In an effort to promote wellness and reduce health costs, the City opened a health and wellness center for employees, retirees under 65 and the covered dependents. The center provides a full range of primary care/family practice medical services. The office visits and in stock prescription medications are provided at no charge to the employees, retirees and dependents. The center is funded by health insurance premiums paid by the City and employees.
The City began work on the replacement of the police computer assisted dispatch system at a cost of $1,136,624, which was funded by a capital lease and a grant.
FOR THE FUTURE
Plans for the future address major comprehensive plan elements. Some of the projects are as follows:
Completion of the replacement of the police computer assisted dispatch system.
Replacement of the Law Enforcement Center roof.
Renovation and addition to the police and evidence room in order to alleviate current crowding of evidentiary material and to accommodate future growth.
Renovation of the former Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad building to provide additional bulk storage space and house the Waterfront/Special Operations, Bike Patrol and Patrol Shift Operations units.
Canal Street Recreation Center gymnasium roof and pool deck replacement.
Pepper Geddings Recreation Center play courts and pool deck addition and replacement.
Continued landscaping and stormwater, underground utility conversion and roadway realignment projects in the area of 1st Avenue North to Withers Swash in the Downtown Redevelopment Area.
Continued construction of the Grand Park ball field facilities.
Continued installation of underground utilities.
Continued neighborhood enhancements including sidewalk, curb and guttering, infrastructure restoration and signage.
Continued stormwater infrastructure improvements which address stormwater flood control system maintenance and construction, ocean outfall projects and drainage maintenance improvements.
Continued improvements to construction, replacement and extension of the water delivery system. Also, continued construction and replacement of the sewer system infrastructure and pump station upgrades.
INTERNAL CONTROL STRUCTURE
Management of the City is responsible for establishing and maintaining an internal control structure designed to ensure that the assets of the City are protected from loss, theft or misuse. It must also ensure that adequate accounting data are compiled to allow for the preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. The internal control structure is designed to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurances that these objectives are met. The concept of reasonable assurance recognizes that: (1) the cost of a control should ordinarily not exceed the benefits to be derived and (2) the valuation of costs and benefits requires estimates and judgments by management.
As a recipient of federal, state and county financial assistance, the City also is responsible for ensuring that an adequate internal control structure is in place to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations related to those programs. The internal control structure is subject to periodic management evaluation.
As a part of the City's single audit, tests are made to determine the adequacy of the internal control structure, including those controls related to federal financial assistance programs, as well as to determine that the City has complied with applicable laws and regulations. The results of the City's single audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010 are contained in the Single Audit Section.