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Congratulations to the City's Safe Employee of the Year for 2015 Jason Ward! Jason was honored at the Employee Safety Picnic on April 22, 2016. Jason has been with the Georgetown Police Department since 1997 and has been a pillar of safety excellence! ...

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The Broad Street Streetscape Project began on March 10th. The first phase of the project involves boring and installing the electrical conduit, and putting in the light pole bases. Landscaping and sidewalk work will follow. Most of this work should not impact traffic. However, there will be some street closure when SCDOT does the street resurfacing work. SCDOT has not yet provided the dates for this work, but when it is known, the information will be posted on the City’s Website and City’s Facebook Page. ...

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Public Notice: Accommodation & Hospitality Tax Committee Meeting

The Accommodation & Hospitality Tax Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 4:00PM in Council Chambers at 120 N Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC.

Issue with Harborwalk Lighting

When the Harborwalk was refurbished in 2010 with ipe wood, the project included new LED lighting along the walkway and decorative overhead lights at the entry points. Since the project was completed, the City has had issues finding replacement parts for the LED lighting mounted under the handrails. The City has experimented with different manufacturers, which has created additional failures working when combined with the original system. The Electric Dept. feels confident that they have found a reliable solution, but it will require replacement of the entire lighting system, including low-voltage power supplies and the individual light fixtures themselves. A request has been made for the FY 16/17 City budget to fund the lighting system replacement and the City has begun the necessary preliminary engineering to be able to begin the replacement in July if approved.

Program for Public Information Committee Meeting

The City of Georgetown, Georgetown County, and Pawleys Island will hold a committee meeting for the multi-jurisdictional Program for Public Information (PPI) of the Community Rating System (CRS).  This committee is to help staff in their efforts to mitigate flooding hazards, identify areas of flood problems, and plan for future flooding events.  This will be a public meeting that will be held in the Council Chambers at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  For more information please contact the City of Georgetown Housing & Community Development Department at (843) 545-4010.

April 2016 Fire Hydrant Testing Schedule

The City of Georgetown Fire Department will start their annual fire hydrant flushing and testing on April 18, 2016 and finish by May 15, 2016.  For a complete schedule of this testing, please click on the document download below.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Georgetown City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 120 N Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC.

The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to receive citizen input concerning an ordinance to amend the Miscellaneous Utility Fees and Charges contained in the City Clerk’s Official Record to add a restore fee of $30 to delinquent utility accounts and change Waste Hauler Fee to $20/500gals.

The Regular Meeting of City Council will follow.

New Preliminary Flood Maps Now Available

The City of Georgetown has just received the new Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for review.  These are the first updates to the FIRMs since March 16, 1989 (yes, pre-Hugo).  Currently these new maps are PRELIMINARY and must go through a review and adoption process before they become official.  There was a formal Preliminary DFIRM Community Coordination (PDCC) meeting that discussed the revised flood hazard information, ordinance adoption, and other frequently asked questions and concerns held on March 8, 2016 at City Hall.  Click on the links below to view information on the new FIRMs, the Flood Insurance Study, and how to appeal the maps.  Please contact us at the Housing & Community Development department with any other question you may have.

Preliminary 2016 Flood Map

2015 Flood Insurance Study

Flood Risk Property Owner Information Form

FIRM Appeals Criteria

Or click here to go to the FEMA website to view all Georgetown County Flood Map panels.

Broad St. Streetscape Project

Broad St. Streetscape Project began on March 10th.  The first phase of the project involves boring and installing the electrical conduit, and putting in the light pole bases. Landscaping and sidewalk work will follow.  Most of this work should not impact traffic. However, there will be some street closure when SCDOT does the street resurfacing work. SCDOT has not yet provided the dates for this work, but when it is known, the information will be posted on the City’s Website and City’s Facebook Page.

FAQ: Why does it take so long for the City to repair utility cuts in the street?

City crews are regularly having to make utility cuts into the street to repair broken water and sewer lines. Once the utility repair is made, City crews will backfill with the base material and pack the excavated area according to SCDOT regulations. The City may put down a cold asphalt patch (“blacktop repair”) as a temporary solution, but the permanent asphalt paving requires a hot asphalt mix. It can sometimes take months before the final asphalt paving. The reason for this delay is because of the way asphalt paving services operate.

The City request bids annually for asphalt paving services that includes all patching and small paving jobs of utility cuts. The closest hot asphalt plant to Georgetown is in Conway. Normally, the City’s contractor comes in once per month and permanently repairs all utility cuts based on the list that the City provides. The contract is let on a square foot basis, which means the contractor may skip a month to batch the work to make it more cost efficient for the City. Also, the asphalt plants do not operate during the cold months making it a seasonal business.  It is frustrating that it can take so long to get these street repairs complete, but the City is at the mercy of asphalt paving services. The City is always looking for ways to efficiently improve services.

 

Board Members Needed

The Housing & Community Development Department is always looking for citizens to serve on one of our community boards.  The boards include the Architectural Review Board (ARB), Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), Planning Commission (PC), Community Appearance Board (CAB), &  Construction Board of Appeals (CBA).  Applicants should contact the Housing & Community Development Department at (843) 545-4010 for requirements and application.  Please help the City of Georgetown by serving your community.

 


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