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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.



Upcoming Meetings for October 5-9, 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 6, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

The October 6th 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 6, 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 6th include:

Ordinance 86-2020 to add certain properties to the Horry County Historic Property Register as individual historic properties.

Rezoning Ordinances:

               Ord 88-2020 Wil Witt, agent for Grand Strand Christian Church

               Ord 89-2020 Jones & Jones Properties LLC

               Ord 90-2020 G3 Engineering, agent for DG Golf Limited Partnership

 

 

Forfeited Land Commission

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 9 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on the Rural Civic Center

Friday, October 9, 2020, 10 a.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).

Board of Assessment Appeals

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Carolina Forest Boulevard Traffic Switch

Southern Asphalt intends to implement a permanent traffic switch on the night of 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.

The planned traffic switch is necessary to allow Southern Asphalt to complete the median work of the Carolina Forest Boulevard Widening Project. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.

 

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 September 28-October 2, 2020

[Revised 09.25.20-To correct link for the Preservation Plan]

[Revised 09.28.20-Due to amended County Council agenda]

 

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 Workshop on Mining

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Horry County Preservation Plan Public Hearing and Public Comment Period Announcement

Over the course of the last two years, Horry County staff and the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission have been working to update the Horry County Preservation Plan, an amendment to the IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This review started with a survey titled Planning for Historic Preservation in Horry County, which ran from August through November of 2018.

The public review and adoption process for the Preservation Plan has commenced. Horry County staff presented the Preservation Plan to the Planning Commission at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 3 p.m. This meeting prefaced the formal 30-day public comment period that will be open between September 24, 2020, and October 29, 2020. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments on the plan at the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in multipurpose room B at the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway. After review and approval by the Planning Commission, the Plan will also be reviewed and considered for adoption by Horry County Council.

The Preservation Plan can be reviewed at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 1301 2nd Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. It is also available for review online. Public comments may be mailed to the address above or by emailing Lou Conklin.

 

Property Tax 101: Virtual Presentation

Led by the Horry County Assessor’s Office, Property Tax 101 is an opportunity to learn the basics about real property tax assessment in Horry County. In this one hour seminar-style course, expect to learn more about how property is taxed in Horry County and where that tax money goes. In addition, the course will cover common tax exemptions. This virtual presentation will take place on Monday, September 28 at 4 p.m. The presentation 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 at horrycounty.org. 

Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply). Users watching the seminar on the Horry County Government Facebook page can submit their questions in the comments section of the live video feed.

 

Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at www.my2020census.gov.

 

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 have been canceled until further notice.



Tyler Technologies Security Incident

Horry County Government officials were made aware late yesterday that Tyler Technologies, a software solutions provider for state and local governments that provides services utilized by several county offices, was the target of a cyberattack.

The Horry County IT/GIS Department took immediate, proactive steps to prevent any further threat to our systems. At this time, we have no reason to believe that any of our systems were compromised. We will be working closely together with Tyler Technologies as they learn more about the attack to ensure that our information remains secure.

Read more from Tyler Technologies here: https://www.tylertech.com/.

We will continue to provide updates as we receive additional information.



Upcoming Meetings September 21-25, 2020

Upcoming Meetings September 21-25, 2020

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, September 22, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

Keep Horry County Beautiful

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

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

Administration Committee

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

Stormwater Advisory Committee

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 4:30 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, September 24, 2020, 3 p.m.

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



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