Friday, May 30, 2014
Consumption of beer and wine is now allowed during events on specific Georgetown County owned or operated property with a special permit and insurance.
Georgetown County Council passed third reading of the ordinance at its regular meeting Tuesday.
There is a $300 permit fee per application.
In addition to the ordinance, Council voted to adopt a list of specific facilities and voted to pass third reading of three amendments to the ordinance which deal with specific details of the ordinance.
All other ordinances and State law are not affected. This ordinance operates within superseding requirements, such as licensing from the Department of Revenue, minimum age laws, etc.
The ordinance states that General Liability insurance is an absolute requirement. Host Liability and/or Commercial Liquor Liability, depending on the nature of the event and applicants intentions, are further required elements in order to obtain a special permit, the ordinance states.
The special permit process would apply to specific County facilities available for rental use through the Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Department, as well as other identified properties, all listed below:
Waccamaw Regional Tennis at Stables
Stables Field Complex
Murrells Inlet Community Center
Bobby Alford Center / East Bay Park
Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex
Stables Field Complex
East Bay Park
Andrews Regional Park
NW Regional at Pleasant Hill
NW Regional at Choppee
Beck Recreation Center
Andrews Regional Recreation
Choppee Regional Recreation Center
Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center
Georgetown County Airport facilities
Georgetown County Library facilities
Georgetown County Administration/Economic Development Building
County Administrator Sel Hemingway updated Council about the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, saying that he thinks the budget can be balanced by second reading on June 10.
He said he has been working with Midway Fire and Rescue and Sheriff’s Office officials to make adjustments in their budgets, which will in turn help the county budget.
Hemingway said that since the State has had a $40 million revenue increase and a projected surplus of $20 million for FY2015, he is confident that the Local Government Fund (LGF), an amount provided by the state for unfunded mandates, will be at least at last year’s levels.
He and other county leaders feared that this year, the LGF would be reduced significantly and would negatively affect local funding for needed programs mandated by the state government.