Wednesday, March 26, 2014
With an anticipated $20,000 promised by Georgetown County for street lighting and U.S. 17 median maintenance — mowing and trash pickup — the Garden City Beach Community Association is seeking reimbursement funds for Horry County for the lighting and Highway 17 mowing and maintenance.
Also getting the funding nod in Georgetown County was Murrells Inlet 2020, which had requested $18,520 to maintain the 3.6 mile Hwy 17 Bypass grass median stretch.
“It is important that we are able to remove the trash and maintain the grass on this highway as it vastly improves the initial impression our visitors have as they arrive in our community,” said Sean Bond, chairman of the MI2020 Board of Directors.
Last year was the first time that MI2020 had requested ATAX funds.
Garden City Beach is no stranger to the ATAX funding procedure, having gone before both counties for more than a decade.
“I feel pretty confident that Horry County will approve our request,” said Drew Streett, the chairman of the community association. “We aren’t asking for new money – just for funds to maintain the median and for the lighting.”
But while there is a bigger pot in Horry County, so too are the requests to share in it larger.
While the allocation to the county from tourist tax dollars for hotel and rental housing in the Garden City Beach area is uncertain, requests for funding total $3.7 million.
Approximately $2.9 million is coming from county divisions and departments, including the Horry County Police Department for the beach patrol that serves the unincorporated area of the county.
Streett said that because Horry County spent about $100,000 putting in new plantings along the Business 17 median, he expects that Garden City’s offering to maintain it will be accepted.
The beach association contracts for weekly mowing and daily trash pickup at the entrances to the community.
The contract is awarded annually, based on competitive bids.
Last year the association drew praise from county officials because its roadway maintenance was a little more than half of the request from earlier bids. But this year, the bidders were more in line with the nearly $85,000 of previous years.
A second hearing on funding requests was held Wednesday. The committee will make its recommendations, but final allocation is up to the Horry County Council.
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