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Upcoming Meetings for June 1-5, 2020

Horry County Council and County Council Committees will resume in-person meetings beginning next week. Social distancing protocols will be enforced and seating will be limited. Overflow space will be set up to accommodate public viewing. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical. Public input for County Council and County Council Committee meetings remains suspended until further notice.

The meeting will also be broadcast, as usual, on the Government Access television channels and horrycounty.org website.

Click to watch the video remotely. 

County Council

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

The June 2nd 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

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, June 2, 2020. 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.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for June 2 include:

Requests to amend the official zoning maps: (rezonings)

  • Ord 47-2020 Design Resource Group
  • Ord 48-2020 Grand Strand Builders, agent for Hutchinson Steven Mark etal
  • Ord 49-2020 Linda Thompson Causey
  • Ord 50-2020 Tony Chestnut, agent for Charles Schumann, Trustee
  • Ord 51-2020 John Richards, agent for River Park Independent Living LLC
  • Ord 52-2020 Rachel Pitts, agent for David Fiaschetti
  • Ord 53-2020 Jay Cortez, agent for Jamie Garcia Hernandez

The Public Input segment that is held at the beginning of each meeting remains suspended until further notice.  

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Horry County Parks & Recreation To Resume Athletic Activities & Youth Programming

In line with the Governor’s directive, athletic fields will reopen for practice on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Competitive sports will be able to resume outdoor play on June 15, 2020. Horry County Parks and Recreation staff met with the leagues’ organizers to review the guidelines for Re-opening County, Municipal, and School Athletic Fields & Resuming Youth Sports Events developed by AccelerateSC and recommended by the Governor.

Horry County Parks and Recreation youth soccer leagues at South Strand Recreation Center, Carolina Forest Recreation Center, and Aynor area will begin practice the week of June 15, 2020. There are still spaces available in these programs.

Parks and Recreation will also resume summer camp programming for children ages 5 to 12 beginning Monday, June 8, 2020. In addition to enhanced sanitation protocols, camps will be limited to smaller capacities. In order to facilitate best practices for social distancing, campers will be placed into small cohorts that will rotate through the day’s activities. As of today, there are a limited number of spaces left for enrollment.

In addition, playgrounds are now open, but visitors are reminded to continue to follow SCDHEC and CDC guidance which includes frequent handwashing and proper social distancing.

Parks and Recreation centers will reopen for basketball, pickleball, and exercise classes on Saturday, June 13, 2020. In order to accommodate summer programming, the facilities will only be open for these activities on Saturdays through the summer months. Due to the reduction of operating hours at the Recreation Centers, staff is beginning to work through a refund process for pass holders. Every pass issued will be examined and a pro-rated refund will be issued based on how many months were remaining on each pass after February. Centers will transition to only having daily use and individual class fees until summer camp ends and normal operating hours resume. 

Facility rentals will also be available on Saturdays with occupancy limits to ensure proper social distancing. Picnic shelter rentals will resume on a normal schedule with social distancing requirements.

To enroll your child in a summer camp or sports league program, please visit https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/ParksAndRecreation or call (843) 915-5330.

 

Adventure is Calling! South Carolina State Park Passes Available for Loan at County Libraries

Horry County Memorial Library is now loaning South Carolina State Park Passes! Reserve one online with your library card or call any of our 10 locations. The State Park Pass provides unlimited entry to all South Carolina State Parks for everyone in the pass holder’s vehicle. 

One library cardholder per household can borrow a single pass for a period of two-weeks. Choose your own adventure by exploring all the library’s resources! Guidebooks are also available at your local library – explore all the best hiking, paddling, and camping in the great State of South Carolina!

To obtain a library card or for more information please visit any of our 10 locations, call 843-915-7323, or email HCML@horrycounty.org.

 

Reminders for the June 9th Primary Election

South Carolina will hold a Primary Election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Polls in Horry County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be utilizing enhanced safety protocols for voters and staff.

  • Voters are encouraged to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.
  • Poll workers will be protected by face shields, face masks, and gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Voters will use a cotton swab to vote on the ballot marking devices.
  • Many polling locations have changed due to COVID19. Voters are encouraged to visit scvotes.org to find their current polling location.

Interested voters can also vote in-person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Voter's Registration, Elections & CDBG complex located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, the Voter's Registration & Elections office will be open for in-person voting Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enhanced safety protocols will also be in place.

Those with absentee ballots may drop them off at the Voter's Registration, Elections, & CDBG complex until 7 p.m. on Election night using the drop-box to the right of the front doors.

For more information, contact Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Horry County Government's administrative, public safety, Living History Farm, Museum, and library facilities remain open to the public the week of June 1-5, 2020.

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with 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 during the initial re-opening phase 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.

