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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.



Employee of the Year Announced

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has announced the winner and two honorable mentions for the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award, which is in memory of Mr. Randy Faulk who received the very first Employee of the Year award in 2006. Mr. Faulk was sadly taken from our world less than three years later after a brave battle with cancer. Mr. Faulk worked in the Horry County Maintenance Department and was truly a role model for all county employees, demonstrating that every employee can make a difference. 

Horry County awarded Leigh Kane in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department with the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award. In 2015, Leigh assisted with the reassessment of the county’s Community Rating System (CRS) for the National Flood Insurance Program. She helped with the development and analysis of open space preservation and platting requirements, areas of the CRS that the county previously had not considered. Under the terms of CRS, credit is given for areas in a regulated floodplain that are permanently preserved as open space. Additional credit is given for open space that is deed restricted, low density zoning that protects the floodplain, long range strategies intended to decrease development in the floodplain, and platting requirements of the local jurisdiction. Leigh’s efforts produced a report that identified over 45 square miles of protected floodplain in Horry County, resulting in a significant amount of points added to the county CRS rating. Early estimates indicate a 2.5% decrease in flood insurance premiums for all county residents and businesses as a result of Leigh’s contributions to the CRS. As the Employee of the Year, Leigh received a plaque and a check for $1,000.

Two honorable mentions were highlighted for their contributions and were previously Employee of the Quarter winners. They were Jessica Ruggerio, a dispatch supervisor with Horry County E-911 Communications and Jason Aldridge, a heavy equipment mechanic for Horry County Public Works. They each received a check for $500.

The Employee 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.    

Right to left: County Administrator Chris Eldridge, County Planning & Zoning-2016 Employee of the Year award winner Leigh Kane and County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus

 

 

 



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