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Upcoming Meetings for October 26-30, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 9 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

The following meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

 

The following meeting will take place virtually via Webex (instructions below). Please note these links will not work until the meeting date/time.

 

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

Click here to contact Jason Lehman for information on how to join the meeting.

 

Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections Office To Be Open On Saturday

The Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway will be open for absentee in person voting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020, and Saturday, October 31, 2020, ahead of the November 3, 2020, General Election. Please note, this is the only location open on these Saturdays for absentee in person voting and absentee ballot drop off.

Voters who prefer to vote absentee in person will enter the facility, complete the provided absentee voting application, and then vote. Voters are urged to visit www.scvotes.gov to ensure that their information is correct prior to arrival. Additionally, absentee in person voters will need to have proper photo identification. Voters are reminded to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.

For more information, visit www.scvotes.gov or contact the Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office at (843) 915-5440.

 

Registration and Elections to Conduct Scanner Test

The Horry County Election Commission will be conducting a routine test of the scanner used to count absentee ballots on Election Day, November 3, 2020. The test will be conducted on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 8 a.m. in the Registration & Elections Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.

For further information, contact Horry County Registration & Elections at 843-915-5440.

 

Community Tree Planting Event at the Michael Morris Graham Park

As part of Community Planning Month, the Horry County Parks & Open Space Board, Horry County Parks & Recreation and Keep Horry County Beautiful will hold a Community Tree Planting at the Michael Morris Graham Park in Aynor on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 9 a.m. The tree planting was made possible through a grant of 70-trees from PalmettoPride (some of which will be planted at Michael Morris Graham Park). Additional landscaping items (plants, mulch, etc) will be placed thanks to an additional grant from PalmettoPride that was awarded to Keep Horry County Beautiful. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340.

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings will be resumed October 30, 2020.



Upcoming Meetings for October 19-23, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

County Council

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

The October 20th Council Meeting will take place in-person in Council Chambers. Social separation protocols will be enforced and seating will be very limited. Overflow space will be available to accommodate public viewing. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and in Council Chambers. The meeting will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative channel 14.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT

Public Comment will be taken ONLY on items scheduled for a public hearing. See list below.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. You will receive a call during the meeting and patched into the meeting when the item on which you wish to speak comes up on the agenda. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by emailing hartleyp@horrycounty.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, hartleyp@horrycounty.org. The Public Input segment that is held at the beginning of each meeting remains suspended until further notice. 

Public Hearings that are scheduled for October 20th include:

Ordinance 93-2020 amending Ordinance 93-16 for the express purpose of deleting Sub-section (D)(1) of Section 1, retroactive to January 1, 2017.

Ordinance 94-2020 approving & authorizing the county administrator to undertake such actions as may be necessary to list and sell the Rankin house for the benefit of Conway Memorial Library.

Ordinance 95-2020 to amend the Horry County Code “Chapter 2 Administration; Article V. Finance and Fiscal Procedures” to increase the revenue stabilization reserve to 5% for certain funds and provide reserve requirements for the waste management recycling fund. 

 

 

Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Horry County 911 to Implement Recorded Announcement

Beginning Sunday, November 1, 2020, Horry County 911 will implement a recorded announcement that people will hear when they call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency dispatch line at 843-248-1520. Calls will continue to be routed through our normal process and this announcement will not delay a call-taker from answering a call. The announcement, which replaces the ringing a caller would normally hear, will let people know that their call has been received and ask them not to hang up the phone.

“We urge everyone that calls 9-1-1 to stay on the line”, said Director of Horry County 911 Renee Hardwick. “When a person hangs up and calls back, the call goes to the back of the line while the call-taker is tied up trying to call back. Our call volumes continue to increase each year and we think this new recorded message will improve efficiency for our call-takers by reducing hang-ups and the potential delays for our call-takers answering the phone.”

For non-emergencies that require public safety assistance, people should call 843-248-1520. For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.

 

Horry County Citizen Planning Academy

Horry County Council has declared October as Community Planning Month. To celebrate, Horry County Planning & Zoning is hosting its second annual Citizen Planning Academy, which is designed to create citizen planners that will be engaged in shaping the future of Horry County. This year's program will be held virtually through multiple 1.5-hour web-based sessions that will cover a variety of topics such as development trends, the rezoning process, understanding the development process, capital improvements planning and funding, and ways to guide quality growth.

