MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The race continues to prepare for Memorial Day Weekend. With constant reminders from the public about the violence during the holiday weekend last year, police and city officials continue to gear up.
All of that equipment comes with a price. On Tuesday, the Myrtle Beach City Council had the first reading of an ordinance which would allow the city to “execute and deliver a lease purchase agreement in an amount not exceeding $1,140,000.
City officials explain it will be used to defray the cost of acquiring public safety equipment used during the Memorial Day Weekend, along will purchasing a rear loader for solid waste.
The two categories were clumped together for the loan. The city plans to spend $210,000 on the rear loader. $930,0000 will go towards public safety equipment.
This includes 1,656 new Hydro Barriers, 7,677 new Bicycle Barriers, 200 new traffic cones, and four new message boards.
City officials explained up until this point, the city and the Myrtle Beach Police Department had been renting the equipment. They estimate that cost to hit up to $8,000 each year.
The equipment will not only be used for the traffic loop which is proposed for the holiday weekend, but also to protect pedestrians while walking.