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On January 5, 2021
in County News
At tonight's Horry County Council meeting, Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner provided the following State of the County address.
At the start of each New Year it is my privilege to share the highlights of the year ahead with each of you.
But before we look forward, I want to acknowledge that this last year was a challenging one for our community. Our fight against COVID-19 continues and we know that we have work to do to support our local business community and our local economy. We here on this dais are united in that mission. I am optimistic about resolving the hospitality litigation with the City of Myrtle Beach and look forward to the continued partnership with all our local municipalities to achieve our goals this year and to do the best work for the citizens of Horry County.
You all know that public safety has been my priority since I became your Chairman. Together with the members of Council we have worked to increase service levels for our community and support our public safety personnel. That work will continue in 2021. We expect to find ways to improve our response times on emergency calls, increasing efficiencies wherever possible from the time a caller contacts 911 to the moment our first responders arrive on the scene. We will be looking at our recruitment efforts to continue to hire the best employees we can and at our retention efforts to keep our well trained and exceptional staff here working for you.
As we continue to face so many unprecedented challenges every day, we will continue to find ways to increase our capability to provide public safety services during times of crisis and to be able to maintain services to support our residents during disaster events. Construction on our new Emergency Operations and Communications Center is underway. All of our public safety departments including the Solicitor and Detention Center are working together with our IT/GIS department to secure a technology solution that will increase information sharing across departments and promote efficiency and accessibility.
This year we are working to upgrade and migrate our main website, with a focus on ease of use, transparency, and making more services available to you online. We are in the planning phase for the Central Coast complex, adding another precinct for Horry County Police Department and making other, critical services conveniently available. We will deploy new software for the Assessor’s office and select a new tax software for the Auditors’ and Treasurers’ offices. We remain committed to providing you with the best service possible.
The former Santee Cooper building will be finished for occupancy in 2021. The Rural Civic Center subcommittee is working diligently to identify an appropriate site for a facility that we believe will bring a real benefit to our residents and a wonderful amenity for visitors. We will also complete construction on the Longs Fire Station.
Horry County Department of Airports earned the G-B-A-C STAR Facility Accreditation Myrtle Beach International Airport. This accreditation is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities and is the new gold standard for cleanliness. MYR was the eighth airport in the world, and only airport in the Carolinas and Georgia, to achieve the accreditation. Despite a challenging year for travel, they remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of our passengers.
The Planning department is completing a major simplification of the zoning ordinance, removing hundreds of pages of text and streamlining processes. Parks and Recreation will install new ballfield lights at Michael Morris Graham and Green Sea Floyds.
Our RIDE III program continues with many major projects underway. In 2021 we anticipate the completion of the Carolina Forest Boulevard expansion. We also expect to pave an additional 25 miles of County roadways. We will resurface 27 miles of county-maintained roads.
We are undertaking a number of drainage improvements including upgrading seven bridges. Our Stormwater department expects to complete a major drainage improvement at Grier Crossing and to begin cleaning the lower portion of Simpson Creek.
We also remain committed to addressing flooding and flood damage in our area. The flood committee will be meeting to discuss the County’s flood resiliency plan, to search for solutions, and to build relationships with state and federal partners to address this crisis. We are working to identify, secure, and award funding for flood mitigation programs, including buy outs.
All of these efforts will take hard work by Council and significant planning from the departments involved, but I know that together we can achieve great things.
I want you, our community, to stay involved. Connect with us on social media, tune in on Tuesday nights, and keep in touch about the issues that matter to you.
Thank you for allowing me this time. I look forward to our bright future ahead.
On December 31, 2020
in Weekly Update
01.05.21-Please note the Planning Commission agenda has been revised.
01.06.21-Please note the Planning Commission packet has been revised. Additionally, a new meeting has been added.
01.06.21-Please note that the Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee agenda has been revised.
01.06.21-The incorrect agenda was uploaded for both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board. The correct agendas are attached.
Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.
The January 5th 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, January 5, 2021. 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 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 January 5th include:
Ordinance 122-2020 to adopt the Horry County Preservation Plan as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, Imagine 2040.
Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee-Revised
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach International Airport To Host Online Public Meeting
The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) has been working on a Master Plan Update that will guide development over the next 20 years. Please access the Online Public Meeting via the Airport’s website and provide your input or questions by January 15, 2021.
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.
Circuit Court jury trials have been suspended after December 4, 2020. Jurors summonsed by the Horry County Clerk of Court for jury trials do not need to report for the remainder of December 2020 and for January 2021. Contact the Horry County Clerk of Court at (843) 915-5080 for questions or concerns.
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. For the purposes of social distancing, those that must attend court are encouraged to do so individually.
Preliminary hearings have resumed.
On December 30, 2020
in County News
Just extended: Conway National Bank will now be accepting tax payments at their drive-thrus through January 8, 2021.
CNB can only accept payments by check, for the exact amount due, and accompanied by the payment stub from the Treasurer’s invoice. Payments by cash or credit card will need to be transacted at the Treasurer’s Offices. Payments submitted to CNB will be on a drop off basis. Receipts will be mailed from the Treasurer’s office once payments are processed. The receipt will reflect the date the payment was dropped off. We ask citizens to use these locations in order to allow Treasurer locations to focus on the issuance of decals for vehicle payments. We are extremely grateful to Conway National Bank for assisting our citizens during this time.
Conway National Bank will be accepting tax payments at their drive-thrus through January 8, 2021.
On December 29, 2020
in Weekly Update
Revision 12/29/20: The December 30, 2020, swearing-in ceremony is open to the public.
County Council Swearing-In Ceremony
Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 2 p.m.
New Year's Day Holiday
Friday, January 1, 2021
All County offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.
NOTE: There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 21-25, 2020. Horry County Government will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020, Friday, December 25, 2020, and Monday, December 28, 2020, in observance of Christmas.
Library & Museum Holiday Hours
In addition to December 24, 2020, December 25, 2020, and December 28, 2020, the Horry County Memorial Library branches, Horry County Museum, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed the following:
Library: All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library System will close at 5 p.m. for the week of December 14-18, 2020, December 21-23, and December 29-31, 2020. Additionally, all branches will be closed December 24-28, 2020, and January 1-2, 2021.
Due to increased cases of COVID-19 and potential exposures, the Bucksport Library branch located at 7657 Highway 701 South in Conway will be closed the remainder of this week and next, with an anticipated reopening on Monday, January 4. The other library branches are open and operating on the normal holiday schedule. Curbside pickup is available at those branches and strongly encouraged. Click here for the list of other locations and contact information for the other branches.
Museum: The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed December 24-26, 2020.
Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update
On December 28, 2020
in County News
Due to increased cases of COVID-19 and potential exposures, the Horry County Treasurer’s Little River location will offer drive-thru only service. The Conway, Myrtle Beach, and South Strand will remain open and operating on normal schedule at this time. With increased traffic and impacts to staffing due to COVID-19, please expect additional wait time at our facility. We ask everyone to be patient and drive courteously.
As a reminder, Conway National Bank will be accepting tax payments through their drive-thrus December 21- December 31, 2020. This includes availability during County office holiday closures on December 24 (Christmas Eve) until 2 p.m. and regular operating hours on December 28. People paying taxes are encouraged to take advantage of these additional locations. CNB can only accept payments by check, for the exact amount due, and accompanied by the payment stub from the Treasurer’s invoice. Payments by cash or credit card will need to be transacted at the Treasurer’s Offices. More information is available here: https://www.horrycounty.org/News/PostId/1522/conway-national-bank-accepting-tax-payments-at-drive-thrus. Many tax payment transactions can also be handled online at https://www.horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments.
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