Hartsville honored for downtown development
By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartsville City Council’s August 8 regular meeting started out anything but regular, with the city receiving two state awards for outstanding downtown development.
Beppie LeGrand, Main Street South Carolina manager, presented Hartsville with the 2016 Outstanding Public/Private Partnership Award for working with private developers to transform a parking lot into the East College Avenue and Mantissa Row retail corridor featuring a boutique, wine shop, salon, frame shop, and art gallery.
Bill Taylor, Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) Field Services Manager, presented Hartsville with the 2016 MASC Achievement Award for its downtown revitalization efforts. Taylor said Hartsville beat out 32 other cities of similar population to win this distinction.
Mayor Mel Pennington praised the team effort between Council, city staff, and private developers to bring thriving businesses to Hartsville’s downtown, and he singled out city manager Natalie Zeigler for her leadership on all these projects.
“Furthermore, the people that live here, that believe in this vision we’re putting together, support that. And that’s really powerful,” said Pennington.
On the regular agenda, Council passed final reading of Ordinance 4298, intended to regulate, license, and encourage the presence of food truck vendors in the City of Hartsville. For a $300 fee, Mobile Food Vendors who pass a 10-year driving record and background check will receive a license and decal allowing them to operate in business and mixed use zoning areas within the city. Licenses expire on December 31 and fees will be prorated for licenses purchased after January 31.
These licensing procedures and restrictions do not apply to ice cream trucks or concession-style food trailers.
Mobile Food Vendors are not allowed within 150 feet of the principal interest of an eating establishment, without written permission from the restaurant owner. That permission is renewable on an annual basis. Food trucks will only be allowed to operate between the hours of 6 a.m.- Midnight, unless they secure special authorization from the city.
Council also passed final reading of Ordinance 4299, leasing 201 W Carolina Ave (the former Marketplace gas station and restaurant) to Back Barn Barbecue, LLC. The city purchased this property as part of a long-term plan to relocate Public Safety operations to a new facility, but that project is roughly three years away. The lease is for two years at $500 per month.
First reading was held for Ordinance 4301, providing for the issuance of not more than $10 million in system improvement revenue bonds, with proceeds going toward constructing and equipping the city’s planned water park expansion project.
Council also approved Resolution 08-17-04, an agreement between SC DHEC and the Hartsville Police Department allowing trained officers to use Naloxone (also known as Narcan) if they suspect they have been exposed to high doses of opioids such as Fentanyl during the course of their duties. If administered properly and promptly after exposure, the nasal spray form of Naloxone can help prevent a deadly opioid overdose. This agreement only provides for police officers to dispense and use Naloxone for themselves in case of emergency, not to administer the drug to the public.