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Upcoming Meetings for May 3-7, 2021

Upcoming Meetings-Revised

[Revised 05.05.21-Planning Commission agenda was revised.]

 

Parks & Open Space Board

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 12 p.m.

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County Council

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6 p.m.

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The May 4th Council Meeting will take place in person. It will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, the Horry County Government Facebook page, as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative channel 14). 

 

PUBLIC INPUT NOTICE:

The Public Input portion of the council agenda has been re-established. This is the time reserved at the start of the meeting that the public can present concerns or issues that are not covered by items on the agenda. Speakers must sign up before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 4th, by contacting Pat Hartley at (843) 915-5120 and providing the name of the speaker, telephone number, and the topic on which he/she wishes to speak.

 

SEATING LIMITATION NOTICE:

As Horry County Government continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19, social separation protocols are in place in Council Chambers. There is very limited seating. In the event that seating is closed due to reaching maximum capacity, members of the public can view the meeting via live stream television from adjacent rooms.

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Planning Commission

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

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Horry County Government now has a dedicated Roku and Apple TV channel, in addition to our Local Government Access Channel and social media platforms. These channels will feature content ranging from interviews with county leaders, updates on county projects, and behind-the-scenes tours of our various facilities. We will also stream meetings, including Horry County Council meetings to this platform. 

Beginning May 4, 2021, we will also be live streaming all of our Horry County Council and Horry County Council Committee meetings on Facebook. 

Be sure to tune in and stay up-to-date on our Roku App, Apple Smart TV Channel, Government Access Channel, social media platforms, or on the web at horrycounty.org.

 

Horry County Receives Budget Award 

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award has been bestowed on Horry County by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its FY2021 (June 30, 2020, through July 1, 2021). The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental budgeting, and the attainment of the award represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Horry County’s budget documents were rated proficient in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories. This is the 32nd consecutive year that Horry County has received this award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to Melanie Freeman-Gruber, Budget Manager. 

Horry County’s Financial Year 2021 budget can be view here.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 20,500 government finance professionals.

 

There will be a Community Meeting to discuss the proposed Development Agreement, Ordinance 17-2021 (also referred to as Rezoning Request #2020-10-003), and Ordinance 16-2021 ( also referred to as Future Land Use Amendment PC 2020-5) on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 6 p.m. at the Carolina Forest Recreational Center located at 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd in Myrtle Beach. For more information, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department at (843) 915-5340.

The request is to approve the rezoning, future land use amendment, and Development Agreement for PIN# 396-00-00-0001 approximately 353.62 acres from General Residential (GR) to Inpatient Medical Services (ME1) to create a medical campus.

**TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, SEATING MAY BE LIMITED**

 

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 Historic Preservation Awards 2019

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation (BAR) will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The guest speaker will be Michael Bedenbaugh, the Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina, whose talk will be; “The Importance of Saving Historic Places”.

The ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year. All properties that were designated as historic between May 2018 and April 2019 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor. Also being recognized:

  • Jody Nyers, a former BAR chairman and for her continuing historic preservation activities;
  • David Wilson, a former BAR member and for years of historic preservation activities;
  • Catherine Heniford Lewis, posthumous for her book, Horry County, South Carolina 1730-1993;
  • Barbara Stokes for her book, Myrtle Beach: A History from 1900 - 1980;
  • Surfside Beach Historical Society for their work involving the Ark Plantation;
  • Restoration of the Shine CafĂ©;
  • Restoration of the Waikiki Motel;
  • The Market Common Military Tour;
  • Winners of the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest;
  • Businesses that have been honored by the Legacy Business Recognition Program and;
  • Agritourism businesses that have received approved permits.

For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, for Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 843-915-5340.



