Powerline project set to kick off on island

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Mayor Bill Otis gives his “state of the town” address to the Pawleys Island Civic Association on Aug. 30 at the Pawleys Island Chapel.

A project to move power lines underground on Pawleys Island will begin later this year, according to Mayor Bill Otis.

The mayor gave an update on the town to the Pawleys Island Civic Association at the Pawleys Island Chapel on Aug. 30.

The first phase of the project will bury the power lines between the North and South Causeways and affect 414 property owners.

In order for the work to be done easements will be needed from property owners for Santee Cooper, Time Warner Cable and Horry Telephone Cooperative.

Otis said the work cannot begin until all the easements are in hand and urged the property owners in attendance to submit the paperwork.

No work on burying power lines will take place during the summer, Otis said.

Phase two of the project, burying lines north of the North Causeway, is expected to start in 2016.

Phase three, everything south of the South Causeway, should begin in 2017.

Otis said the town has been planning the powerline project for 10 years.

“We are looking forward to [on] our whole island, our utilities being underground,” Otis said.

Other business

Myrtle Avenue in front of Town Hall was being repaved last week as the final step in a sewer project.

Otis told Civic Association members that problems began in the old cast iron sewer line near the Pelican Inn on Myrtle Avenue before Easter.

The same problem then occurred in front of Town Hall right before Fourth of July.

Otis said Georgetown County Water and Sewer wanted to begin tearing up Myrtle Avenue to fix the problem before the Fourth of July holiday.

The town convinced them to delay the work.

Otis told them they would have a “mess they would not soon forget” if they didn’t delay.

The Water and Sewer department used cameras to check 3,600 feet of the sewer line and discovered there could be another problem at the corner of Hazard Street and Myrtle Avenue that will eventually need to be fixed, Otis said.

Otis touted the success of the cameras on the North and South Causeways, which photograph the license plate of every vehicle being driven on the island.

“The word is out that Pawleys Island has cameras,” Otis said.

The cameras helped catch a sex offender, Otis said.

The mayor drew laughs from the audience when he said a Litchfield property owner told him “all you did was send [the criminals] to us.”

Otis reminded Civic Association members that the annual creek/beach sweep will be Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers should stop by the Nature Park first to find out where to go on the island.

Linwood Altman, chairman of the Civic Association, praised Otis for his years of service to the town, joking that he couldn’t remember who was mayor before.

“We appreciate the fact that we still look like Pawleys Island, not like Myrtle Beach,” Altman said.

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