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Upcoming Meetings for December 14-18, 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.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, December 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

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, 20201.

Museum: The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed December 24-26, 2020.

Horry County Seeking Public Input on Beach Management Plan

Horry County is seeking public input on an update to the Horry County Beach Management Plan. The South Carolina Beachfront Management Act (S.C. 48-39-250 et seq) requires that oceanfront counties and municipalities prepare local comprehensive beach management plans in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to ensure that public beaches are holistically maintained. These plans must address beach erosion and beach preservation, public beach access and parking, beachfront development and land use, drainage, habitat and wildlife, and post-disaster planning. By having a current local beach management plan, Horry County will remain eligible to receive beach renourishment funding assistance from the State. 

Horry County Government is responsible for maintaining the beaches located in the unincorporated areas of the County, including Garden City, beaches north of the Surfside Beach to the Myrtle Beach city limits, and Arcadian Shores. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through January 31, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you are interested in learning more about the role of beach management plans or reading the plans of other communities, including the adopted plans for area cities, please visit SCDHEC-OCRM’s website.

Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide input and ensure that the plan reflects the desires of the community. Questions about the survey or the development of the plan may be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email. If you wish to receive updates on the progress of the plan, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end. 

 

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.

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 week of December 7, 2020, or the week of December 14, 2020. 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.

 

 



Upcoming Meetings for December 7-11, 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, December 8, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

The December 8th 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, December 8, 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 December 8th include:

Ordinances to approve the request to amend the official zoning maps:

Ord 112-2020 Venture Engineering, agent for Natalie Ruperto Rogers

Ord 113-2020 Janice Stevens

Ord 114-2020 Christopher Holmes

Ord 115-2020 Roger Preston & Trina Kirven

Ord 116-2020 Mary Ann Dorio, agent for Equity Trust Co.

Ord 117-2020  Beverly Homes, agent for David Norris

Ord 118-2020  Phillip & Heather Geoghan

Ord 119-2020  Sam Ward, agent for Shelva Jean Lambert Ward

Ordinance 109-2020 to amend the public hearing noticing requirements for the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan.

Ordinance 110-2020 approving & authorizing the county administrator to execute a lease agreement with the SC Dept of Natural Resources of county-owned office space at the old Aynor Fire Station.

Ordinance 120-2020 to authorize & approve an agreement for the development of a joint industrial and business park by and between Horry County and Marion County with property located in Horry County; to require the payment of a fee in lieu of ad valorem taxes by businesses and industries located in the park; to apply zoning and other laws in the park; to provide for law enforcement jurisdiction in the park, and to provide for the distribution of park revenues within the county.

 

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).

 

Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

 

Horry County Legislative Delegations Seeking Applicants for Boards

The Horry County Legislative Delegation is currently seeking applicants for the following board that has vacancy:

  • Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority

Individuals interested in serving should call the Horry County Legislative Delegation office at (843) 915-5130 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or contact them by email. The deadline for receiving applications is December 11, 2020.

 

Horry County Seeking Public Input on Beach Management Plan

Horry County is seeking public input on an update to the Horry County Beach Management Plan. The South Carolina Beachfront Management Act (S.C. 48-39-250 et seq) requires that oceanfront counties and municipalities prepare local comprehensive beach management plans in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to ensure that public beaches are holistically maintained. These plans must address beach erosion and beach preservation, public beach access and parking, beachfront development and land use, drainage, habitat and wildlife, and post-disaster planning. By having a current local beach management plan, Horry County will remain eligible to receive beach renourishment funding assistance from the State. 

Horry County Government is responsible for maintaining the beaches located in the unincorporated areas of the County, including Garden City, beaches north of the Surfside Beach to the Myrtle Beach city limits, and Arcadian Shores. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through January 31, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you are interested in learning more about the role of beach management plans or reading the plans of other communities, including the adopted plans for area cities, please visit SCDHEC-OCRM’s website.

Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide input and ensure that the plan reflects the desires of the community. Questions about the survey or the development of the plan may be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email. If you wish to receive updates on the progress of the plan, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end. 

 

As we prepare for our 2021 Race Series, we want to hear from you!

Whether you participated in one of our races previously or you hope to join us at an event in the future, share your thoughts with us by filling out our survey here.

 

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 resumed.



Upcoming Meetings for November 30- December 4, 2020

[Revision 1:The Planning Commission packet was revised to include missing pages and the Fall Budget Retreat was postponed until January 15, 2021.]

[Revision 2: Planning Commission agenda is revised.]

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

 

County Council Fall Budget Retreat-Postponed to Jan. 15, 2021.