Horry County Historic Preservation Awards

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 15, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The awards ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year.  Our guest speaker will be David Douglas a former member of the board and an award recipient this year for all his rehabilitation work within the County.  All properties that were designated as historic between May 2017 and April 2018 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor.  Also being recognized:

  • Jack Walker for years of historic preservation activities in Myrtle Beach.
  • Diane Moscow McKenzie for years of historic preservation activities in Myrtle Beach.
  • Dino Thompson for years of historic preservation activities in Horry County.
  • Students for their participation in the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest.
  • Businesses that have been honored by the Legacy Business Recognition Program.
  • Agritourism businesses that have received approved permits.

For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 915-5340.



Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County announced the winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards, and a winner from each of the three divisions was chosen.

Administration

Alton Driggers, Supervisor, for Business License/Hospitality; Karen Polhemus, Supervisor, for Business License/Hospitality; Tori Bell, Revenue Collector, for Business License/Hospitality; Grayson Edge, Information Technology; Mike Bentley, Information Technology and John Bodner, Project Manager, Information Technology all won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for their successful implementation of the Munis Citizen Self-Service application and for the completion of the first On-Line Return Filings & Payments application. This added functionality delivers the potential to dramatically evolve the operation of hospitality collections from manual filings and entry to an operation more focused on compliance, auditing and revenue enhancement. The team processes approximately $50 million in revenue annually. Just a 1% increase in revenue due to greater compliance would generate $500,000 in additional revenue annually.

Public Safety

Ashley Carroll, Deputy Director of the Horry County Emergency Management Department, won for her work on the CRS Flood Insurance rating that Horry County received May 1, 2017. The rating establishes the discount a property owner carrying a National Flood Insurance Program policy may receive upon renewal. Horry County’s previous rating of nine saved policy holders approximately $350,000 per year on flood insurance rates. Through Ashley’s diligence and hard work, Horry County was able to move from a rating of nine to a rating of seven which is a significant advancement under the CRS rating program. This move equates to an additional savings of over $850,000 annually. 

Infrastructure & Regulation

Dave Fuss, Watershed Planner for Horry County Stormwater, won for his work coordinating with the United States Department of Agriculture on the Emergency Watershed Protection Grant (EWP) which was necessitated from Hurricane Matthew. Even though he had other duties, Dave’s diligence and willingness to go above and beyond resulted in three watersheds being funded for repair through the USDA grant. Dave persisted and was able to find additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the remaining repairs. His hard work allowed the watersheds to receive the needed repairs and saved the county thousands of tax payer dollars. 

These three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a certificate of achievement and are eligible to win the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000.

Other outstanding nominees were:

  • Robert Freeman, Parks & Recreation
  • Shawn Williams, Public Works
  • Luciann Kinnally, Library
  • Melinda York, Assessor
  • Pam Cooper, E911
  • James Green, Police
  • Michael Henry, Fire Rescue
  • Ben Lawson, Fire Rescue
  • Harold Rohrback, Police
  • John West, Sheriff’s Office

The Employee Quarterly Award Program focuses on an act or performance accomplished by an employee that is significant or of great value to the department or county organization as a whole and is beyond normal expectations of the employee. Considerations are also given to customer service, cost/time savings, recognized increased efficiency, and/or effectiveness, or revenue generated funds.



Horry County Historic Preservation Awards

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The awards ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year. In addition, a presentation will be given on the South Carolina Century Farm program. All properties that were designated as historic between May 2016 and April 2017 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor.  Also being recognized:

  • O’Neal Smalls with Freewoods Farms for the education and preservation of the activities and practices of African-American farms.
  • Surfside Beach Historical Society for telling the story of the Ark Plantation through Surfside Living History Day.
  • Hillary Howard for years of historic preservation activities in Conway.
  • Tommy Simpson for the renovation of an iconic Conway mural.
  • Graham Brothers Farm Supply for the preservation of their historic feed mill.
  • Sallie and William Goldfinch for the rehabilitation of their historic home.
  • Tammi and Alex Hyman for the rehabilitation of their historic home.
  • Students for their participation in the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest.
  • Businesses that have been honored by the Legacy Business Recognition Program.
  • Agritourism businesses that have received approved permits.

For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner, in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 915-5340.



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