Lazarus gives ‘State of the County’ address

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus delivered his "State of the County" address Tuesday evening at the first Horry County Council meeting of 2018.

He focused on the good things of 2017 within the county, and talked about goals for 2018.

Lazarus spoke highly of Horry County Fire Rescue. He says HCFR installed smoke alarms in a lot of homes, and he says those smoke alarms have already proved to be helpful.

One issue WMBF News has covered for months is overtime and staffing issues at HCFR. Lazarus says while it has been a problem, he's confident new recruits will help fill the gaps.

"Recruit classes have more than doubled in size," Lazarus said. "And [they] give the department full staffing to control overtime costs and employee burnout."

Another topic in the speech was roads. Lazarus says roads have always been a priority in the county. He says he's proud of the work of county employees in their work on International Drive.

"They cleared and filled the entire five mile corridor themselves," Lazarus said. "I am confident in saying no other county public works crew in the state of South Carolina could've done what our employees did. It made International Drive a reality with a grand opening slated for this April."

You can read Lazarus' speech in its entirety here:

As we move into a new year, I thought it would be good to take a look back at the accomplishments of 2017. Like many of us, I sometimes pay too much attention to the challenges of the future without being thankful for the successes of the past.

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