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Upcoming Meetings for January 18-22, 2021

[01.15.21-Revised to include Hwy 17 bridge lane closures.]

Upcoming Meetings

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

 

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Holiday)

Monday, January 18, 2021

All Horry County offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

 

Board of Fee Appeals

Thursday, January 21, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

 

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).

 

County Council

Tuesday, January 19, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

 

The January 19th 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 FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS

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, January 19, 2021. 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 submit written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, hartleyp@horrycounty.org.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for January 19th Virtual Meeting include the following rezoning requests:

Ord 02-2021 Earthworks Group, agent for Timothy Savage

Ord 03-2021 Irish Farmer et al

Ord 04-2021 DRG, LLC, agent for John E. Taylor III

Ord 05-2021 Venture Engineering, agent for KTAD Holdings LLC

Ord 06-2021 Jean M. Davis et al

Ord 07-2021 G3 Engineering, agent for Leo Wallace

Ord 08-2021 Brian Johnson, agent for Martha Johnson et al Trustee

Ord 09-2021 Venture Engineering, agent for Black Bear Land Holding/Village at Black Bear

Ord 10-2021 Earthworks Group, agent for Lydia Edge Heirs et al

Ord 11-2021 Barry Colescott

 

Board of Assessment Appeals

Thursday, January 21, 2020, 4 p.m.

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

 

 

Lane Closures on the US 17 Intracoastal Waterway Bridge

Motorists may expect lane closures on the US 17 bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. Crews will be working on both sides of the waterway. On the coast side of the waterway, the second span from the water will be closed. On the inland side of the water, the span closest to the water will be also be closed. Depending on the weather, lane closures will continue Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for work over the water. There is the possibility of crews working on Saturdays as well. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.

 

Horry County Parks & Open Space Plan: Public Comment Period and Public Hearing Announcement

The Horry County Parks and Open Space Board, Planning & Zoning staff, and Parks & Recreation staff have been working since March to update the 2017 DRAFT Parks and Open Space Plan. The Plan was developed to serve as a comprehensive guide to acquire, develop, and expand areas of open space, significant environmental and natural resources, and recreational sites, as required by the Board in Horry County Ordinance Chapter 15, Article VII, Section 15-125.

The public review and adoption process for the Parks and Open Space Plan has commenced. The 15-day public comment period for the Parks and Open Space Plan will be open from January 15, 2020, through February 3, 2021. Horry County staff will present the Parks and Open Space Plan to the Planning Commission at their regularly scheduled workshop on January 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. The public is encouraged to virtually attend this workshop and provide comments on the plan at the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in multipurpose room B in the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway. After review and approval by the Planning Commission, the Plan will also be reviewed and considered for adoption by Horry County Council.  

The Parks and Open Space Plan can be reviewed at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 1301 Second Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. It is also available for review online.

Public comments may be mailed to the same address as stated above, by email, or by calling (843)915-7894.

 

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:

  • 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.

Circuit Court and Family Court cases will not be heard in person until further notice, with the exception of emergency situations. 

All Summary Court (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrate's, Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) proceedings have been suspended until further notice.

 

 



Upcoming Meetings for December 28, 2020,-January 1, 2021 Revised

Upcoming Meetings-Revised

Revision 12/29/20: The December 30, 2020, swearing-in ceremony is open to the public.

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

 

County Council Swearing-In Ceremony

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 2 p.m.

No agenda/packet.

 

New Year's Day Holiday

Friday, January 1, 2021

All County offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.

 

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, 2021.

Due to increased cases of COVID-19 and potential exposures, the Bucksport Library branch located at 7657 Highway 701 South in Conway will be closed the remainder of this week and next, with an anticipated reopening on Monday, January 4. The other library branches are open and operating on the normal holiday schedule. Curbside pickup is available at those branches and strongly encouraged. Click here for the list of other locations and contact information for the other branches.

 

Museum: The Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed December 24-26, 2020.

 

Myrtle Beach International Airport To Host Online Public Meeting

The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) has been working on a Master Plan Update that will guide development over the next 20 years. Please access the Online Public Meeting via the Airport’s website and provide your input or questions by January 15, 2021.

www.flymyrtlebeach.com/about/masterplan

 

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:

  • 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.

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 remainder of December 2020 and for January 2021. 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.

 

 



Upcoming Meetings for November 23-27, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

 

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

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

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

 

Thanksgiving Holiday

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.

 

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.

 

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

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. 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.

 

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:

  • 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.

Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.

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.

Preliminary hearings resumed October 30, 2020.

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.



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 Offices To Close For Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday. Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.



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