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Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of September 27, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee Training (Virtual)

Click here for the agenda.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 2 p.m.

Administration Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 3 p.m.

Planning Commission Workshop (Virtual)

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

´╗┐These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Horry County Legacy Business Recognition: Horry Electric Cooperative

The Horry County Historic Preservation Commission’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize Horry Electric Cooperative with a ceremony on October 1, 2021 at 10 a.m.

On April 25, 1940, 627 charter members met with the goal of bringing electricity to rural communities. The electrical system was energized on January 7, 1941. Today, Horry Electric Cooperative, a non-profit member-owned organization, has become the second largest electric cooperative in South Carolina in terms of meters. The co-op serves 71,553 members with 86,365 meters in their system and has 5,543 miles of line across Horry County.

A nine-member board of trustees, elected from and by their fellow members, governs the activities of the co-op. The Board of Trustees appoints the CEO. Daniel B. Shelley, III was named Executive Vice President and CEO in 2019. Shelley’s grandfather, W. Hal King, was one of the co-op’s founding 627 charter members. King also served on the first board of trustees.

The Cooperative engages with the members and communities it serves. An example of these efforts is the co-op’s Member Economic Participation principle. Horry Electric members have received more than $71 million in capital credit distributions since the cooperative was organized. Members of Horry Electric have a share in the earnings of the cooperative. The rates paid for electricity are set to bring in enough money to pay operating costs, make payments on loans and provide required equity. Revenues in excess of the cost of doing business are returned to members as patronage capital in the form of an electric bill credit or check.

The Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years. The ceremony will take place at Horry Electric Cooperative located at 2774 Cultra Road in Conway.

For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.



Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of September 20, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

Historic Preservation Commission

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6 p.m.

County Council Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 3 p.m.

Stormwater Advisory Committee

Click here for the agenda.

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10 a.m.

Forfeited Land Commission

Click here for the agenda.

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee Seeking Board Members

Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is seeking two dedicated citizens of Horry County to serve as members of its Board of Directors. KHCB assists community groups with litter cleanup events and provides recommendations for beautification projects throughout the County. Keep Horry County Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep South Carolina Beautiful. The committee was established through a resolution of Horry County Council to become an official committee of the Parks & Open Space Board. Board meetings are typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Horry County Government & Justice Building. 

This month, in lieu of their regular monthly meeting, Board members will meet virtually with a member of Keep South Carolina Beautiful to receive training on the duties and responsibilities of a Board member. This virtual workshop is scheduled for 11:30 AM on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of this Board, please register with Nancy Tindall at 843-915-7893 or by emailing tindalln@horrycounty.org no later than 5 PM on Monday, September 27.

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.



Horry County Upcoming Meetings and Updates for the Week of September 6, 2021

All County offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 6 p.m.

Horry County Council

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

This meeting will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, Horry County Government Facebook Page, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Horry County Announces New Library Director

Horry County officials are pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Elvis-Weitzel as the new Director of Libraries for Horry County Memorial Library.

Elvis-Weitzel is a lifetime resident of Conway, beginning her library career in 2005 as a Youth Services Library Assistant at Conway Library and becoming the Youth Services Librarian soon after. She took the position of Branch Librarian in 2015 and was promoted to Assistant Director three years later. Prior to librarianship, Tracey taught in local elementary schools for ten years. 

Tracey holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science degree from Clarion University and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from USC-Coastal Carolina College. She has Professional Librarian Certification from the South Carolina State Library and is a member of both the South Carolina and American Library Associations. 

Elvis-Weitzel said, “I am thrilled to be named the new Director of Libraries and I am committed to helping Horry County Memorial Library anticipate and respond to the changing needs of the community by providing resources, services and spaces that help advance opportunity and education. My top priorities for the Library include initiatives with new and emerging technologies and improved user experience.”

Horry County Memorial Libraries includes ten branches and a bookmobile in locations around Horry County dedicated to informing, enriching, and empowering all persons in our community by creating and promoting free and easy access to a diverse array of available ideas and information.

Mosquito Spraying Planned for Wednesday, September 8, 2021

**Update, September 9: Due to weather conditions, the make up day for this spraying has been moved to Friday, September 10, 2021.**

Horry County will conduct mosquito spraying on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Specific areas identified for spraying are listed below and will also be available on the website:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Bucksport Area including Lucas Bay Road, Bucksport Road, Browns Chapel Avenue, Reba Road. 

Make up day will be Thursday, September 9, 2021

Aerial spraying will be conducted 30-minutes prior to sunset and 30-minutes after sunset, weather permitting. 

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies. You can submit the location of your hive online here.

In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in the unincorporated areas of Horry County (outside city limits) can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000 or by the online form.

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

Byrd Road Crossline Upgrade 

Beginning Monday, August 30, a section of Byrd Road between Lanes Drive and Highway 65 will be closed to all traffic. During the closure, all Hwy 65 bound traffic along Byrd Road must use the Lanes Drive to Long Ave Ext. detour route. All Hwy 701 bound traffic along Byrd Road must use Hwy 65 to Long Ave Ext detour route.

This section of the roadway is anticipated to reopen on Thursday, September 8, 2021. The schedule may be impacted by inclement weather and will be adjusted accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Horry County Storm Water Department (843) 915-6958.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.



Upcoming Meetings July 12-16, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Click here for the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 12 p.m.

Parks & Open Space Board

Click here for the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 6 p.m.

County Council

Click here for the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 3 p.m.

Stormwater Advisory Board

Click here for the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 3 p.m.

Board of Fee Appeals

Click here for the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 5 p.m.

Museum Board of Trustees

Click here for the agenda.

 

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.



Upcoming Meetings February 8-12, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

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).

Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, February 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view 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 the day of the meeting. You can sign up by calling Nancy Tindall in the Planning & Zoning Office at (843) 915-7893, or by emailing tindalln@horrycounty.org

Public Safety Committee-Canceled

Tuesday, February 9, 2020, 9 a.m.

Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, February 9, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

 

Deadline to Apply for Upcoming Community Development Block Grant Application Cycle on February 24, 2021

Community Development Office to Host Training Workshops for Applicants ahead of the Deadline

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities. Federal law requires that community development grant funds primarily benefit low and moderate-income persons. Funds may also be used for activities that help prevent or eliminate slum or blight, or for projects that meet urgent community needs. 

The 2021–2022 funding round will focus on Public Services and Public Facilities. Provision of public services (including labor, supplies, and materials) including but not limited to those concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, health, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, energy conservation, homebuyer down payment assistance, or recreational needs will be considered for funding. Public facilities include all facilities that are publicly-owned, or that are owned by a non-profit organization and are open to the public. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the rehabilitation of public facilities.

You are invited to submit an application to Horry County Community Development, located at 128-B Professional Park Drive, Conway, SC 29526. Applications are due no later than February 24, 2021 at 5 PM to be eligible for funding consideration.  

A virtual workshop will be held February 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. for applicants in the regular cycle. A link to the virtual session will be posted on the Community Development website, prior to the workshop. It will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government Facebook Page and Government Access television channel.

An additional virtual workshop will be held February 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. for applicants considering an application specifically related to COVID-19 relief. A link to the virtual session will be posted on the Community Development website, prior to the workshop. It will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government Facebook Page and Government Access television channel.

Lane Closures on the US 17 Intracoastal Waterway Bridge

Motorists may expect lane closures (north and southbound) on the US 17 bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. Crews will be working on both sides of the waterway. Depending on the weather, lane closures will continue Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices.

Horry County Government COVID-19 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.

Find more about Horry County meetings and events on our website.



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