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Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of February 7, 2022

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 10 a.m.

Forfeited Land Commission

Click here for the agenda.

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 12 noon

Parks & Open Space Board

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Please note, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Horry County, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and social distancing protocols will be in place.

To see all of our upcoming meetings, visit the Horry County Calendar.

COVID-19 Operations Update

Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged to wear a mask 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.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. Many transactions and other requests can be handled online. We understand that there are certain transactions that must take place and are not available online. We encourage people to call departments directly for information and coordination prior to visiting a Horry County Government facility.

The M.L. Brown Public Safety Building, Police Precincts, and Fire Stations will be accepting visitors by appointment and on a space available basis. Please call prior to your visit.

As conditions continue to change, additional changes to service may be necessary. For that reason, we encourage everyone to be in touch with the offices they need by phone prior to visiting our facilities for the latest information.

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

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.

Find more about Horry County meetings and events on our website.



Partnering to Secure Grant Funding for Stormwater Projects in Horry County

After receiving a grant from SCDHEC in 2019, Horry County initiated a Socastee Creek Watershed Flood Risk and Mitigation Strategies Study with the goal of performing an updated assessment of flood hazards and risk and evaluating potential improvements and actions to mitigate flood risks.

One of the projects recommended by that study was flood benching on Socastee Creek. The proposed floodplain benching involves lowering the channel banks and adjacent overbanks to create a “bench” to provide additional area for flood waters to flow. Floodplain benching increases the flood carrying capacity of a channel corridor while still largely retaining the existing channel to carry base and smaller event flows. Based on the data gathered from the mitigation study, we anticipate this project will help mitigate future flooding in the Socastee and Forestbrook areas of Horry County.

Working together with our state partners, like Representative Heather Crawford, the County was able to secure funding from the state to move forward with the Socastee Creek flood benching project. County Councilmember Cam Crawford and Representative Heather Crawford stopped by today to present staff with the check.

Now that the project is fully funded, we anticipate work will begin in the near future. As more details are available, we will share them with you here. 



Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of January 31, 2022

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6 p.m.

County Council Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Vereen Memorial Gardens Committee

Click here for the agenda.

Please note, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Horry County, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and social distancing protocols will be in place. Overflow viewing areas will be made available to accommodate additional attendees. If you are unwell, we would ask that you do not attend, and consider viewing the meeting on our website or Government Access Television Channel.

These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Horry County Community Development: Calls for Proposals

Horry County Community Development Block Grant: Public Services

The Horry County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application period for funding of public services for 2022-2023 is now open. Up to $150,000 in CDBG funding in aggregate will be made available for eligible public service projects. The application and more information is available at https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/CDBG.

The deadline for submission of CDBG public service applications is February 24, 2022, at 5 PM.

A virtual workshop will be held February 11, 2022 at 10 a.m. for organizations interested in submitting an application. A link to the virtual session will be posted on the Community Development website prior to the workshop.

Horry County Community Development Emergency Solutions Grant

The Horry County Community Development Emergency Solutions Grant funding application for 2022-2023 is now open. Approximately $175,000 in ESG funding will be made available for eligible projects. The application and more information is available at https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/CDBG.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2022, at 5 PM.

A virtual workshop will be held February 11, 2022 at 10 a.m. for organizations interested in submitting an application. A link to the virtual session will be posted on the Community Development website prior to the workshop. 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Update: Funds Available for Eligible Applicants

Horry County continues to partner with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to provide rental assistance to residents struggling to pay their rent due to the continued economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is available to anyone living in Horry County, not just those residents that live in unincorporated areas. 

Applications for assistance are available via an online application system accessible from ECHO’s website at www.echousing.org. Interested applicants who do not have computer access can call the ECHO Access Point ERAP line at (843) 492-2600 to complete an application over the telephone.

Eligible expenses include up to 12 months of unpaid rent and reasonable late fees, and unpaid utility expenses, including internet. All applicants will be screened for eligibility and will be asked to provide documentation including: proof that one or more adults in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Operations Update

Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged to wear a mask 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.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. Many transactions and other requests can be handled online. We understand that there are certain transactions that must take place and are not available online. We encourage people to call departments directly for information and coordination prior to visiting a Horry County Government facility.

The M.L. Brown Public Safety Building, Police Precincts, and Fire Stations will be accepting visitors by appointment and on a space available basis. Please call prior to your visit.

As conditions continue to change, additional changes to service may be necessary. For that reason, we encourage everyone to be in touch with the offices they need by phone prior to visiting our facilities for the latest information.

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

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.



Winter Weather January 2022: Horry County Moves to OPCON 2; Emergency Operations Center to Close

Horry County has moved to OPCON 2 (Level 2 Operating Condition) meaning the county is operating in a heightened state of awareness to address the impacts from winter weather, but has seen improving conditions.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center will stand down at 10 a.m. today, January 22, 2022 as well.

The Horry County Road and Drainage hotline will also discontinue today at 11:30 a.m., reopening on Monday, January 24, 2022 for normal operations.

All Horry County Government facilities will remain closed and all programs will be canceled today, Saturday, January 22, 2022 through Sunday, January 23, 2022. This includes the Horry County Museum, L.W. Paul Living History Farm, Recreation and Community Centers and Libraries. Horry County public safety departments will continue to operate.

Horry County Government encourages everyone to be careful if traveling today, as well as tonight and tomorrow as refreezing may occur.



Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of January 24, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, January 24, 2022, 1 p.m.

Special Council Meeting (Virtual)

Click here for the agenda.

Monday, January 24, 2022, 2 p.m.

Administration Committee (Virtual)

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 11:30 a.m.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 3 p.m.

Planning Commission Workshop (Virtual)

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Please note, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Horry County, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and social distancing protocols will be in place. Overflow viewing areas will be made available to accommodate additional attendees. If you are unwell, we would ask that you do not attend, and consider viewing the meeting on our website or Government Access Television Channel.

These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

COVID-19 Operations Update

Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged to wear a mask 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.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. Many transactions and other requests can be handled online. We understand that there are certain transactions that must take place and are not available online. We encourage people to call departments directly for information and coordination prior to visiting a Horry County Government facility.

The M.L. Brown Public Safety Building, Police Precincts, and Fire Stations will be accepting visitors by appointment and on a space available basis. Please call prior to your visit.

As conditions continue to change, additional changes to service may be necessary. For that reason, we encourage everyone to be in touch with the offices they need by phone prior to visiting our facilities for the latest information.

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

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.



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