Loris to eye fireworks options

Chamber of Commerce officials will meet Thursday to discuss what to do about the canceled Summer Sizzler fireworks show, Councilman Mike Suggs said Monday.

It was unclear when the show might be rescheduled. It was set for Saturday, but rain postponed the July Fourth event at the Commerce Center.

During its Monday meeting, City Council also learned that at their August meeting they should be presented with a recommendation to replace Larry Gerald, who is retiring as the city's planning and zoning director/building and code enforcement official, Councilwoman Estelle Wright said.

The finance and personnel committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to schedule interviews with the applicants.

Gerald announced earlier this year he will retire when a replacement is found.

"I know Mr. Gerald is anxious to start his retirement and we're doing everything we can to move that along," Mayor David Stoudenmire said.

City Council members also plan to discuss at their next meeting what they will do concerning the vacant position of city judge after the recent retirement of Harry McDowell, who also served as an Horry County magistrate. Chief Magistrate Gerald Whitley will fill in until the city decides whether to hire a replacement city judge or continue to contract with the Horry County magistrate system, Stoudenmire said.

In other news:

City Council approved first reading of two annexation ordinance to annex a half acre lot on Stadium Drive and 1.5 acres on East Main Street.

Council accepted annexation petitions for two parcels, which will now be sent to the city's planning commission for review and zoning before it is sent to council for final approval.

The council voted to purchase a replacement for its 1989 service cart. A 2003 model will be purchased for $3,100.

A ribbon-cutting is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday for Builder's First Source, the second tenant for the Loris Commerce Center.