CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County leaders need to information the federal government because the coronavirus pandemic continues into the brand new yr.
Like all over the place throughout the nation, Horry County is seeking to bounce again after a tough 2020 due to COVID-19.
“It was a troublesome yr,” mentioned Horry County Council chair Johnny Gardner. “There’s little question about it. There’s no must try to say it wasn’t.”
In his state of the county handle at Tuesday night time’s council assembly, Gardner talked about balancing the realm’s inhabitants progress and COVID-19 restoration.
He additionally says a dispute of a number of years with cities like Myrtle Seashore must be resolved.
“If we do settle the hospitality charge lawsuit, that may assist everyone [including] the opposite municipalities as effectively,” he mentioned.
Gardner additionally says the pandemic has compelled the county to adapt, by bettering how emergency departments coordinate and providing extra on-line companies, that are classes that can be utilized after COVID-19 lastly goes away.
“We’re attempting to make our computer systems much more consumer pleasant and this yr, we’re going to do this,” mentioned Gardner. “We’re going to streamline loads of issues, make loads of issues simpler for our residents to maneuver.”
The pandemic’s financial ache hasn’t stopped but, because the county appears to be like to fund many new tasks. They embody the brand new emergency operations middle, a county police constructing in Myrtle Seashore, street development and flood prevention efforts.
The subsequent step is determining the way to afford these tasks.
“We had loads of hurt finished throughout the board, all the best way from prime to backside,” Gardner mentioned. “The revenues had been down, enterprise was down. It damage the financial system.”
Gardner additionally says council ought to have a greater thought of simply how COVID-19 will influence the county financially at council’s subsequent finances assembly on Jan. 15.