Beverages in glasses okay on Front St. sidewalks

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Restaurant patrons on Front Street will now be able to drink their beverages in glass containers.

The Georgetown City Council voted 4-3 to overturn a ban on glass containers in the sidewalk areas of Front Street restaurants. April 17.

Council members favoring the change noted the advantages of drinking beer and wine out of glasses rather than styrofoam cups. Dissenting council members said they were concerned that the city’s liability would increase, even though businesses are required to carry their own liability insurance.

Councilman Brendon Barber, a former insurance underwriter, said, “I always err on the side of safety. I would like to limit the liability of the city and not expand it.” But proponents of the ordinance argued that restaurants with sidewalk eating areas are required to carry a sufficient amount of liability insurance.

In other actions, the council:

Appointed Amy Armstrong as assistant municipal court judge.

Approved an application to the SC Insurance Benefits Program. City Administrator Chris Carter told the council that “in the event we cannot lower our proposed premiums, this would be a worthwhile alternative to consider.” The city is facing a 28 percent increase in employee health insurance premiums with its current insurance carrier.

Changed Planned Development zoning for the Georgetown Yacht Club back to its original General Commercial zoning, in conformance with the city’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan.

Approved a FY 2013/2014 Budget Amendment to the Hospitality Fund in the amount of $235,000 for the East Bay Boat Landing Project. The project was under-budgeted based on engineering projections. Actual bids for the project came in higher.

Approved a FY2013/14 Budget Amendment for the following expenses to the general fund:

1) Relocation of antennas from the City Hall Water Tank in the amount of $24,270

2) Sidewalk repairs project in the amount of $75,000.

Approved the purchase of a 40-foot bucket truck from Altec Industries for $86,500. The new model will replace a 1999 truck used by the tree crew that had to be taken out of service due to cracks in the aerial lift boom.

Postponed voting on a resolution authorizing acceptance of a quitclaim deed on a lot on Emanuel Street. Stressing the importance of a clear title, Mayer Jack Scoville urged the council to postpone the vote. Councilman Rudolph Bradley agreed, saying, “Let’s do our due diligence first.”

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