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Upcoming Meetings for September 28-October 2, 2020

[Revised 09.25.20-To correct link for the Preservation Plan]

[Revised 09.28.20-Due to amended County Council agenda]

 

Upcoming Meetings

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

 

County Council Workshop on Mining

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Horry County Preservation Plan Public Hearing and Public Comment Period Announcement

Over the course of the last two years, Horry County staff and the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission have been working to update the Horry County Preservation Plan, an amendment to the IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This review started with a survey titled Planning for Historic Preservation in Horry County, which ran from August through November of 2018.

The public review and adoption process for the Preservation Plan has commenced. Horry County staff presented the Preservation Plan to the Planning Commission at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 3 p.m. This meeting prefaced the formal 30-day public comment period that will be open between September 24, 2020, and October 29, 2020. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments on the plan at the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in multipurpose room B at 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 Preservation Plan can be reviewed at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 1301 2nd Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. It is also available for review online. Public comments may be mailed to the address above or by emailing Lou Conklin.

 

Property Tax 101: Virtual Presentation

Led by the Horry County Assessor’s Office, Property Tax 101 is an opportunity to learn the basics about real property tax assessment in Horry County. In this one hour seminar-style course, expect to learn more about how property is taxed in Horry County and where that tax money goes. In addition, the course will cover common tax exemptions. This virtual presentation will take place on Monday, September 28 at 4 p.m. The presentation 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. 

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

 

Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at www.my2020census.gov.

 

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 have been canceled until further notice.



Upcoming Meetings for September 7-11, 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.

 

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 7, 2020

All County government offices, except public safety operations, will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

 

Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

 

Parks & Open Space Board

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 12 pm.

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

 

Transportation/Economic Development Committee

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Eddy Lake Cemetery Sign Unveiling Ceremony

Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Join Horry County officials on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. for the Eddy Lake Cemetery Sign Unveiling at the Grand Strand Water & Sewer treatment plant site.

Eddy Lake Cemetery is on the historic register, and with permission from Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority, the cemetery is in the process of being recovered and restored.

Traffic control signs will be posted along Bucksport Road to provide directions to the ceremony.

 

Afterschool Programming: Registration Now Open

Starting September 8th, Horry County Parks and Recreation is offering Afterschool programming (AFS) at the following locations: Carolina Forest Recreation Center, South Strand Recreation Center, North Strand Recreation Center, Bucksport Community Center, and the Green Sea Senior Center.

AFS programming will run Monday-Friday from 2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Each site will be limited to 24 total participants, and enhanced safety measures will be put in place.

Alongside Horry County Schools, Horry County Parks and Recreation is following SC DHEC’s Levels of Disease Activity guidelines.

To register or learn more about HCPR's AFS program, please visit ParksAndRec.horrycounty.org or contact the location directly.

 

Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at www.my2020census.gov.

 

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 have been canceled until further notice.



Upcoming Meetings for August 31-September 4, 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.

 

County Council

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful Supports #Grab a Bucket SC

Contact Keep Horry County Beautiful to grab a bucket and pick up litter in your community. You can participate by picking up one bucket of litter in your neighborhood, park, or other public space. Then put that litter in your trash or recycling bin. Date and sign the bucket with a permanent marker and pass it on to someone else who wants to join the challenge or return it to the County. Feel free to post a photo of you holding the bucket full of litter using #GrabABucketSC and #KeepHorryCountyBeautiful. Don’t forget to report your pickup to keephorrycountybeautiful@horrycounty.org or by calling Katie Moore at (843) 915-5340. You can pick up a bucket at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office located in the Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue, in Conway.

Palmetto Pride (Keep South Carolina Beautiful) launched the #Grab a Bucket SC program as a statewide litter pick-up challenge. The program will continue until October 18, 2020, as it coincides with the national Great American Cleanup activities of Keep America Beautiful.

#Grab A Bucket brochure

 

Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at www.my2020census.gov.

 

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 have been canceled until further notice.



Upcoming Meetings for August 24-28, 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.

 

Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful-Litter Coordinators' Meeting

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

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

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

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

 

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).

 

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 3 p.m.

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

 

Horry County Needs Public Input on Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Horry County Multi-jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan is a long-range blueprint to assist the County and participating jurisdictions with lowering natural hazard risk and the impacts of disasters. The Plan includes risk assessments and mitigation strategies. The whole community is engaged in the initial planning process as well as the required five-year cycle updates. The 2020 draft version is currently available for review and the public is invited to submit comments or questions, which can be emailed.

Input can be submitted until Aug. 27, 2020. Please note that this plan update is cyclical and the County has gone through this process several times before. This is not to be confused with the County’s forthcoming Resiliency Plan which will be focused primarily on flood hazards.

View the Horry County Multi-jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan here.

 

Carolina Forest Boulevard Widening Project Detour

Southern Asphalt (Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority along with R. H. Moore) intends to detour traffic at the River Oaks / Carolina Forest Boulevard intersection starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2020, until 7 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, to install the remaining section of the upgraded water line. If the work cannot be completed by 7 a.m. August 28, 2020, the work will resume at 9 p.m. August 28, 2020, and carry thru until 7 a.m. August 29, 2020. Motorists are urged to follow the posted detour route around the work zone.