Friday, December 4, 2020, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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Horry County Seeking Public Input on Beach Management Plan

Horry County is seeking public input on an update to the Horry County Beach Management Plan. The South Carolina Beachfront Management Act (S.C. 48-39-250 et seq) requires that oceanfront counties and municipalities prepare local comprehensive beach management plans in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to ensure that public beaches are holistically maintained. These plans must address beach erosion and beach preservation, public beach access and parking, beachfront development and land use, drainage, habitat and wildlife, and post-disaster planning. By having a current local beach management plan, Horry County will remain eligible to receive beach renourishment funding assistance from the State. 

Horry County Government is responsible for maintaining the beaches located in the unincorporated areas of the County, including Garden City, beaches north of the Surfside Beach to the Myrtle Beach city limits, and Arcadian Shores. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through January 31, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you are interested in learning more about the role of beach management plans or reading the plans of other communities, including the adopted plans for area cities, please visit SCDHEC-OCRM’s website.

Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide input and ensure that the plan reflects the desires of the community. Questions about the survey or the development of the plan may be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email. If you wish to receive updates on the progress of the plan, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end. 

As we prepare for our 2021 Race Series, we want to hear from you!

Whether you participated in one of our races previously or you hope to join us at an event in the future, share your thoughts with us by filling out our survey here.

 

 Memorial Dedication Planned for Victims of 1972 Military Aircraft Cras

The Horry County Council, along with the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a memorial dedication on December 5, 2020, to honor the victims of the 1972 military aircraft crash that occurred over the Bayboro area of Horry County.

A ceremony will be held at Berea Baptist Church located at 4287 Joyner Swamp Road in Aynor, South Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. and will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial headstone and a historical roadside marker near the crash site. 

The ceremony will include a procession for the families in attendance to the church with participation from Horry County public safety agencies including Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, and Horry County Fire Rescue.

The program includes local leaders, military participation from Pope Army Airfield, and community members that witnessed the event. This is an opportunity for family members of those who died and our entire community to recognize and honor the sacrifice made by these brave individuals.

For more information, please contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, by email or (843) 915-7892.

 

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 resumed October 30, 2020.



Upcoming Meetings for November 23-27, 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.

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

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

 

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. Additionally, all County libraries, the Horry County Museum, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed Saturday, November 28, 2020.

 

As we prepare for our 2021 Race Series, we want to hear from you!

Whether you participated in one of our races previously or you hope to join us at an event in the future, share your thoughts with us by filling out our survey here.

 

Join Horry County Parks and Recreation and the City of Myrtle Beach for the Grand Opening of the Splinter City Disc Golf Course on Wednesday, December 2 at 9 a.m. The course is located across from Warbird Park off Farrow Parkway. The address for the park is 3383 Splinter City Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577.

 

Memorial Dedication Planned for Victims of 1972 Military Aircraft Crash

The Horry County Council, along with the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a memorial dedication on December 5, 2020, to honor the victims of the 1972 military aircraft crash that occurred over the Bayboro area of Horry County.

A ceremony will be held at Berea Baptist Church located at 4287 Joyner Swamp Road in Aynor, South Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. and will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial headstone and a historical roadside marker near the crash site. More details on the ceremony will be made available in the near future.

Coordinators of the event would like to get in contact with anyone who has a personal connection to the incident. Please contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner by email or (843) 915-7892.

 

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 resumed October 30, 2020.

Whether you participated in one of our races previously or you hope to join us at an event in the future, share your thoughts with us by filling out our survey here.



Upcoming Meetings for November 16-20, 2020

Upcoming Meetings REVISED

[Revised to add agenda and packet for Welcome Back Committee]

 

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

Monday, November 16, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

 

Historic Preservation Commission

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

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

 

County Council

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

 

Board of Fee Appeals

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

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, November 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

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

 

Emergency Operations & Communications Center Groundbreaking Next Week

Horry County Government will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Emergency Operations and Communications Center on Thursday, November 19 at 2 p.m.

Join Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner and members of County Council to recognize the beginning of construction on this important facility.

Parking will be available at 1951 Industrial Park Rd, Conway, SC 29526. The site map is included below, including an alternate location in the event of inclement weather.

 

Memorial Dedication Planned for Victims of 1972 Military Aircraft Crash

The Horry County Council, along with the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a memorial dedication on December 5, 2020, to honor the victims of the 1972 military aircraft crash that occurred over the Bayboro area of Horry County.

A ceremony will be held at Berea Baptist Church located at 4287 Joyner Swamp Road in Aynor, South Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. and will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial headstone and a historical roadside marker near the crash site. More details on the ceremony will be made available in the near future.

Coordinators of the event would like to get in contact with anyone who has a personal connection to the incident. Please contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner by email or (843) 915-7892.

 

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 resumed October 30, 2020.



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