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On March 26, 2021
in Weekly Update
The following meetings will meet in person with all COVID19 precautions in place. Citizens who wish to attend meetings in person will be encouraged to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be made available to you.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 2 p.m.
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Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday Holiday
Friday, April 2, 2021
All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of Good Friday.
Carolina Forest Boulevard Widening Project: Lane Shift
Southern Asphalt will install a lane shift on Carolina Forest Boulevard at the River Oaks Drive intersection March 26, 2021, through Thursday, April 1, 2021, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (excluding weekends). Motorists traveling eastward on Carolina Forest should use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.
Lewis Ocean Bay Controlled Burn Planned
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) intends to perform controlled burns in the vicinity of International Drive on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, through Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Prescribed burns are set intentionally for purposes of forest management and to prevent uncontrolled forest fires. The controlled burn will reduce the accumulation of flammable fuels on the forest floor in accordance with SCDNR’s planned land management objectives.
This controlled burn will require a temporary road closure of International Drive, from SC Highway 90 to Ocean Bay Elementary School, for all traffic. Road closures are expected to begin Tuesday, March 30th at 9:30 am. and reopen Wednesday, March 31st as conditions allow. Law Enforcement will enforce the road closure. Access to the Horry County Solid Waste Recycling Facility will remain open but only from SC Highway 90.
This schedule is subject to change and is based upon the most current weather forecast. Please plan your travel accordingly. Alternate routes include US Highway 501 and SC Highway 22.
Horry County Discovery Trail Installation and Keep Horry County Beautiful Recognition Event
The Horry County Parks & Open Space Board, Horry County Parks & Recreation, Horry County Planning & Zoning, and Keep Horry County Beautiful will hold a Discovery Trail Installation and Keep Horry County Beautiful Recognition Event at the South Strand Recreation Center located at 9650 Scipio Lane, in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Horry County is seeking volunteers to assist with planting gardens and trees, spread mulch, paint sidewalk murals, and install signage along the trail. All materials and supplies will be provided. This is also a recognition event to celebrate the Keep Horry County Beautiful volunteers, adoption groups, and partners who graciously assist with reducing litter in our County.
The Discovery Trail installation is partially made possible through a South Carolina Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant that contributed $85,000 towards trail improvements at the South Strand Recreation Center. Additional landscaping items (plants, mulch, etc…) will be added thanks to funding from Keep Horry County Beautiful and the Parks and Open Space Board. The event is free and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance by visiting our website. Questions about this event or the progress of trail installation at the South Strand Recreation Center can be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-7894 or by email.
Horry County Seeking Public Input on Sandridge Community Park
Horry County, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), is seeking public input to help reduce impacts to the Sandridge Community Park from the RIDE III -- Conway Perimeter Road Phase II (El Bethel Road Extension) project and inform future potential amenities.
The Conway Perimeter Road Phase II project, part of the Ride III Program, will impact the Sandridge Community Park by traversing the southern-most portion of the park. Impacts from the proposed road extension include the basketball courts, playground, and one picnic shelter. Community input is needed to help mitigate these impacts and plan for their replacement with desired amenities. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10-minutes to complete. The survey will be available through April 16, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government & Justice Center at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.
Horry County is continuing to plan for our future. Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide your input and ensure that the Sandridge Community Park improvements reflect the desires of the community.
Any questions about the survey or future potential park improvements can be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning Senior Planner, Ashley Cowen, at (843) 915-7894 or by email.
If you wish to receive updates on the progress of park improvements, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end.
Questions regarding the Ride III program can be directed to the Horry County Ride Program Manager Jason Thompson, PE, at (843) 915-5160 or by email.
Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update
Following the guidance of state and federal agencies, Horry County continues to allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:
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 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 Henry McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.
Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Court will begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, Monday, March 15, 2021, (including in-person Grand Jury proceedings). Circuit Court will resume holding jury trials on Monday, April 5, 2021.
All Summary Courts (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrates', Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) may begin holding in-person proceedings starting March 15, 2021. Central Traffic Court will begin holding in-person hearings on April 5, 2021.
On December 11, 2020
in Weekly Update
Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.
Zoning Board of Appeals
Monday, December 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
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NOTE: There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 21-25, 2020. Horry County Government will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020, Friday, December 25, 2020, and Monday, December 28, 2020, in observance of Christmas.
Library & Museum Holiday Hours
In addition to December 24, 2020, December 25, 2020, and December 28, 2020, the Horry County Memorial Library branches, Horry County Museum, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed the following:
Library: All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library System will close at 5 p.m. for the week of December 14-18, 2020, December 21-23, and December 29-31, 2020. Additionally, all branches will be closed December 24-28, 2020, and January 1-2, 20201.
Museum: The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed December 24-26, 2020.
Horry County Seeking Public Input on Beach Management Plan
Horry County is seeking public input on an update to the Horry County Beach Management Plan. The South Carolina Beachfront Management Act (S.C. 48-39-250 et seq) requires that oceanfront counties and municipalities prepare local comprehensive beach management plans in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to ensure that public beaches are holistically maintained. These plans must address beach erosion and beach preservation, public beach access and parking, beachfront development and land use, drainage, habitat and wildlife, and post-disaster planning. By having a current local beach management plan, Horry County will remain eligible to receive beach renourishment funding assistance from the State.
