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On March 19, 2021
in Weekly Update
The following meetings will meet in person with all COVID19 precautions in place. Citizens who wish to attend meetings in person will be encouraged to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be made available to you.
Keep Horry County Beautiful
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 11:30 a.m.
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Library Board of Trustees
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
The following meetings 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).
Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 9 a.m.
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View meeting on our website here.
Planning Commission Workshop
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3 p.m.
Virtual Update: Buyout Program in Horry County
Horry County will be hosting a virtual update on March 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. to provide a buyout program overview to affected residents.
At this time, Horry County has not received the official award letter from SCDRO or entered into the necessary agreements to begin the buyout program. Horry County has received a number of phone calls from residents requesting information on the buyout program so they can make decisions whether or not they are interested in making an application, as well as which Federal program they should apply for. This update is designed to provide residents in the affected areas general information related to these questions as well as general buyout information.
Participation in this seminar is not required for interested homeowners but may help answer some initial questions, including the anticipated timelines.
The seminar will be broadcast live on the Horry County Government Facebook Page, Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14), and on the County website. The format will include a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to submit questions. The question and answer session will be moderated.
Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Users watching the seminar on the Horry County Government Facebook page can submit their questions in the comments section of the live video feed.
Information and updates will be available at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.
Horry County Seeking Public Input on Sandridge Community Park
Horry County, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), is seeking public input to help reduce impacts to the Sandridge Community Park from the RIDE III -- Conway Perimeter Road Phase II (El Bethel Road Extension) project and inform future potential amenities.
The Conway Perimeter Road Phase II project, part of the Ride III Program, will impact the Sandridge Community Park by traversing the southern-most portion of the park. Impacts from the proposed road extension include the basketball courts, playground, and one picnic shelter. Community input is needed to help mitigate these impacts and plan for their replacement with desired amenities. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10-minutes to complete. The survey will be available through April 16, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government & Justice Center at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.
Horry County is continuing to plan for our future. Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide your input and ensure that the Sandridge Community Park improvements reflect the desires of the community.
Any questions about the survey or future potential park improvements can be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning Senior Planner, Ashley Cowen, at (843) 915-7894 or by email.
If you wish to receive updates on the progress of park improvements, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end.
Questions regarding the Ride III program can be directed to the Horry County Ride Program Manager Jason Thompson, PE, at (843) 915-5160 or by email.
United Way of Horry County Needs Assessment Survey
United Way of Horry County is leading a Community Needs Assessment Survey so we, and other agencies, can better address the ever-changing issues in our area. Your response will help UWHC and others form impactful decisions and fund programs that will create lasting change here in our community.
Visit the website above and complete the survey by Friday, April 30, 2021.
The survey does not ask your name, address or phone number. All of your answers are confidential. If you have any questions, contact Katie Dwulet, Community Impact Coordinator by email Katie@unitedwayhorry.org or by phone at 843-347-5195 ext. 5.
Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road
A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.
Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update
Following the guidance of state and federal agencies, Horry County continues to allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:
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 Henry McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.
Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Court will begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, Monday, March 15, 2021, (including in-person Grand Jury proceedings). Circuit Court will resume holding jury trials on Monday, April 5, 2021.
All Summary Courts (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrates', Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) may begin holding in-person proceedings starting March 15, 2021. Central Traffic Court will begin holding in-person hearings on April 5, 2021.
On March 18, 2021
in Closings, County News
Based on the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service, Horry County Government offices and facilities will close at 2 p.m. today, March 18, 2021, due to the potential threat of severe weather.
All Horry County Solid Waste Authority recycling and convenience centers will also close at 2 p.m. today.
Recreation events scheduled at county recreation centers and fields will also be cancelled tonight.
The Board of Fee Appeals meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. today is cancelled.
Myrtle Beach International Airport remains open but passengers should check the status of their flights with their airlines.
Public safety departments will continue to provide critical services.
Horry County Government asks everyone to remain weather aware and heed any emergency weather alerts. For more information, follow Horry County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.
On March 12, 2021
in Weekly Update
[3.16.21-FLC meeting agenda revised, I&R Subcommittee agenda & packet added and release regarding bridge reopening added]
Historic Preservation Committee
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6 p.m.
The March 16th Council Meeting will take place in-person 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).
IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT:
Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments via telephone on items that are scheduled for a public hearing. Speakers must sign up prior to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, by contacting Pat Hartley at (843) 915-5120, or by email email@example.com. Written comments submitted to the same email address will be accepted and provided to council members.
Public Hearings that are scheduled for March 16th include the following:
Ordinance 22-2021 to amend the Future Land Use Map of the Imagine 2040 Comprehensive Plan for PINS 29716040004 and 29716040003 from Rural to Rural Communities.
Ordinance 23-2021 to amend the FY2021 Budget Ordinance so as to recognize various revenue and expenditures in the Debt Service and Capital Improvement Projects funds.
