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Upcoming Meetings for July 6-10, 2020

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

 

Please Complete the Greater Grand Strand Promise

 

The Welcome Back Horry County Committee has launched its Greater Grand Strand is Open website and they are asking all Grand Strand/Horry County residents, businesses, and visitors to please take a minute and complete the Greater Grand Strand Promise.

Please visit https://www.greatergrandstrandisopen.com/ to submit the form and make the promise.

The same committee encourages you to share the Greater Grand Strand Promise campaign on your social own media accounts.

Below are links to all of the social media sites below for you to share.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGrandStrandisOpen/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/gspromise  

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/greatergrandstrandisopen/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-SfaDcNXgESSsJFM6i_Vrw

 

 

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 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 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.

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 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.

Preliminary hearings have been canceled until further notice.



Upcoming Meetings for June 29-July 3, 2020

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

Transportation & Economic Development Committee

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

Planning Commission

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

Independence Day Holiday

Friday, July 3, 2020

All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

 

Two Boat Landings to Temporarily Close for Maintenance

Depending on the weather, Horry County Parks & Recreation will close the Johnny Causey Landing and the T. Craig Campbell Landing on the evening of Sunday, June 28, 2020, for parking lot maintenance. The landings are expected to reopen late in the day on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Click here for a list of the other boat landings throughout Horry County.

 

Seven Week Virtual Flood Mitigation & Resiliency Reminder

Horry County Government will host a seven-week virtual seminar series on flood mitigation and resiliency beginning July 1, 2020, as a component of the flood resiliency plan. The virtual seminars will take place each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. from July 1 to August 12, 2020. A schedule of topics for discussion is available here and below.

The purpose of the seminars is to provide impacted community members with resources and an opportunity to ask questions about relevant programs and topics. The series will culminate with an update on the Horry County Resiliency Plan. A variety of County department leaders, as well as State and Federal agency representatives, plan to participate in the series.

Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “We think this series is a great way to get critical information to the communities impacted by flooding and to help connect them with local, state and federal programs that assist with disaster recovery and resiliency.”

The seminars will be broadcast live on the Horry County Government Facebook Page, Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14), and on the County website at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. The format for each session will include one or two presentations followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to submit questions. The question and answer session will be moderated. Each session is planned to last about an hour.

Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or emailing resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org. Users watching the seminar on the Horry County Government Facebook page can submit their questions in the comments section of the live video feed.

Information and updates will be available at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.

Please Complete the Greater Grand Strand Promise

The Welcome Back Horry County Committee has launched its Greater Grand Strand is Open website and they are asking all Grand Strand/Horry County residents, businesses and visitors to please take a minute and complete the Greater Grand Strand Promise.

Please visit https://www.greatergrandstrandisopen.com/ to submit the form and make the promise.

The same committee encourages you to share the Greater Grand Strand Promise campaign on your social own media accounts.

Below are links to all of the social media sites below for you to share.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGrandStrandisOpen/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/gspromise  

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/greatergrandstrandisopen/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-SfaDcNXgESSsJFM6i_Vrw

 

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 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 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.

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 is open as well as is the Central Jury County. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings have resumed and like Central Traffic Court, will be spaced out over the course of the day with all parties having a specific time to appear.



Horry County Announces Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Virtual Seminar Series

Horry County Government will host a seven week virtual seminar series on flood mitigation and resiliency beginning July 1, 2020 as a component of the flood resiliency plan. The virtual seminars will take place each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. from July 1 to August 12, 2020. A schedule of topics for discussion is available here.

The purpose of the seminars is to provide impacted community members with resources and an opportunity to ask questions about relevant programs and topics. The series will culminate with an update on the Horry County Resiliency Plan. A variety of County department leaders as well as State and Federal agency representatives plan to participate in the series.

Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “We think this series is a great way to get critical information to the communities impacted by flooding and to help connect them with local, state and federal programs that assist with disaster recovery and resiliency.”

The seminars will be broadcast live on the Horry County Government Facebook Page, Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14), and on the County website at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. The format for each session will include one or two presentations followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to submit questions. The question and answer session will be moderated. Each session is planned to last about an hour.

Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or emailing resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org. Users watching the seminar on the Horry County Government Facebook page can submit their questions in the comments section of the live video feed.

Information and updates will be available at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.



Horry County Resiliency Update and Informational Session with Congressman Rice

Congressman Rice to Host Informational Session on Floodwater Mitigation Modeling

Horry County staff have received a number of calls and emails related to the recent flooding and flood mitigation plans.  Congressman Rice is sponsoring an information session with the State Disaster Recovery Office in order to provide an update directly to interested residents.  

 

Horry County Government Resiliency Plan Update

Although no funding has yet been received for a buyout program by Horry County, the federal government has awarded $157 million in Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CBDG-MIT) funding to the state. Part of this funding will be allocated by the state for buyout programs to be developed at the local level. In preparation for this upcoming funding opportunity, and in order to quantify interest in a buyout program in repetitive flooding areas, Horry County began circulation of a buyout interest form in Spring 2020. As of June 10, the county has received 80 interest forms from Horry County residents related to the buyout program.  

The next step will be for the County to coordinate those areas that have significant interest to solidify an Area Buyout Plan and coordinate as many contiguous properties as possible. Contiguous properties are prioritized for buyout programs as the land can then be used to mitigate flooding for the remaining parcels.  In addition, the Horry County team is also working to schedule a series of virtual update sessions, so that the most current information will be available to you. We will continue to provide updates through this email list and at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us by email at resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org or call the Community Development Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 843-915-7033.

 

 



County Officials Release Buyout Program Interest Form

Horry County Officials released a buyout program interest form today for residents in areas impacted by flooding.

Horry County is currently seeking State and/or Federal grant funds to help residents become more resilient to flood events. Many applications require the County to identify and coordinate participation with residents living in unincorporated areas of Horry County before being able to apply for funding.

This interest form will help the County identify interested property owners and put together competitive applications for state and federal funding to support such a program, should those funding sources become available. At this time, the County has not instituted a buyout program or secured any funding for any similar program. The form currently being circulated only allows impacted residents to indicate their interest in these or similar programs.

´╗┐Impacted residents are encouraged to complete and submit the form below so the County can follow up with them in a timely manner if they and their property is eligible for State or Federal programs. If the County receives funds, residents will be asked to provide additional documentation and complete program specific applications and forms.

The County anticipates applying for grant funding this spring, with funds, if we are awarded any funds, becoming available as early as fall 2020. At the point the County is awarded funds for a buyout program, eligible residents can expect to begin an application process for the specific buyout programs that will come with eligibility criteria that could include household income, duplication of benefits, extent of damage, and location. If a property owner is accepted into a program, the average length of time to complete the program from the date of acceptance is six months to a year.  

Forms will be accepted through Friday, April 3, 2020. The form can be submitted electronically to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org and forms are available in person at the Community Development Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms can also be mailed to that address to the attention of Horry County Community Development.

The form is available for download at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.

For questions about how to complete the form, call 843-915-7033.

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