Participants will attend a total of seven web-based sessions from the end of October through January, including a Virtual Meet & Greet on October 28, 2020, and education sessions on November 12, November 18, December 10, December 16, January 14, and January 20. While the session dates are predetermined, the session times will be based upon the availability of the participants.

Applications for this program can be submitted electronically through Monday, October 19 by clicking here. Space is limited to ensure a quality experience for all participants. Applications will be reviewed to ensure the Academy has balanced representation from throughout unincorporated Horry County. Selection for this program will be done without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, or disability.

Applicants will be notified by email by October 23, 2020, if they have been accepted into the program. Those not accepted for this year's academy will be placed on a waiting list and be considered for future offerings. All education sessions will be made available on the Planning & Zoning website afterward for the public to listen and learn at their leisure.

For more information on this program, please contact Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at (843) 915-5340.

 

Horry County to Accept Applications for Community Development Block Grant for CDBG-CV Funding

Horry County is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for eligible Community Development Block Grant for (CDBG-CV) public service projects for the 2020 funding cycle. A total of $120,000 in CDBG-CV funding will be made available for eligible public service projects.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Program funds to Horry County to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDBG-CV funds are authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136 and must be used to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Applications for public service CDBG-CV projects must primarily serve low to moderate-income persons. Applications are due no later than November 5, 2020, at 5 p.m. to be eligible for funding consideration.

For more information, contact Horry County Community Development by email. Applications are available for download on the Horry County Community Development website.

 

Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

The Horry County Historic Preservation Commission’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize the Goldfinch Funeral Home with a ceremony on October 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. Typically the ceremonies are open to the public, however, due to Covid-19, the ceremony will be live-streamed on the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission’s Facebook page.

The year was 1905 when W. T. Goldfinch owner of the Kingston Furniture Company on Main Street in Conway, set aside space in the rear of his new store to display and sell “coffins,” as they were called in those days. His two sons, Albert and William were also involved with this venture. This was the simple beginning of the Goldfinch Funeral Home.

Currently, the Goldfinch Funeral Home has entered its fifth generation of ownership with Megan Goldfinch Hayden becoming the President and CEO. Join us live on Facebook for the tale of five generations, and how they took the business from its humble beginnings through the years of serving the community, to the expansion of six locations.

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years. For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340.

 

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings will be resumed October 30, 2020.

 

 



Community Planning Month Education & Events

Horry County Council has declared October as Community Planning Month! Horry County would like to take this month to highlight the importance that planning and public participation have on our communities, environment, and lives. To celebrate, Horry County is hosting a number of community education and engagement opportunities, which are listed below. The County would also like to take this time to recognize the participation and dedication of the members of the Horry County Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, the Parks and Open Space Board, and Keep Horry County Beautiful. These members have contributed their time and expertise to improve and protect the quality of life in Horry County.

Horry County Planning & Zoning Annual Report – Available Now – This report details the activities of the Planning & Zoning staff, boards, and commissions for fiscal year 2020 (July 1,2019-June 30, 2020). Click here to view and download the report, or visit us on Facebook.

Citizen Planning Academy Registration – Horry County Planning & Zoning is pleased to announce its second annual Citizen Planning Academy, which is designed to create citizen planners that will be engaged in shaping the future of unincorporated Horry County. This year's program will be held virtually through a series of 1.5 hour web-based sessions that will cover a variety of planning and development topics. Sessions are scheduled from the end of October through January. Applications may be submitted here by October 19th. Spaces are limited to ensure that participants have a quality experience. Selected applicants will be notified by October 23, 2020, if they have been accepted into this year’s program. All education sessions will be recorded and made available to the public on the Planning & Zoning website afterward.

Historic Preservation Plan Public Comment Period and November 5, 2020, Public Hearing – The Horry County Preservation Plan is currently available for public review and comment on the Historic Preservation Commission’s webpage. The plan is also available in the Planning & Zoning Department at 1301 Second Ave, Suite 1D09 in Conway, SC 29526. Comments may be mailed to this address or emailed. The Horry County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the same building on November 5, 2020, at 5:30 pm. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend and provide comments.

