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Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of July 4, 2022

All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, are closed on Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day. 

 

All Horry County Recycling & Convenience Centers will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. All facilities will return to their normal operating schedule on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. 

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Thursday, July 7, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

The meetings of County Council, Council Committees, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Commission are also broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

RIDE III Project Update: U.S. Highway 701 Widening North of Loris

This week, the South Carolina Department of Transportation SCDOT provided an update on the status of this RIDE III Program project. Property owners along the U.S. Hwy. 701 corridor above Loris may receive a postcard (pictured below) in their mailboxes this week. At this point, the design and permitting phases are complete. All individuals with property impacts have been contacted by a Right of Way Agent. The project is on schedule and construction is expected to begin this summer. 

The scope of this project includes widening U.S. Hwy. 701 North of Loris, from the end of the existing 3-lane section (Dogwood Street) to the SC Hwy. 9 interchange. The improved road will feature 5-lanes, including a center turn-lane and installation of bike/pedestrian facilities such as sidewalks and wider travel lanes. These improvements are expected to improve capacity while decreasing traffic congestion along the corridor. 

For more information about the project, visit the project website at https://arcg.is/14W05X



Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of June 27, 2022

Upcoming Meetings

 

Monday, June 27, 2022, 2 p.m.

Administration Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.


Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3 p.m.

Planning Commission Virtual Workshop

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

The meetings of County Council, Council Committees, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Commission are also broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Upcoming Community Meeting in Bucksport

Join Horry County Councilmember Orton Bellamy and Horry County Planning and Zoning staff members for a community meeting in Bucksport on Monday, June 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at James Frazier Community Center.

Local officials will provide updates about ongoing community planning and flood mitigation efforts. Community members will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. 

Upcoming Public Workshops: Garden City Streetscapes Project

Join us on Tuesday, June 28 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. to discuss the innovative Garden City Streetscape Project during our workshop meeting at the Inlet Square Mall.

We want to hear from the people who live, work, and relax in the area to help create your vision for improvements to Waccamaw Drive and Atlantic Avenue in Garden City. 

During this meeting, we'll explore how to make these roads into "Complete Streets" by incorporating bike and pedestrian amenities, and streetscaping elements, address traffic operations and safety and improve beach access.

The scope of the current project includes the following improvements: 

  • Improvements planned for two primary thoroughfares:
  • Waccamaw Drive from Melody Lane to County line: 1.9 miles
  • Atlantic Avenue east of the marsh to Waccamaw Drive: 0.15 miles

The current project budget (all phases) is $46 million with funding provided through local hospitality fee revenue.

Click here to start getting involved: https://www.gardencitystreetscape.com/

If you can't attend the in-person workshop, we will host the same workshop as a Virtual Workshop on Thursday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit the website for information to join the virtual meeting. 

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.

Upcoming Lane Closures: Postal Way Extension

Weather permitting, intermittent evening and overnight lane closures are expected to begin on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at the intersection of Postal Way and Carolina Forest Boulevard near the United States Post Office.

These closures will continue through the remainder of the Postal Way Extension road construction project. The project is a part of the RIDE III Program US Highway 501 Corridor Improvements. The project includes the extension of Postal Way east to Waccamaw Pines Drive with the installation of required intersection improvements and sidewalks.

Visit our website to learn more about the RIDE III program. For status updates on all of our current RIDE III projects, check out the online dashboard.

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.

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



Statement on Absentee Voting Issue in Horry County

Statement on Absentee Voting Issue in Horry County

June 24, 2022

The S.C. State Election Commission (SEC) has been made aware that 1,377 Republican Runoff voters in Horry County were incorrectly issued Democratic Runoff ballots due to an error in the ballot printing and mailing process. The Horry County Voters and Registration Office discovered the error and alerted the SEC. 

The ballot printing and mailing service vendor is mailing Republican Runoff ballots to affected voters today.  The vendor says they are working with the U.S. Postal Service to take all measures to deliver these ballots as quickly as possible.  The vendor believes voters may begin receiving these ballots as soon as Saturday, June 25.

The corrected ballot mailing will include the following notice to voters:

As a result of a printer error, you were incorrectly mailed a Democratic Runoff absentee ballot.  Your corrected Republican Runoff ballot is enclosed.

To vote, either:

  • Vote and return the enclosed ballot to the Horry County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 1515 4th Avenue, Conway, 29526 before 7:00 p.m. on June 28, 2022.