Jury Court for Circuit Court is canceled the week of June 1st. Jurors called by the Horry County Clerk of Court are excused through the end of July.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court in Conway will reopen on June 8, 2020. The court is sending out notices to members of the public that need to appear requiring them to appear at a selected time to help manage the social distancing requirements.

Central Jury Court will reopen on June 8, 2020, however, the Court will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary Hearings will resume on June 19, 2020, and like Central Traffic Court hearings will be spaced out over the course of the entire day with all parties having a specific time to appear.



Upcoming Meetings for May 25-29, 2020

Horry County Council and County Council Committees will resume in-person meetings beginning next week. Social distancing protocols will be enforced and seating will be limited. Overflow space will be set up to accommodate public viewing. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical. Public input for County Council and County Council Committee meetings remains suspended until further notice.

The meeting will also be broadcast, as usual, on the Government Access television channels and horrycounty.org website.

Click to watch the video remotely. 

All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day.

Administration Committee

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

The following meetings will be conducted virtually (you can use the above link to watch the meeting on your computer).

Welcome Back Committee

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 3 p.m.

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

 

Horry County Government COVID 19 Operations Update

Horry County Government's administrative, public safety, and library facilities remain open to the public the week of May 25-29, 2020. The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2020, with enhanced safety protocols. Horry County recreation centers remain closed.

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with 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 will be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines will be in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be 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 during the initial re-opening phase 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.

Court for Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court is canceled the week of May 25th. Jurors should not report to the courthouse next week. 

Horry County Central Traffic Court is canceled indefinitely due to COVID-19. 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 Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

 

Library Facilities Reminder

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 urged 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 May 11-15, 2020

The following 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

 

Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, May 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

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, May 7, 2020. You can sign up by calling Nancy Tindall in the Planning & Zoning Office at 843-915-7893 or emailing tindalln@horrycounty.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each member of the Planning Commission at the same email, tindalln@horrycounty.org.

 

Emergency Meeting of County Council

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

County Council will be meeting for the purpose of discussing the County's ongoing response to COVID-19 and our current state of emergency.

 

Welcome Back Committee

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

 

The following meeting will be held in-person and will not be broadcast.

 

Voter's Registration & Election Commission

Friday, May 14, 2020, 10 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Horry County COVID19 Update

Horry County Government offices remain closed to the public for the week of May 11, 2020, excluding 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 May 11. Jurors should not report to the courthouse next week. 

Horry County Central Traffic Court is canceled indefinitely due to COVID-19 . 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, May 11, 2020.



Upcoming Meetings for May 4-8, 2020-Revised #2

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, May 5, 2020

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

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 Tuesday, May 5, 2020. 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.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for May 5 include:

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

  • Ord 29-2020 Chris Barnhill, agent for J2CK Investments LLC
  • Ord 30-2020 Paul & Judy Himmelsbach
  • Ord 31-2020 Dennis Allan, agent for Eureka Jordan
  • Ord 36-2020 Gerald Gore
  • Ord 37-2020 Spartina Land Surveying, agent for Hartland Properties LLC
  • Ord 38-2020 Earthworks Group, agent for WCH Properties II, LLC
  • Ord 18-2020 Venture Engineering, agent for KTAD Holdings LLC
  • Ord 39-2020 Steve Alger, agent for The Jackson Companies, Sayebrook PDD Amendment
  • Ord 40-2020 Earthworks Group, agent for MC & WKM LLC
  • Ord 41-2020 John Thomas, agent for James Paul Rowe
  • Ord 42-2020 DRG LLC, agent for Jane Edge
  • Ord 43-2020 Worldview Ministry International, dba North Strand Housing Shelter
  • Ord 24-2020 David Marlowe
  • Ord 44-2020 Mickey Wayne Howell

Ordinance 34-2020 to amend the FY 2020 budget ordinance so as to recognize various revenue and expenditures in the General, Fire, Beach Renourishment, and Capital Improvement Projects funds.

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.

 

Welcome Back Committee

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 10 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

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 Thursday, May 7, 2020. You can sign up by calling Nancy Tindall in the Planning & Zoning Office at 843-915-7893 or emailing tindalln@horrycounty.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each member of the Planning Commission at the same email, tindalln@horrycounty.org.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Update

Horry County Government offices remain closed to the public for the week of May 4, 2020, excluding 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 May 4. 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, May 11, 2020.



Business Personal Property Tax Deadline Extended-Reminder

Conway, South Carolina (April 30, 2020) – Due to the impacts of COVID-19 in our area, the deadline for business personal property taxes has been extended to June 1, 2020. At the request of Horry County Government, the South Carolina Department of Revenue granted this extension for taxpayers filing a tax year 2020 business personal property return with Horry County. 

Property subject to business personal property taxes include the furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned and used in business and accommodation type properties, not primary residence.

Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the e-file e-form PR-26 can call the Horry County Auditor’s Office Business Personal Property Division at (843) 915-5054.

E-filing form PR-26 is available here.



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