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Upcoming Meetings for March 15-19, 2021

Upcoming Meetings-Revised

[3.16.21-FLC meeting agenda revised, I&R Subcommittee agenda & packet added and release regarding bridge reopening added]

 

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.

 

Historic Preservation Committee

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

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

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County Council

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6 p.m.

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

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 hartleyp@horrycounty.org. 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.

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Forfeited Land Commission--Revised Agenda

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

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Board of Fee Appeals

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

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Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding

Friday, March 19, 2021, 10 a.m.

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

 

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.

 

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. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YB2FZ7Q 

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.

 

Horry County Government COVID 19 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:

  • 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 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.

 



Update Regarding Horry County Vaccination Program

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.



Horry County receives approval of one grant needed to fund flood buyout program

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. 



Upcoming Meetings for March 8-12, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

All of 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).

 

Parks & Open Space Board

Monday, March 8, 2021, 12 p.m.

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

This 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).

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Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, March 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

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

This 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).

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Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 9 a.m.

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

This 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).

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Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2 p.m.

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

This 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).

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Stormwater Advisory Committee

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

This 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).

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone. You must sign up in advance to speak at public hearing by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. You can sign up by calling Michelle Crocker at (843)915-6955 or by emailing crockerm@horrycounty.org

 

International Drive Road Closure for Controlled Burns Next Week

Conway, S.C. (March 5, 2021) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) intends to perform controlled burns in the vicinity of International Drive on Monday, March 8, 2021, through Friday, March 12, 2021. Prescribed burns are set intentionally for purposes of forest management and to prevent uncontrolled forest fires. The controlled burn will reduce the accumulation of flammable fuels on the forest floor in accordance with SCDNR’s planned land management objectives. 

This controlled burn will require a temporary road closure of International Drive, from SC Highway 90 to Ocean Bay Elementary School, for all traffic. Road closures are expected to begin Monday, March 8th at 10:00 am. There is a possibility that the road will remain closed beginning Monday morning and reopen Friday night. Law Enforcement will be enforcing the road closure. Access to the Horry County Solid Waste Recycling Facility will remain open but only from SC Highway 90.

This schedule is subject to change and is based upon the most current weather forecast. Please plan your travel accordingly. Alternate routes include US Highway 501 and SC Highway 22.

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 COVID 19 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.

Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Court will begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, on 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. 

 



International Drive Road Closure for Controlled Burns Next Week

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) intends to perform controlled burns in the vicinity of International Drive on Monday, March 8, 2021 through Friday, March 12, 2021. Prescribed burns are set intentionally for purposes of forest management and to prevent uncontrolled forest fires. The controlled burn will reduce the accumulation of flammable fuels on the forest floor in accordance with SCDNR’s planned land management objectives. 

This controlled burn will require a temporary road closure of International Drive, from SC Highway 90 to Ocean Bay Elementary School, for all traffic. Road closures are expected to begin Monday, March 8th at 10:00 am. There is a possibility that the road will remain closed beginning Monday morning and reopen Friday night. Law Enforcement will be enforcing the road closure. Access to the Horry County Solid Waste Recycling Facility will remain open but only from SC Highway 90.

This schedule is subject to change and is based upon the most current weather forecast. Please plan your travel accordingly. Alternate routes include: US Highway 501 and SC Highway 22.



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