Legacy Business Recognition for Goldfinch Funeral Home, October 20, 2020, at 10 a.m.- The Horry County Historic Preservation Commission will recognize Goldfinch Funeral Home, which was established and has remained under the same family ownership since 1905. This event will be held virtually to ensure social distancing. It can be live-streamed from the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission’s Facebook page on the day of the event.

Horry County Beach Management Plan Survey- Horry County Planning & Zoning has begun updating the County’s Beach Management Plan, which is a guiding document for the public access and management of the beach in unincorporated Horry County. Stay tuned to future press releases and social media outlets for the release of a community input survey!

Community Tree Planting Event at Michael Morris Graham Park- Friday, November 6, 2020, at 9 am (tentative)- A community tree planting event is being planned for Michael Morris Graham Park at 1253 Vereen Rd, Aynor, SC 29511. This event is being organized in cooperation with Horry County Council, the Parks & Recreation Department, the Parks and Open Space Board, Keep Horry County Beautiful, and PalmettoPride. Details to be announced.

Parks and Open Space Plan Presentation – November 10, 2020, at Noon – Staff will present a draft of the Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan to the Parks and Open Space Board at their regularly scheduled meeting on November 10, 2020, at 12 p.m. in Multi-Purpose Room B of the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Ave in Conway, SC 29526. The Board will be reviewing the plan and considering it for review by the Horry County Planning Commission and Horry County Council. The public is invited to attend and provide comments. Comments may also be sent in advance of the meeting by email.

For questions about any of the above community education and engagement opportunities, please contact Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340. 

 



Upcoming Meetings for October 12-16, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Revision October 13, 2020-Please note the Forfeited Land Commission meeting scheduled for October 15, 2020, has been canceled.

 

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, October 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 9 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Transportation/Economic Development Committee

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 2 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Forfeited Land Commission-CANCELED

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 9 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here.

 

Museum Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 5 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

The Horry County Historic Preservation Commission’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize the Goldfinch Funeral Home with a ceremony on October 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. Typically the ceremonies are open to the public, however, due to Covid-19, the ceremony will be live-streamed on the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission’s Facebook page.

The year was 1905 when W. T. Goldfinch owner of the Kingston Furniture Company on Main Street in Conway, set aside space in the rear of his new store to display and sell “coffins,” as they were called in those days. His two sons, Albert and William were also involved with this venture. This was the simple beginning of the Goldfinch Funeral Home.

Currently, the Goldfinch Funeral Home has entered its fifth generation of ownership with Megan Goldfinch Hayden becoming the President and CEO. Join us live on Facebook for the tale of five generations, and how they took the business from its humble beginnings through the years of serving the community, to the expansion of six locations.

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years. For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340.

 

Carolina Forest Boulevard Traffic Switch

Southern Asphalt intends to implement a permanent traffic switch starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2020, that will impact the westbound lanes of Carolina Forest Boulevard.

  • The westbound travel lane will be relocated to the outermost lane of the new section of the roadway. This relocation will start at the River Oaks intersection and will continue throughout the entire Carolina Forest Boulevard project.
  • The eastbound travel lane will not be affected by this planned traffic switch.
  • The north side multi-use path will remain CLOSED and should not be utilized.

From the Spring Lake subdivision to River Oaks Drive, the speed limit will be reduced to 35-mph until the project's completion. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.

The planned traffic switch is necessary to allow Southern Asphalt to complete the median work of the Carolina Forest Boulevard Widening Project.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings will be resumed on October 30, 2020.

 



Horry County Community Development Office Closes to the Public October 7- October 9, 2020

The Horry County Community Development Office will be closed to the public Wednesday, October 7, 2020 through Friday, October 9, 2020 while they move their office space. They are temporarily relocating to a facility located at 128 Professional Park Drive in Conway before moving to their new permanent office space in the former Santee Cooper building located on the corner of Second and Elm Street in downtown Conway after the New Year.

The facility located at 1515 Fourth Avenue in Conway, where the Community Development offices were previously located, will now house only the Voters Registration and Elections Offices, allowing that office to expand.

While the Community Development office is closed to the public this week, employees will still be working to facilitate the move. During the office closure, phone service may be limited. If you need to be in touch with the office during that time, please email Courtney Frappaolo at FrappaoloC@horrycounty.org. The offices are scheduled to re-open to the public in their new temporary location on Monday, October 12.



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