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Final day for Georgetown County curbside flood debris collection is Nov. 30
Nov. 19, 2015
Contractors working for the state to pick up flood-related debris from public roadways throughout Georgetown County will make their final pass the week of Nov. 23. The last day for collection is Monday, Nov. 30. Any county resident with flood-related debris they would like to have removed is asked place it in the right-of-way according to guidelines prior to that date.
Georgetown County officials contracted with the S.C. Department of Transportation for curbside debris removal following severe flooding in October. Contractors have been picking up debris placed along public roadways in Georgetown County since mid October.
Property owners are reminded that debris must be separated into the following six categories for curbside pickup: electronics, large appliances, household hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. As contractors are collecting debris by category, not all debris may be taken away at one time. Contractors will make return trips to gather the categorized items.
Additionally, debris must be unbagged (with the exception of waste in the household garbage category, which should be bagged). Other than household garbage, only loose debris will be collected. Residents should not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility, and should avoid placing it directly under power lines.
Flood-related Debris Disposal Guide (Curbside Pickup and Landfill Disposal)
County reduces fee for flood-related building permits
Oct. 27, 2015
Building permit fees for flood-related construction will be offered at a reduced rate for at least the next year, Georgetown County Council Members decided last week. Council approved a temporary 50 percent reduction to building permit fees for all qualifying flood-related projects.
The Georgetown County Building and Zoning Department reminds residents that it is extremely important they obtain the appropriate permits for construction work when making repairs to a flood-damaged home or business. This provides several benefits to property owners, including ensuring structures are properly inspected for safety. A permit also helps ensure that only licensed contractors are working on your home or business and that the work meets all codes and standards for safety.
“We understand that residents will want to begin repairs and reconstruction as soon as possible, but it’s definitely to the property owner’s benefit to make sure they take the time to get a permit,” said Boyd Johnson, department director. “Also, most insurance companies will require licensed contractors be used and proof that properties passed inspections before they will approve payment for any future claims.”
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Georgetown County achieves Certified Work Ready Community designation
Sept. 15, 2015
Georgetown County is now a certified Work Ready community through the S.C. Work Ready Communities Initiative. The announcement was made by Gov. Nikki Haley’s office yesterday and demonstrates Georgetown County has a robust workforce development initiative in place that links education and workforce development together, and aligns them to economic development and job placement.
To receive Work Ready Community status, a county must meet population-based criteria set by the state regarding workforce and supporting employers. Georgetown County exceeded its goals on every level, with a total goal of 681 potential employees who have taken the WorkKeys assessment, and 93 supporting employers. Georgetown County had 1,455 potential employees complete the assessment and registered 96 supporting employers.
“Receiving our certification as a Work Ready Community is further evidence that Georgetown County is serious about recruiting businesses to our community,” said Brian Tucker, director of the county’s Economic Development Department...
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Georgetown County to host Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in 2016
Sept. 10, 2015
Georgetown County will be the host site for a 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, bringing some of the nation’s top professional bass anglers to Winyah Bay, B.A.S.S. announced nationwide today. The Elite Series is known as the premier fishing tournament series in the world and has been shown to generate economic impacts of more than $2 million in other host cities.
“To fishing, this series is what the PGA Tour is to golf,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “Being selected to host an event of this caliber is a huge achievement for our community and an honor. This is the chance the county has been looking for to prove we can host a large scale, national event and not only compete with but outdo other jurisdictions that are competing for this type of event.”
The Elite Series will stop in Georgetown with tournament days of April 7-10. Official practice days for the anglers will be April 4-6. Many participants are expected to make trips to the area months ahead of the tournament to get familiar with the local fishery.
Making the announcement even more exciting for area outdoors enthusiasts, the 2016 Winyah Bay Heritage Festival will be scheduled to coincide with the event, making it a weekend not to be missed for anglers and other outdoorsmen...
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