Myrtle Beach notebook | City Council holds public hearing on election changes

mprabhu@thesunnews.comOctober 8, 2012 

— The Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday, directly before the council meeting, to hear thoughts from residents on proposed changes to the election process.

The council is scheduled to introduce an ordinance that would bring the city’s election process in line with the county and state, said city spokesman Mark Kruea.

The proposed ordinance would chance the time period for filing a notice of candidacy and change the date of council elections.

“It’s mainly a housekeeping thing, but it needs a certain level of care and publicity,” Kruea said.

The ordinance would change the window for notifying the city of one’s intention to run for council from “not more than 45 days nor less than 30 days” prior to the election to “not more than 75 days nor less than 60 days” prior to the election. The earlier time frame is to give ample time for absentee balloting.

The ordinance also would change the election date from the “first Tuesday in November” to the “first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”

“We are taking extra care to make sure everyone is aware,” Kruea said.

Fire department open house

The Myrtle Beach Fire Department will host an open house and fire prevention expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station No. 6 on 38th Avenue North.

The event will feature fire truck rides, a firefighting simulator, firehouse tours, a rope rescue demonstration, a kids’ combat challenge, a building area and other activities.

The open house falls in line with National Fire Prevention Week, which was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Green laser discussion

The Horry County League of Cities will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Red Cross Building, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach’s city administrator will report on the proposed regulation of laser pointers.

The league also will request assistance from the Horry County state legislative delegation to help resolve issues concerning local government costs to recycle electronic waste.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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