SURFSIDE BEACH — A small pond on the south end of Surfside Beach will be filled in, town officials decided Tuesday.
The pond, at Sixth Avenue South and Willow Drive South, has been difficult to maintain, according to Public Works Director John Adair.
“Basically, the pond is too shallow and too warm in the summer season to be anything except a breeding ground for mosquitoes and unwanted weeds,” he said.
The pond has no useful filtration or retention purpose and filling it will not have a noticeable effect on water quality, he said.
Town Council’s approval for filling the pond was unanimous.
Adair, during his recommendation to fill the pond, said its maintenance is costly and time-consuming.
Permitting from S.C. Department of Environmental Health and Control was obtained in the summer and the Army Corps of Engineers also gave approval.
Adair estimated it would cost $7,000 to fill the pond and said the money will come from existing funds for stormwater improvement. Initially the area will be a grass space, but Town Council could add features such as benches in the future.
Budget Retreat Moves
In a 4-3 vote, Town Council decided to move its annual budget retreat back to Pinopolis. The retreat was held in Surfside Beach this year following complaints by residents.
Councilman Mark Johnson said he didn’t think that was a factor for next year because only a few citizens showed up to the retreat and other budget workshops.
Councilman Rod Smith agreed to move the retreat, explaining that he stepped out of this year’s meeting to attend to other business because it was easy to do.
Councilwomen Beth Kohlmann and Ann Dodge and Councilman Randle Stevens voted to keep the retreat in town.
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