OR

  • Go to your polling place and vote on June 28.

Do NOT vote and return the Democratic Runoff ballot that you received in error.  If you already voted and returned the Democratic Runoff ballot, the ballot will not count.  It is not necessary to return the unvoted ballot to the voter registration office.

The Horry County Board of Voter Registration and Elections issued 1,932 absentee ballots.  Of those, 1,377 were for the Republican Runoff, all of which were incorrectly mailed Democratic Runoff ballots.  Democratic Runoff voters were not affected and received correct ballots. 

The Horry County Board of Voter Registration and Elections contracts with Sun Solutions of West Columbia, SC for absentee ballot printing and mailing services.  When using a printing and mailing service, the county board provides the vendor with a file containing all the information necessary to provide the correct ballot to each voter.  There was no error in the file provided by the Horry County Board.  The error occurred during the vendor’s process.  Sun Solutions says they are investigating the cause of the error.

This issue is limited to Horry County and is NOT affecting any other county.  The issue does NOT affect Early Voting or Election Day Voting in Horry County.



Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of June 20, 2022

All County offices, except Public Safety Operations, are closed on Monday, June 20, 2022 in observance of Juneteenth. 

Upcoming Meetings


Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6 p.m.

County Council

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.


Thursday, June 23, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

Library Board of Trustees

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.


The meetings of County Council, Council Committees, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Commission are also broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Upcoming Hurricane Preparedness Community Presentations

Looking for hurricane preparedness information?

Join Horry County Emergency Management as they talk you through what you need to know for this hurricane season. From evacuations and sheltering, to what should go in emergency kit - if you have questions about your household's hurricane plan, this event is for you.

Two presentations will be held this week:

  • Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Strand Recreation Center
  • Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center. 

Both events are free and open to the public. 

Early Voting for Runoff Election Begins June 22

Early Voting for June Runoff Election begins Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

  • Early-voting for June Runoffs:
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Locations in Horry County:
  • Voters Registration and Elections Office
  • North Strand Recreation Center
  • South Strand Recreation Center
  • Carolina Forest Library

Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).

For more information, visit scVOTES.gov or contact the Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office at (843) 915-5440.

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.

Upcoming Lane Closures: Postal Way Extension

Weather permitting, intermittent evening and overnight lane closures are expected to begin on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at the intersection of Postal Way and Carolina Forest Boulevard near the United States Post Office.

These closures will continue through the remainder of the Postal Way Extension road construction project. The project is a part of the RIDE III Program US Highway 501 Corridor Improvements. The project includes the extension of Postal Way east to Waccamaw Pines Drive with the installation of required intersection improvements and sidewalks.

Visit our website to learn more about the RIDE III program. For status updates on all of our current RIDE III projects, check out the online dashboard.

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.



Garden City Streetscape Project- Upcoming Public Workshops & Survey

 

Upcoming Public Workshops

Join us on Tuesday, June 28 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. to discuss the innovative Garden City Streetscape Project during our workshop meeting at the Inlet Square Mall.

We want to hear from the people who live, work, and relax in the area to help create your vision for improvements to Waccamaw Drive and Atlantic Avenue in Garden City.

During this meeting, we'll explore how to make these roads into "Complete Streets" by incorporating bike and pedestrian amenities, and streetscaping elements, address traffic operations and safety and improve beach access.

The scope of the current project includes the following improvements:

  • Improvements planned for two primary thoroughfares:
    • Waccamaw Drive from Melody Lane to County line: 1.9 miles
    • Atlantic Avenue east of the marsh to Waccamaw Drive: 0.15 miles

The current project budget (all phases) is $46 million with funding provided through local hospitality fee revenue.

Click here to start getting involved: https://www.gardencitystreetscape.com/

If you can't attend the in-person workshop, we will host the same workshop as a Virtual Workshop on Thursday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit the website for information to join the virtual meeting.

Take the Online Survey

There are multiple opportunities for you to get involved throughout the process, including workshops and focus groups. Follow the links below to take the online survey and see the interactive web map.

Online Survey & Interactive Map

Stay in Touch

If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for regular project updates. You can find the link to sign up at gardencitystreetscapes.com.

Do you have questions, comments, or other insights to share with the project team?

Feel free to reach out via email at the address below:


projectfeedback@horrycounty.org



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