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Semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for April 11
March 25, 2015
The Georgetown County Public Services Department will accept unwanted paint, batteries, pesticides, fertilizers and other hazardous household materials during a three-hour collection event on April 11 in Pawleys Island. The collection is set for 9 a.m. to noon at Midway Fire Rescue, located at 67 St. Paul Place.
The Public Services Department and its Stormwater Division schedule collection events for such materials every spring and fall on the Waccamaw Neck, to make safe disposal of these items more convenient. At the last event, nearly three tons of hazardous household materials were collected. Prior collections exceeded three tons, but the goal is to have numbers drop gradually as residents clear out stockpiles of old — often decades old — materials and become better educated about household hazardous waste and the importance of its proper disposal.
The events also generally include distribution of educational information from the Stormwater Division.
“These events are a matter of convenience for residents, but for us, it’s not only an opportunity to make sure these materials are being handled the right way, but to share our message and talk to people about recycling and stormwater, and why they should be concerned about these things,” said Tracy Jones, Stormwater Division manager.
For more information, visit www.gtcounty.org/stormwater or call the Georgetown County Stormwater Division, (843) 545-3524.
Public input sought on proposed Litchfield roundabout
March 23, 2015
Conceptual plans for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Willbrook Blvd. and Wildcat Way in Litchfield will be the topic of a public meeting on April 30. The meeting will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the new Waccamaw Library, located at 41 St. Paul Place.
The meeting will provide a review of the newly completed conceptual plans and offer an opportunity for public input. Public comments will be accepted in person at the meeting or in writing through May 7. Comments may be submitted to Mike Illes, project manager at P.O. Box 421270, Georgetown, S.C. 29442.
The roundabout is proposed as a solution for traffic concerns at the intersection and would improve access to Waccamaw Intermediate and Middle schools, as well as the library, which opened near the intersection last month. Roundabouts are generally recognized as a safer means than traditional intersections for moving traffic through busy junctions, and have both functioned well and been wellreceived in other parts of the state where they have been utilized.
After the comment period has closed, Georgetown County will make a decision about how to proceed with addressing traffic concerns at the intersection.
Public comments being accepted on request to governor
March 23, 2015
The Waccamaw Workforce Development Area, the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments as its administrative entity, and the area’s three individual counties of Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg, are accepting public comment on their request to the Governor for initial designation as a local workforce development area pursuant to Section 106(b)(2) of Public Law 113-128, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Under WIOA, the Waccamaw Workforce Development Area is responsible for carrying out programs designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the local labor market and to match local employers with the skilled workers they need.
A public hearing on the designation will be held on April 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the conference room of the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, 1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC, 29440. Comments on the designation can be submitted in writing to the attention of Public Comment at the address above, and must be received by April 10, 2015.
Enter our photo contest!
March 19, 2015
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter our latest photo contest. We’ve selected “Rural Life in Georgetown County” as the theme. We’re looking for shots that show the more rural areas of Georgetown County. These may include landscapes or images of people going about their daily lives or enjoying recreational activities such as hunting and fishing. Color and black and white photos will be accepted.
Deadline for entires is 5:30 p.m. May 31, 2015. Submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Vigilant Guard exercise comes to successful close in Georgetown County
March 12, 2015
The last of military and civilian partners participating in Vigilant Guard in Georgetown County left for home on Wednesday, bringing the large-scale disaster preparedness exercise to a close. The operation, which spanned nine days and involved numerous agencies and three states, proved hugely successful and was an incredible tool for building relationships and putting disaster response skills to the test in realistic conditions, said Sam Hodge, Georgetown County’s emergency manager.
“With any type of training event like this, a key element is to find out where your shortfalls are and to build relationships with those agencies you don’t normally have a chance to work with,” Hodge said. “We were able to achieve both those goals with Vigilant Guard, which works toward further improving our readiness to respond to a real disaster.”
Though the exercise took place in counties across the state, the majority of the activity was staged in Georgetown County, attracting thousands of military and civilian participants March 6-11. The scenario for the national exercise, sponsored by U.S. Northern Command, was a Category 4 hurricane, which made Georgetown County a perfect location for this year’s exercise.
“That’s a threat we face every year and we know it’s just a matter of time before one makes landfall,” Hodge said...
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Midway Fire Rescue to receive international Heart Safe Community Award
March 10, 2015
Midway Fire Rescue was announced on March 9 as a recipient of this year’s Heart Safe Community Award, presented by the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ EMS section. The award is presented to only two communities annually — one large and one small. Midway won the award for small communities (those with populations under 100,000).
The award recognizes fire-service-based EMS and other EMS systems that have used creative approaches to implement or maintain public access defibrillation programs within the communities they serve. From 2001-2005, the award considered the establishment of Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs by fire and EMS agencies in their communities. In 2005, the award criteria were expanded to reflect the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines. Now, agencies applying for the award must show how they have also improved the quality of out-of-hospital resuscitation through bystander CPR, AED deployment, advanced notification to the receiving hospital, and other continuous quality resuscitation improvements...
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Georgetown County named state Emergency Management Agency of the Year
March 5, 2015
Georgetown County Emergency Management Division was named the 2015 Agency of the Year by the S.C. Emergency Management Association on Wednesday. A county director was also named Volunteer/Citizen of the Year. That honor went to Beth Goodale, Georgetown County’s director of parks and recreation. Both awards were presented during the association’s annual workshop, held March 2-5 at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach.
Nominees for the annual agency award are judged by their emergency management peers and the award is given to the emergency management agency that has made the most significant improvement or difference in their community during the past year in mitigating, responding to or recovering from a disaster...
Capital Project Sales Tax to go into effect in 2015
Nov. 5, 2014
In the November 2014 general election, Georgetown County residents voted to implement a 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.
The sales tax will begin being applied to taxable purchases in Georgetown County on May 1, 2015, and will remain in place for exactly four years, disappearing on April 30, 2019.
It is anticipated the tax will generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax. These funds will be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.
For more information about the tax and the projects to be funded, see the links below or call (843) 545-3164.
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