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Boat Landing Closures

Due to high water levels along our waterways, some County boat landings have been closed. They will remain closed until water levels recede enough to reopen. The following landings are currently closed:

Billy Witherspoon Landing
Peachtree Landing
Socastee Yacht Basin
Rosewood Landing
Chris Anderson Landing
Old Reaves Ferry Landing
Danny Knight
Pitts Landing
Punch Bowl Landing
Yauhannah Landing
Big Bull Landing
Jordan Lake
Hughes Landing
Pitch Landing

In addition, some roadways are closed. You can find a list of County road closures at https://www.horrycounty.org/gis/roadClosures/.



Library Facilities will Reopen with ´╗┐Select Services & Hours

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, Horry County Libraries will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the following services:

Reserve a Computer

Call your library to reserve a public computer. Limit one hour per day, per customer.

Brief Browse

15 to 20 minute browse and check-out time for library materials. The number of people in the library at one time will be limited.

Contactless Curbside Pickup

Call your library and make an appointment to pick up your holds. Place holds on the Library website at hcml.org.

Library guests are required to wear a face covering and limit their visits to the times in the guidelines. The facilities are following the CDC’s recommendations for face covering, social distancing, hand washing and surface disinfecting. There will be no meetings or programs during this initial reopening phase. In addition, the library cannot accept book donations at this time.



Upcoming Meetings for April 20-24, 2020

All meetings 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).

Click to watch the video remotely.

County Council

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

The April 21st Council 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).

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT

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 noon on Monday, April 20, 2020. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by email. 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 has been suspended. It will be reactivated when the County can again accommodate the public in Council Chambers.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for April 21 include:

1. Second Reading and Public Hearing – Ordinance 16-2020 approving & authorizing the county administrator to sell an approximate 2-acre parcel of undeveloped property located within the Cool Springs Industrial Park. (Favorable, Administration Comm)

2. Second Reading and Public Hearing – Ordinance 17-2020 approving & authorizing the county administrator to sell an approximate 3.65-acre parcel of undeveloped property located within the Cool Springs Industrial Park. (Favorable, Administration Comm)

3. Second Reading and Public Hearing – Ordinance 23-2020 amending the FY 2020 budget ordinance so as to recognize various revenue & expenditure in the waste management recycling fund. (Favorable, Administration Comm)

Board of Architectural Review

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

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

For the Board of Architectural Review meeting, 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 items by noon on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. You can sign up by calling Nancy in the Planning & Zoning Office at (843) 915-7893 or by emailing tindalln@horrycounty.org.

Library Board

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

For the Library Board meeting, members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing items by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020. You can sign up by calling the Horry County Memorial Library Administration Office at (843) 915-5285.

 

COVID 19 Update

Horry County Government offices remain closed to the public for the week of April 20, 2020. This excludes all airports. Limited court functions will continue. In addition, all state offices in County facilities will remain open, as directed by the Governor. 

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. We understand that there are crucial transactions that must take place and are not available online. The public is asked to call those departments directly for information and coordination.

Court for Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court is canceled the week of April 20. Jurors should not report to the courthouse next week. 

Horry County Central Traffic Court is canceled indefinitely due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s Stay At Home Order. Notices regarding rescheduling will be mailed out when court resumes. The office staff is still available by phone (843-915-5070) for any further information.

The Horry County Emergency phone bank will close at 5 p.m. today and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020.

 



Horry County Government Offices Remain Closed to the Public Next Week

Horry County Government offices remain closed to the public for the week of March 23, 2020. This excludes all airports. Limited court functions will continue. In addition, all state offices in County facilities will remain open, as directed by the Governor. 

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. We understand that there are crucial transactions that must take place and are not available online. The public is asked to call those departments directly for information and coordination. 

Court for Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court is cancelled the week of March 23. Jurors should not report to the courthouse next week. 

The Horry County Emergency phone bank will close at 5:00 p.m. today and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. 



Register of Deeds Office to offer Limited Access for Research to the Public

As per the state of emergency declared March 14, 2020 by Horry County, Horry County closed its facilities to the public beginning March 18, 2020. As such, the Horry County Register of Deeds Department is closed to the public. The public will not be able to come inside the Register of Deeds Office. 

The Horry County Register of Deeds Office has made many of their files remotely accessible to real estate and legal professionals for a number of years. The Horry County ROD has some files that are not digitized and are only available in microfilm and hard copy formats. The ROD will begin offering limited physical access to the Horry County microfilm and digital land records and other files next week.

In response to public demand, and strictly for the purpose of ongoing business and commerce needs, Horry County will allow limited in-person access to public records and use of public equipment for researching property records beginning March 23, 2020. In keeping with the recommended federal guidelines for this recognized public health emergency, Horry County will allow up to 10 members of the public access to its digital and microfilm records on an appointment basis only for a period of no more than 2 hours at a time. There will be no access granted to the Horry County ROD offices. Microfilm records will be made available in a temporary facility that retain the required social distancing requirements for six researchers at a time. In addition, Horry County’s digital ROD files will be accessible on four computer terminals located in a separate existing Public Access room. Only four researchers will be allowed in this room at one time to again maintain social distancing for the safety of the participants.

Members of the public who need to access county facilities for these transactions can make an appointment by calling the Register of Deeds Office at (843) 915-5430 beginning at 9:00 am on Friday March 20, 2020. Reservations will only be accepted for one day at a time to insure fairness. Appointments will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited. In addition, the Horry County Clerk of Court has also agreed to allow public access for these research needs. The Probate Court will provide records electronically as requested. 

In addition, those members of the public that make an appointment and enter the facility will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging that they could be exposing themselves or others to a potentially lethal communicable disease and releasing the county from any liability that may result from the use of the facility during this public health emergency. Those with appointments should arrive at the Government and Justice Building 15 minutes prior to their appointment and bring a photo ID.

While the ROD and other county offices are closed to the public, the ROD staff will be at work and will be continuing to record documents. The ROD, with the office closed, has suspended walk in recording and walk in customer service. We will record via e-file, mail, or overnight packages. We will accommodate requests for plat copies via email or phone requests.  Staff will print copies, take funds from escrow accounts and place copies with receipt on table outside ROD door. Customer Service document requests will still be accepted as usual via mail requests.

Horry County continues to encourage members of the public to do business online where possible and to call those departments directly for information and coordination.



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