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Horry County Upcoming Meetings and Updates for the Week of September 6, 2021

On September 3, 2021 in County News

All County offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 6 p.m.

Horry County Council

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

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

Horry County Announces New Library Director

Horry County officials are pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Elvis-Weitzel as the new Director of Libraries for Horry County Memorial Library.

Elvis-Weitzel is a lifetime resident of Conway, beginning her library career in 2005 as a Youth Services Library Assistant at Conway Library and becoming the Youth Services Librarian soon after. She took the position of Branch Librarian in 2015 and was promoted to Assistant Director three years later. Prior to librarianship, Tracey taught in local elementary schools for ten years. 

Tracey holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science degree from Clarion University and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from USC-Coastal Carolina College. She has Professional Librarian Certification from the South Carolina State Library and is a member of both the South Carolina and American Library Associations. 

Elvis-Weitzel said, “I am thrilled to be named the new Director of Libraries and I am committed to helping Horry County Memorial Library anticipate and respond to the changing needs of the community by providing resources, services and spaces that help advance opportunity and education. My top priorities for the Library include initiatives with new and emerging technologies and improved user experience.”

Horry County Memorial Libraries includes ten branches and a bookmobile in locations around Horry County dedicated to informing, enriching, and empowering all persons in our community by creating and promoting free and easy access to a diverse array of available ideas and information.

Mosquito Spraying Planned for Wednesday, September 8, 2021

**Update, September 9: Due to weather conditions, the make up day for this spraying has been moved to Friday, September 10, 2021.**

Horry County will conduct mosquito spraying on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Specific areas identified for spraying are listed below and will also be available on the website:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Bucksport Area including Lucas Bay Road, Bucksport Road, Browns Chapel Avenue, Reba Road. 

Make up day will be Thursday, September 9, 2021

Aerial spraying will be conducted 30-minutes prior to sunset and 30-minutes after sunset, weather permitting. 

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies. You can submit the location of your hive online here.

In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in the unincorporated areas of Horry County (outside city limits) can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000 or by the online form.

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.

Byrd Road Crossline Upgrade 

Beginning Monday, August 30, a section of Byrd Road between Lanes Drive and Highway 65 will be closed to all traffic. During the closure, all Hwy 65 bound traffic along Byrd Road must use the Lanes Drive to Long Ave Ext. detour route. All Hwy 701 bound traffic along Byrd Road must use Hwy 65 to Long Ave Ext detour route.

This section of the roadway is anticipated to reopen on Thursday, September 8, 2021. The schedule may be impacted by inclement weather and will be adjusted accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Horry County Storm Water Department (843) 915-6958.

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.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

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.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.