Town Council fed up with trucks blocking the road

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pawleys Island Town Council is tackling the issue of service trucks blocking roads on the island.

Mayor Bill Otis told the council on Aug. 11, that he thinks some people take advantage of the fact that island police rarely ticket people for blocking the road.

“Every member of this council has concerns about the blockage of roads,” Otis said.

Police Chief Mike Fanning said he and his officers have started talking to the drivers when they find trucks blocking the road. He even called and spoke to the owner of a landscaping company.

Police officers also wrote three tickets last month for trucks blocking the road.

The issue is not just with landscapers, Otis said, but also with delivery trucks, and even laundry pick-up services.

Fanning said with the length of the trucks and trailers, it is difficult for some drivers to find a place to park, so they park in the road.

Otis said he wants to make sure whatever the solution is, it is fair to everybody.

In other business

The sewer problem in front of the Town Hall has been fixed.

The construction company will let the ground settle for about two weeks before repaving the road.

Otis said the company will also repave the parking lot in front of the Town Hall.

The town council gave first reading to an ordinance that would implement provisions of state’s Fairness in Lodging Act.

The act was passed by the S.C. Legislature after it was discovered that some individual property owners were not paying the local accommodations tax and state sales tax.

Otis said he compared the town’s accommodations tax numbers from the first six months in 2008 to the first six months in 2014 and found that they decreased.

The people not paying accommodations taxes have a 10 percent advantage and “that’s not fair,” Otis said.

The council approved the first reading to a change to two of the town’s ordinances, based on a recommendation by the Planning Commission.

Ordinances 2-15.4 and 3-5.7 both deal with sideyard setbacks, but only one dealt with air conditioners in setbacks.

“The town has allowed air conditioners in setbacks forever,” Otis said.

The changes now clarify both ordinances.

Jim McCants, planning commission chairman, said the panel is working on an ordinance governing swimming pools.

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