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On June 12, 2020
in County News, Emergencies, Weekly Update
Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.
Board of Architectural Review
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 6 p.m.
The June 16th 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
Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having a public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, email@example.com. The Public Input segment that is held at the beginning of each meeting remains suspended until further notice.
Public Hearings that are scheduled for June 16th include:
Welcome Back Committee-Rescheduled to 6/25/20 @ 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Board of Fee Appeals-CANCELED
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 3 p.m.
Horry County to Conduct Mosquito Spraying
Horry County Government will begin aerial spraying for mosquitos next week. Aerial spraying will be conducted in the evenings usually between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and dusk, weather permitting. The locations for aerial spraying will be announced prior to spraying at https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Stormwater.
We anticipate an increase in mosquito population due to the recent excess rainfall and riverine flooding. In preparing for this increase we have increased our monitoring efforts through inspections and trapping and accelerated our larvacide program, especially in areas prone to high mosquito populations. Mosquito population numbers are likely to increase over the next two weeks, in line with the typical lifecycle of a mosquito. Regular ground mosquito spraying continues, weather permitting, for approximately four to five hours after dark Monday through Thursday. The addition of next week’s aerial spraying will allow us to cover a larger portion of the county.
The Horry County Stormwater Department operates the mosquito control program and offers regular service to residents in the unincorporated area of Horry County. In addition, anyone in the unincorporated areas that would like to request mosquito spraying in their area can call the Road and Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000. To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies or fill out a no-spray zone form on our website.
The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.
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:
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.
All Horry County Parks and Recreation centers remain closed at this time. Information about reopening facilities and resuming programming will be provided as soon as possible.
Jurors called by the Horry County Clerk of Court are excused through the end of July.
All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.
Central Traffic Court in Conway is open as well as is the Central Jury County. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.
Preliminary Hearings will resume on June 19, 2020, and like Central Traffic Court hearings will be spaced out over the course of the entire day with all parties having a specific time to appear.
On June 12, 2020
in County News, Emergencies
For the protection of our employees and our community members, Horry County Government will be renewing protocols previously put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19. This comes after notification by S.C. DHEC of a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and potential exposures throughout our community.
Horry County Government currently has 36 employees working remotely or utilizing medical leave due to reports of possible exposure to COVID-19. In total, Horry County Government has been notified of 10 positive cases of COVID-19 among our staff. This number includes cases previously announced.
County offices remain operational; however, we encourage community members to conduct business by phone, email, or other electronic means. Call first before visiting any office in person—many departments will be working by appointment-only in an effort to limit the number of people within a given space.
Community members who must visit an office in person will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
We ask our community to be patient and practice good hygiene.
County officials are continuing to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. Please be advised that conditions may change quickly requiring new or additional changes. Any updates will be provided as soon as possible.
On June 12, 2020
in County News
Congressman Rice to Host Informational Session on Floodwater Mitigation Modeling
Horry County staff have received a number of calls and emails related to the recent flooding and flood mitigation plans. Congressman Rice is sponsoring an information session with the State Disaster Recovery Office in order to provide an update directly to interested residents.
Horry County Government Resiliency Plan Update
Although no funding has yet been received for a buyout program by Horry County, the federal government has awarded $157 million in Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CBDG-MIT) funding to the state. Part of this funding will be allocated by the state for buyout programs to be developed at the local level. In preparation for this upcoming funding opportunity, and in order to quantify interest in a buyout program in repetitive flooding areas, Horry County began circulation of a buyout interest form in Spring 2020. As of June 10, the county has received 80 interest forms from Horry County residents related to the buyout program.
The next step will be for the County to coordinate those areas that have significant interest to solidify an Area Buyout Plan and coordinate as many contiguous properties as possible. Contiguous properties are prioritized for buyout programs as the land can then be used to mitigate flooding for the remaining parcels. In addition, the Horry County team is also working to schedule a series of virtual update sessions, so that the most current information will be available to you. We will continue to provide updates through this email list and at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Community Development Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 843-915-7033.