The detour will consist of the following:

  • Northbound motorists traveling on River Oaks Boulevard that wish to make a left turn onto westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard will be detoured onto eastbound Carolina Forest Boulevard. Motorists will make a right turn onto Carolina Forest Boulevard, continue to Village Center Boulevard where they will then make a left turn, make another left onto River Oaks Drive, and then use the right turn lane to access westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard.
  • All southbound motorists traveling on River Oaks Boulevard will be channeled around the work zone or can use the right turn lane to access westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling eastbound on Carolina Forest Boulevard will be channeled around the work zone and will have full access to River Oaks Drive.
  • Motorists wishing to access westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard from the commercial area of Carolina Forest Boulevard on the eastern side of River Oaks Boulevard will need to follow the detour and will be required to make this movement from southbound River Oaks Drive.

Progress for this RIDE III project and others can be found on the website.

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful Supports #Grab a Bucket SC

Contact Keep Horry County Beautiful to grab a bucket and pick up litter in your community. You can participate by picking up one bucket of litter in your neighborhood, park, or other public space. Then put that litter in your trash or recycling bin. Date and sign the bucket with a permanent marker and pass it on to someone else who wants to join the challenge or return it to the County. Feel free to post a photo of you holding the bucket full of litter using #GrabABucketSC and #KeepHorryCountyBeautiful. Don’t forget to report your pickup to keephorrycountybeautiful@horrycounty.org or by calling Katie Moore at (843) 915-5340. You can pick up a bucket at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office located in the Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue, in Conway.

Palmetto Pride (Keep South Carolina Beautiful) launched the #Grab a Bucket SC program as a statewide litter pick-up challenge. The program will continue until October 18, 2020, as it coincides with the national Great American Cleanup activities of Keep America Beautiful.

#Grab A Bucket brochure

 

Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at www.my2020census.gov.

 

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 have been canceled until further notice.

 



Upcoming Meetings for August 17-21, 2020

[Revised 08.17.20-County Council agenda revised]

[Revised 08.18.20-Added Forfeited Land Commission meeting & agenda.]

[Revised 08.19.20-Added agenda packet for Welcome Back Committee.]

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

 

Board of Architectural Review

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

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

 

County Council

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

The August 18th 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 the list below.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having a public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 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 hartleyp@horrycounty.org. 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 remains suspended until further notice. 

Public Hearings that are scheduled for August 18th include:

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

Ord 70-2020 Rowe Professional Services Co., agent for Burroughs Brothers Properties Inc.

Ord 71-2020 Keane McLaughlin, agent for Shark Investments LLC

Ord 72-2020 DDC Engineers, agent for Wake Stone Corporation

Ord 73-2020 Robert Turner, agent for Hawksbill Lake LLC

 

Ordinance 61-2020 to establish procedures for the Comprehensive Plan adoption & amendment process within Chapter 15 of the County Code.

Ordinance 62-2020 to amend the County Code pertaining to zoning amendments.

Ordinance 63-2020 to amend the County Code pertaining to campers and recreation vehicles used as temporary living accommodations.

Ordinance 64-2020 to amend the County Code pertaining to High Bulk Retail and Open Yard Storage.

Ordinance 65-2020 to amend the Commercial Forest/Agriculture District of the County Code pertaining to veterinary offices, animal hospitals, and/or boarding facilities.

Ordinance 66-2020 to amend various sections of the County Code pertaining to the Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historical Preservation.

Ordinance 67-2020 approving the abandonment, conveyance, and removal from the county’s drainage system of a portion of a ditch located adjacent Simpson Creek Drive, and authorizing the administrator to execute a quit-claim deed.

Ordinance 69-2020 approving & authorizing the county administrator to execute Modification Number One to the lease agreement with Allen Aviation, Inc. for use of an aviation fuel storage tank at Conway-Horry County Airport.

Ordinance 74-2020 amending the County Code so as to provide for standards for the infant cabana exception to the prohibition of tents along the beaches in unincorporated Horry County. 

 

Forfeited Land Commission

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

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).

 

Welcome Back Committee

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda packet.

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful Supports #Grab a Bucket SC

Contact Keep Horry County Beautiful to grab a bucket and pick up litter in your community. You can participate by picking up one bucket of litter in your neighborhood, park, or other public space. Then put that litter in your trash or recycling bin. Date and sign the bucket with a permanent marker and pass it on to someone else who wants to join the challenge or return it to the County. Feel free to post a photo of you holding the bucket full of litter using #GrabABucketSC and #KeepHorryCountyBeautiful. Don’t forget to report your pickup to keephorrycountybeautiful@horrycounty.org or by calling Katie Moore at (843) 915-5340. You can pick up a bucket at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office located in the Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue, in Conway.

Palmetto Pride (Keep South Carolina Beautiful) launched the #Grab a Bucket SC program as a statewide litter pick-up challenge. The program will continue until October 18, 2020, as it coincides with the national Great American Cleanup activities of Keep America Beautiful.

#Grab A Bucket brochure

 

Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at www.my2020census.gov.

 

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 have been canceled until further notice.



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