Impact fees continue annual increase

  • Friday, September 21, 2012

Georgetown County collected $724,666 in impact fees in Fiscal Year 2011, according to a report to County Council at its meeting last week.
The county collected $591,736 in residential fees, $132,930 in commercial fees, and had $493,755 in expenditures.
The balance on June 30, 2011 was $274,507. The balance on June 30,2012 was $505,418.
Impact fees were adopted in 2009 to fund libraries, law enforcement and parks and recreation.
The fees collected have increased in each year since then.
“Everything continues to run smoothly,” said county Planning Director Boyd Johnson.

In other business

• County Council approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance dealing with temporary uses to address special events such as circuses, outdoor concerts, carnivals, fairs and festivals.
Conditions needed to be met in order to receive a “Temporary Certificate of Zoning Compliance” now include: submission of a site/parking plan; building permit for tents or structures larger than 200 square feet; no more than one temporary sign advertising the event; payment of a $50 fee from organizers and $100 from each vendor; and no more than two permits per parcel of land each year.
• Two Federal Aviation Association grants will help pay for improvements at the Georgetown County and Andrews airports.
A $130,149 grant will pay for potential land acquisition and a hangar taxi lane extension at the Georgetown County Airport.
The grant requires a match of $7,231 from the county, which will come from the general fund.
The property the county is looking at buying is 5.5 acres located in the approach to runway 23.
A $51,385 grant will help pay for the design and construction of a hangar taxiway at the Andrews airport.
Once the 535-foot taxiway is complete, the county wants to build new executive hangars.
The grant requires a match of $2,855 match from the county, which will come from the general fund.
After approving the Andrews grant, County Council approved a $56,595 contract with Talbert & Bright Engineering to design the new taxiway.
• Davis & Floyd Inc. of North Charleston was hired to continue to provide road design and engineering services for projects involving federal or state funding.
Thirteen companies sent sealed cost proposals in response to a county advertisement.
The top three candidates were ranked and County Administrator Sel Hemingway interviewed each one.
Davis & Floyd was chosen over Hussey, Gay, Bell and Deyoung of Mount Pleasant and Thomas and Hutton of Myrtle Beach.
The S.C. Department of Transportation has a two-year limit on contracts for road engineering firms working on projects involving federal or state funding.
• A $100,000 grant from the S.C. Recreational Trails Program will pay for an extension of the bike path along Highway 17 from Boyle Drive to Trace Drive in North Litchfield.
The cost for the project is $137,758. County Council authorized using $37,758 in Land Bank funds, which includes a $25,000 match to the Recreational Trails grant.
• A $19,133 grant from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism will help pay for the construction of the $235,000 Murrells Inlet Jetty View Walk.
The county and Murrells Inlet 2020 are teaming up to build a 717-foot-long boardwalk near the southern end of the saltmarsh.
Murrells Inlet 2020 is donating $20,000, the county will have to match the $19,133 grant, and $196,000 will come from the Georgetown County Murrells Inlet Revitalization (Sunday Sales) Fund.
The boardwalk could be completed by April.

By Chris Sokoloski

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