contract with Palmetto Corp. of Conway was for $700,394 to improve Hemingway Lane, Edge Water Drive, Alligator Lane, Hill Drive, Patricia Avenue and Good Hope Place.
The county will now add Jackson Village Road to the program.
Southern Asphalt Inc. of Conway was hired to rehabilitate three runways at the Georgetown County Airport.
The cost of the project is $1.852 million, but an FAA grant will cover $1.667 million. The county and an S.C. Aeronautics grant will cover the remaining $185,232. Southern Asphalt was the lowest of three bidders.
Council gave second reading to the following ordinances: rezone .54 acres at Lachicotte Drive and U.S. Highway 17 in Pawleys Island from “general residential” to “general commercial” and remove it from the Hammock Shops Planned Development; amend the rear yard setback of 270 Historic Lane in Pawleys Island; rezone 2.97 acres at 971 Wachesaw Road in Murrells Inlet from “one half acre residential” to “general commercial.”
Council chairman Johnny Morant, and council members Leona Myers-Miller, Austin Beard, Bob Anderson, Jerry Oakley, Lillie Jean Johnson and Ron Charlton were in attendance at the meeting.

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