First reading held on ordinance about Cherry Grove Improvement District in dredging project

First reading held on ordinance about Cherry Grove Improvement District in dredging project
Photographer: George Umbenhauer
Photographer: George Umbenhauer

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The first reading was held on an ordinance Monday night at the city council meeting in North Myrtle Beach that would establish the Cherry Grove Improvement District and finalize the dredging project.

The Upper Z canal was removed from the project because it could not be dredged.

Under the new ordinance, close to 700 property owners would pay a maximum of $2,400 per year for ten years, and the city would contribute more than $1.4 million in general funds. Property owners pay the amount up front and then pay again when the next dredge is placed. The information will be provided on the property owner's tax notice. The council will not have the power to bill for the second dredge until it's passed.

Some "street side" homeowners will not be included in this because the channel does not pass in front of their property. The city's website will keep people up to date on the progress.

The original ordinance that set up dredging assessment was amended during the meeting. City council said they reviewed the written objection letters from property owners regarding their assessment and almost all of the people living by the canals wanted the project.

Someone attending the meeting inquired if the dredging would alleviate the flooding. City council said the dredging, which was never intended to relieve the flooding, will not alleviate or worsen the flooding. The purpose of the dredging is to provide water at all tides in Cherry Grove.

The final reading of the ordinance will be held on December 14. The final assessment role will be sent to county offices. The project will start around 2016 if it passes the final reading.

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