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Upcoming Meetings for August 17-21, 2020

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. 

 

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.

Agenda to be provided at a later date.

 

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 July 20-24, 2020

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

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Library Board

Thursday, July 23, 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).

 

Board of Assessment Appeals

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Horry County Flood Resiliency Virtual Seminar Series Reminder

 

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

The purpose of the seminars is to provide resources and a venue for community members 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.

The seminars are 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 includes 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 questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or by 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 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 July 13-17, 2020-Revised 7/14/20

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, July 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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

 

County Council

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

The July 14th 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, July 14, 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 July 14th include the following rezoning requests:

Ord 28-2020 G3 Engineering, agent for Aldi NC, LLC

Ord 56-2020 Robert Guyton, agent for International Drive Development Co., LLC

Ord 57-2020 Beach Flowers Inc

Ord 58-2020 Darrell & Sandra Avery

Ord 59-2020 DDC Engineers, agent for D.J. Caravan

Ord 60-2020 Colby Jenerette, agent for Beth Clarke 

 

Stormwater Advisory Board

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 5 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Museum Board-Canceled as of 7/14/20

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 5 p.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).

Board of Assessment Appeals

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 4 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Horry County Flood Resiliency Virtual Seminar Series Reminder

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

The purpose of the seminars is to provide resources and a venue for community members 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.

The seminars are 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 includes 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 questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or by 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 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 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 22-26, 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, June 23, 2020, 9 a.m.

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

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 2 p.m.

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

 

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 3 p.m.

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

 

Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

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

 

Horry County Recreation Centers to Reopen

Horry County Department of Parks & Recreation facilities will re-open to the public on Monday, June 22nd. This includes Recreation Centers, Community Centers, and the Cochran building. All HCPR facilities will resume their normal operating hours. Those with memberships will be refunded a pro-rated amount based on the amount of time our facilities were closed and their memberships will remain valid until the original expiration.

The Recreation Centers will be offering pickleball and basketball during designated hours only, while the walking tracks will be open the entire day. Gym schedules can be found below. Fitness classes will be offered with limited capacity, so those interested are encouraged to register online here to ensure their spot. 

In an effort to make our facilities as safe as possible and to stop the spread of COVID-19, our staff will be wearing masks, gymnasium capacity is limited, cleanings are being conducted more frequently, drinking fountains have been disabled, hand washing stations have been added, and social distancing markings have been placed throughout the Centers.

We appreciate your understanding during this time and ask that everyone visiting our facilities please be respectful of social distancing guidelines. We strongly encourage visitors to wear masks while in common areas and will have them available at the buildings. Please bring your own water bottles and any personal equipment needed for fitness classes.

Click here for Recreation Center Gym Schedules.

 

Horry County Assessor to Mail Assessment Notices

The Assessor’s Office will begin mailing 2020 Assessment notices this week. These notices will go to 22,000 taxpayers. These are notices for people who have recently purchased or made significant additions or improvements to their property.

The remaining taxpayers should see no change in their valuation as this is not a reassessment year. Those who do receive notices will have 90-days from the date of the notice (September 18, 2020) to make an appeal based on the new data. All other taxpayers will be able to make appeals based on their tax notice, which will be mailed around October 1, 2020.

In addition, the Assessor’s Office will be mailing out several hundred letters to taxpayers who may be eligible for an Agricultural exemption on their property. The office identified approximately 500 taxpayers who might be eligible but have not yet applied for the exemption. If you receive one of these letters, you should go online to apply for the exemption. You can find the application online.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with the Assessor’s Office at (843) 915-5040.  

 

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

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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.

All Horry County Parks and Recreation centers remain closed at this time. Information about reopening facilities and resuming programming will be provided as soon as possible.

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 will resume on June 19, 2020, and like Central Traffic Court hearings will be spaced out over the course of the entire day with all parties having a specific time to appear.



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