CONWAY — It’s not every fall that the word “ice” rolls off the tongues of Horry County officials, but this year they are looking to find the owners of ice machines sprouting up along roadsides to make sure they comply with county permitting laws.
Images are slowly fading of tourists’ vehicles rolling down the street with their ragtops down in search of some ice to fill their coolers, but Horry County officials certainly have the ice machine issue on their radar. However, they are not turning a cold shoulder to owners, said county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.
“We noticed that there have been a number of machines popping up in lots and some pretty close to the roadway,” Bourcier said.
They look like vending machines, but since they have water and electric running to them, the county warns owners that it is illegal to just put them up anywhere. The placement of ice machines is restricted under law and each and every ice machine needs to be permitted, according to a county press release.
The process is simple: A plan should be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department for approval before placement of machines.
Owners of illegally placed machines will be issued a warning ticket to bring them into compliance. This may mean a total relocation of the machine with the cost to be absorbed by the owner, according to the release. If a person fails to heed the warning ticket a citation will be issued.
Currently there are seven large machines in the county – four are properly permitted and three owners are in the process of being contacted. Bourcier said the popularity of the machines may grow between now and next season.
“We’ve been sending out notices,” she said. “It’s all about compliance. We’re not out to get the owners in trouble, we just want them to be in compliance.”
For more information about the ice machines, contact William Martin of the planning and zoning department at 9158733.
Area business honored for green initiative
The Myrtle Beach Speedway was honored by NASCAR’s Green Initiative and Arbor Day by being the recipient of ninety-five trees.
The trees have been planted on speedway property not only to help the environment but help abate noise, according to a press release.
Horry County Fire Rescue to host ‘Cup of Joe’ for veterans
The Horry County Fire Rescue will host its inaugural “Cup of Joe” to invite prior service retirees and veterans to have a cup of coffee with area firefighters in one of 20 participating fire stations on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Coffee will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. in the following Stations: Socastee, Forestbrook, Juniper Bay, Scipio, Allens, Hickory Grove, Carolina Bays, Pitch Landing, Iron Springs, Red Bluff, University, Bayboro, Finklea, Little River, Bucksport, Lake Arrowhead, Stephens, Aynor, Carolina Forest and Lees Landing.
Horry County SWA keeps S.C. 90 clean of more than 1,300 pounds of debris this summer
Ninety bags of litter along S.C. 90 near the county’s landfill were picked up from July through September. A total of 1,350 pounds of trash, mainly from debris falling from garbage trucks delivering to the site, were collected and disposed of during that time.
For years, the county has been batting trash pickup along that 8-mile stretch and have even used county inmates in their quest to keep the road free of debris.
Contact JASON M. RODRIGUEZ at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_jrodriguez.