On June 7, 2020
in Closings, County News
2020 Summer Camps Canceled
A number of our summer camp staff members were exposed to an individual confirmed positive for COVID-19. For the safety of everyone involved, we are canceling all of the Parks and Recreation summer camps scheduled to begin tomorrow. We apologize for the short notice. We were notified of the exposure late Saturday and assessed the impacts to our programs, making the decision to cancel all of our summer camp programs for the remainder of the summer.
We know this is disappointing news for our campers and families. We are anxious to get back to normal but we will not compromise our standards of safety for our campers. We appreciate your continued patience during this difficult time.
Anyone already registered for summer camp programs will be contacted and issued a full refund. Please stay tuned to our Parks and Recreation Facebook page and horrycounty.org for updates.
On June 5, 2020
in County News, Emergencies, Weekly Update
Zoning Board of Appeals
Monday, June 8, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
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Parks & Open Space Board
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 12 p.m.
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).
Welcome Back Committee
Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Please note: The North Myrtle Beach Library will be closed Monday, June 8, 2020, for parking lot maintenance. Patrons are encouraged to visit one of the other branches (click here for a list).
Horry County Parks & Recreation To Resume Athletic Activities & Youth Programming-Reminder
In line with the Governor’s directive, athletic fields will reopen for practice on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Competitive sports will be able to resume outdoor play on June 15, 2020. Horry County Parks and Recreation staff met with the leagues’ organizers to review the guidelines for Re-opening County, Municipal, and School Athletic Fields & Resuming Youth Sports Events developed by AccelerateSC and recommended by the Governor.
Horry County Parks and Recreation youth soccer leagues at South Strand Recreation Center, Carolina Forest Recreation Center, and Aynor area will begin practice the week of June 15, 2020. There are still spaces available in these programs.
Parks and Recreation will also resume summer camp programming for children ages 5 to 12 beginning Monday, June 8, 2020. In addition to enhanced sanitation protocols, camps will be limited to smaller capacities. In order to facilitate best practices for social distancing, campers will be placed into small cohorts that will rotate through the day’s activities. As of today, there are a limited number of spaces left for enrollment.
In addition, playgrounds are now open, but visitors are reminded to continue to follow SCDHEC and CDC guidance which includes frequent handwashing and proper social distancing.
Parks and Recreation centers will reopen for basketball, pickleball, and exercise classes on Saturday, June 13, 2020. In order to accommodate summer programming, the facilities will only be open for these activities on Saturdays through the summer months. Due to the reduction of operating hours at the Recreation Centers, staff is beginning to work through a refund process for pass holders. Every pass issued will be examined and a pro-rated refund will be issued based on how many months were remaining on each pass after February. Centers will transition to only having daily use and individual class fees until summer camp ends and normal operating hours resume.
Facility rentals will also be available on Saturdays with occupancy limits to ensure proper social distancing. Picnic shelter rentals will resume on a normal schedule with social distancing requirements.
To enroll your child in a summer camp or sports league program, please visit https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/ParksAndRecreation or call (843) 915-5330.
Reminders for the June 9th Primary Election
South Carolina will hold a Primary Election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Polls in Horry County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be utilizing enhanced safety protocols for voters and staff.
Interested voters can also vote in-person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Voter's Registration, Elections & CDBG complex located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, the Voter's Registration & Elections office will be open for in-person voting Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enhanced safety protocols will also be in place.
Those with absentee ballots may drop them off at the Voter's Registration, Elections, & CDBG complex until 7 p.m. on Election night using the drop-box to the right of the front doors.
For more information, contact Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.
Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:
Central Traffic Court in Conway will reopen June 8, 2020. The court is sending out notices to members of the public that need to appear requiring them to appear at a selected time to help manage the social distancing requirements.
Central Jury Court will also reopen on June 8, 2020, however, the Court will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.
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