Horry County Government is responsible for maintaining the beaches located in the unincorporated areas of the County, including Garden City, beaches north of the Surfside Beach to the Myrtle Beach city limits, and Arcadian Shores. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through January 31, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you are interested in learning more about the role of beach management plans or reading the plans of other communities, including the adopted plans for area cities, please visit SCDHEC-OCRM’s website.
Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide input and ensure that the plan reflects the desires of the community. Questions about the survey or the development of the plan may be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email. If you wish to receive updates on the progress of the plan, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end.
Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update
Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:
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.
Circuit Court jury trials have been suspended after December 4, 2020. Jurors summonsed by the Horry County Clerk of Court for jury trials do not need to report for the week of December 7, 2020, or the week of December 14, 2020. Contact the Horry County Clerk of Court at (843) 915-5080 for questions or concerns.
All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.
Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty. For the purposes of social distancing, those that must attend court are encouraged to do so individually.
Preliminary hearings have resumed.
On December 4, 2020
in Weekly Update
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 6 p.m.
The December 8th 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
Public Comment will be taken ONLY on items scheduled for a public hearing. See list below.
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, December 8, 2020. You will receive a call during the meeting and patched into the meeting when the item on which you wish to speak comes up on the agenda. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, email@example.com. The Public Input segment that is held at the beginning of each meeting remains suspended until further notice.
Public Hearings that are scheduled for December 8th include:
Ordinances to approve the request to amend the official zoning maps:
Ord 112-2020 Venture Engineering, agent for Natalie Ruperto Rogers
Ord 113-2020 Janice Stevens
Ord 114-2020 Christopher Holmes
Ord 115-2020 Roger Preston & Trina Kirven
Ord 116-2020 Mary Ann Dorio, agent for Equity Trust Co.
Ord 117-2020 Beverly Homes, agent for David Norris
Ord 118-2020 Phillip & Heather Geoghan
Ord 119-2020 Sam Ward, agent for Shelva Jean Lambert Ward
Ordinance 109-2020 to amend the public hearing noticing requirements for the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan.
Ordinance 110-2020 approving & authorizing the county administrator to execute a lease agreement with the SC Dept of Natural Resources of county-owned office space at the old Aynor Fire Station.
Ordinance 120-2020 to authorize & approve an agreement for the development of a joint industrial and business park by and between Horry County and Marion County with property located in Horry County; to require the payment of a fee in lieu of ad valorem taxes by businesses and industries located in the park; to apply zoning and other laws in the park; to provide for law enforcement jurisdiction in the park, and to provide for the distribution of park revenues within the county.
The following 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).
Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 9 a.m.
Horry County Legislative Delegations Seeking Applicants for Boards
The Horry County Legislative Delegation is currently seeking applicants for the following board that has vacancy:
Individuals interested in serving should call the Horry County Legislative Delegation office at (843) 915-5130 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or contact them by email. The deadline for receiving applications is December 11, 2020.
As we prepare for our 2021 Race Series, we want to hear from you!
Whether you participated in one of our races previously or you hope to join us at an event in the future, share your thoughts with us by filling out our survey here.
Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.
Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.
On November 25, 2020
in Weekly Update
[Revision 1:The Planning Commission packet was revised to include missing pages and the Fall Budget Retreat was postponed until January 15, 2021.]
[Revision 2: Planning Commission agenda is revised.]
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 2 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
County Council Fall Budget Retreat-Postponed to Jan. 15, 2021.
Friday, December 4, 2020, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Memorial Dedication Planned for Victims of 1972 Military Aircraft Cras
The Horry County Council, along with the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a memorial dedication on December 5, 2020, to honor the victims of the 1972 military aircraft crash that occurred over the Bayboro area of Horry County.
A ceremony will be held at Berea Baptist Church located at 4287 Joyner Swamp Road in Aynor, South Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. and will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial headstone and a historical roadside marker near the crash site.
The ceremony will include a procession for the families in attendance to the church with participation from Horry County public safety agencies including Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, and Horry County Fire Rescue.
The program includes local leaders, military participation from Pope Army Airfield, and community members that witnessed the event. This is an opportunity for family members of those who died and our entire community to recognize and honor the sacrifice made by these brave individuals.
For more information, please contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, by email or (843) 915-7892.
Preliminary hearings resumed October 30, 2020.
On November 20, 2020
in Weekly Update
Keep Horry County Beautiful
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. Additionally, all County libraries, the Horry County Museum, and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed Saturday, November 28, 2020.
Join Horry County Parks and Recreation and the City of Myrtle Beach for the Grand Opening of the Splinter City Disc Golf Course on Wednesday, December 2 at 9 a.m. The course is located across from Warbird Park off Farrow Parkway. The address for the park is 3383 Splinter City Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577.
Memorial Dedication Planned for Victims of 1972 Military Aircraft Crash
A ceremony will be held at Berea Baptist Church located at 4287 Joyner Swamp Road in Aynor, South Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. and will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial headstone and a historical roadside marker near the crash site. More details on the ceremony will be made available in the near future.
Coordinators of the event would like to get in contact with anyone who has a personal connection to the incident. Please contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner by email or (843) 915-7892.
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