Ordinance 24-2021 authorizing the issuance and sale of not exceeding $3.5 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2021A, or such other appropriate series designation, of Horry County; fixing the form and details of the bonds; authorizing the county administrator or his lawfully-authorized designee to determine certain matters relating to the bonds; providing for the payment of the bonds and the disposition of the proceeds thereof; and other matters relating thereto.
Forfeited Land Commission--Revised Agenda
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10 a.m.
Board of Fee Appeals
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3 p.m.
Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding
Friday, March 19, 2021, 10 a.m.
Railroad Bridge Reopens
The Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad bridge, at mile 44.4 in Conway, SC that was closed due to high water has been reopened. For questions please contact Horry County’s Department of Public Works at (843) 915-5410.
Myrtle Ridge Drive to Close for Sewer Repair
Myrtle Ridge Drive will be closed to thru traffic between Highway 544 and Highway 501 Wednesday, March 17, 2021, for sewer repair. Traffic will be detoured via Singleton Ridge Road. Drivers are urged to use caution and obey all traffic control devices.
Horry County Government COVID 19 Operations Update
On March 11, 2021
in County News
Horry County received assurances from SCDHEC that Horry County Fire Rescue is in good standing in the COVID-19 vaccination program and SCDHEC confirmed that vaccine inventory requests for the next delivery cycle could be fulfilled. As directed by SCDHEC, we opened up for public appointments using the VAMS appointment scheduling system. As a result, approximately 800 individuals meeting the Phase 1A and 1B criteria have signed up through the VAMS appointment scheduling system for first dose vaccines.
Yesterday night, a representative of SCDHEC denied that the order for additional first doses would be placed citing “miscommunication” between SCDHEC officials. Despite indicating their commitment to making sure everyone who received a first dose would receive a second dose in future shipments, Horry County Fire Rescue has not received a shipment of vaccine from SCDHEC since February 12, 2021.
Horry County Fire Rescue has reserved enough vaccines to administer to those that have signed up. If you are already scheduled to receive your vaccine with Horry County, you should still come to your scheduled appointment. We are also ensuring that everyone who has received a first dose with Horry County will be able to receive their second dose with us. At this point, the County has suspended appointments through the VAMS appointment scheduling system, and we do not anticipate any further doses from SCDHEC. First dose appointments with our facility will conclude on April 6, 2021 and after all of the second dose appointments have been honored, we will conclude our vaccination program.
We remain frustrated by the lack of ability from SCDHEC to consistently communicate with vaccine providers in the state. We are not alone, and we find it necessary to speak out. We have endeavored to work cooperatively with SCDHEC, but have been thwarted at every turn.
We remain committed to seeing that every person in Horry County that wishes to receive a shot is able to do so. We appreciate the men and women of Horry County Fire Rescue that stepped up to help their community in a time of need and have done a wonderful job administering the vaccine to first responders and the most vulnerable members of our community.
On March 9, 2021
in County News
Today, the South Carolina Disaster Recover Office SCDRO announced the approval of CDBG-mitigation funding for Horry County that will help buyout properties from flood victims in the Socastee area of Horry County. SCDRO approved $13 million in buyout funding to purchase approximately 60 homes.
In addition, this funding will cover two major mitigation projects in the Bucksport area. This community expressed interest in solutions that would allow them to stay in their homes, and we determined there were some viable projects as a part of the County’s resiliency planning process. Those projects were submitted in this application for funding, and approved.
County Councilmember Cam Crawford said, “I am very encouraged by today’s announcement. I believe this will help provide significant relief to vulnerable members of our community, including the residents of Socastee.”
“We are very thankful that the state is providing Horry County with the funds to complete this critical piece of flood protection for our community,” said Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner. “I also want to thank our local delegation, the Governor, and my fellow county council members for their hard work and advocacy that helped bring us to this moment.”
Horry County submitted an application for the buyout program in December 2020 and has recently learned that a portion of that proposal has been approved through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program. Horry County has been waiting for this program along with our residents for a number of years and we are prepared to expedite the program as quickly as possible in coordination with the state.
This is a voluntary program that will pay for the cost of purchasing, demolishing, and stabilizing lots for over 60 flood-prone homes along the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee. Homes outside of the targeted area will apply directly to SCDRO—more information is available on their website at https://florence.scstormrecovery.com/.
Horry County will be hosting a virtual seminar on March 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. to provide an update to affected residents to be followed by several intake meetings in the designated areas. Anyone who filled out the interest form last year will be contacted by the County with their next steps. Even those who did not fill out the interest form last year are eligible to begin the intake process, assuming they meet the criteria.
Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “The Community Development Office is working closely with the state to develop a smooth intake process so that we can help residents get through this program as efficiently as possible. We know that these residents have been tremendously patient and we ask that everyone continue to work together with us as we get this underway.”
Visit horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject to stay informed about these projects.
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