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July 22, 2014

Surfside Beach not offering trash collection to Caropines

The town of Surfside Beach won’t offer trash collection in the Caropines community located just outside the town’s limit.

The town of Surfside Beach won’t offer trash collection in the Caropines community located just outside the town’s limit.

Public Works Director John Adair, during a meeting Tuesday, told the town council he couldn’t recommend offering trash pickup to Caropines residents again at this point. Council members had asked him to provide information on whether to restart the service as a way to increase revenue in the town.

Surfside Beach collected about $30,000 annually from residents in the Caropines community — located on the west side of U.S. 17 behind Wild Water and Wheels — before canceling the service in 2012.

“We don’t have the excess capacity anymore ... I cannot say with any certainty that we can absorb service to the Caropines with no increase to equipment or manpower,” Adair said

Adair said he surveyed Caropines residents, and those with interest in using Surfside Beach again most wanted yard debris pickup.

“I have no doubt that yard pickup, as stretched as it is, would not be an option at all to Caropines,” he said.

Town Council concurred with Adair that trash collection would not be pursued in that community.

Flower baskets approved

Town Council on Tuesday approved funding for hanging flower baskets requested by the town’s beautification committee Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful.

Council members initially gave approval to buy $15,000 worth of baskets in January, but those never were bought.

At the July 8 meeting, Town Council approved spending $3,000.

Councilwoman Mary Beth Mabry brought the measure back for council’s consideration to allow spending up to the original $15,000 saying she voted for it in January and made a mistake voting for the lower amount.

Councilmen David Pellegrino and Bob Childs voted against the expenditure, which passed by a 5-2 vote.

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