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  • Tue, April 07, 2020 2:42 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    HBA Members,

    Please feel free to use this letter for your employees to have in their possession as they go about their business.   In case anyone were to ask them, it is an explanation of their work classification.  Call us if you have any problems.   It's a Word document so you can edit as you see fit.  

    Do not use this letter if you are not a member of HBA of Spartanburg.  


    CV Mark N letter that you are essen bus 4-7.docx



  • Tue, April 07, 2020 12:20 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    FROM MARK NIX, HBA OF SC  April 7, 2020

    Thanks to Governor McMaster South Carolina has the best language outlining essential businesses anywhere in the country. In his press conference yesterday, Governor McMaster issued  a mandatory “Home-or-Work Order” in place beginning today, Tuesday, April 7th, at 5:00 pm to. This new order MAKES NO CHANGES to the current list of non-essential businesses that must close (those non-essential businesses are listed below). Those listed are the only businesses prohibited from working. Our industry was helped further by the order stating, “Individuals are performing any essential services identified by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s guidance, including amendments thereto, for continued critical infrastructure viability” (see list below). That helps us further news. The Governor’s previous orders state that his orders “supersedes and preempts” any part of a local ordinance that conflicts with his order. This language prohibits a local governing authority from an ordinance/order that is more stringent than the Governors and the order now lists all industries in construction. We must be vigilant to ensure that ANYONE on our job-sites abides by the "social distancing requirements" and the other COVID-19 safety precautions. We do not want to provide any reason for our freedoms to be taken away.HBA of SC “Stand Aware” jobsite safety materials will be out today .  Please pass to fellow industry professionals

    Please feel free to call me with any questions.

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    1. Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors, as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security unless otherwise addressed in a prior or future executive order pertaining to the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency.

    2. Healthcare and related operations including:
    • biotechnology therapies
    • consumer health products and services
    • doctor and dentist offices
    • elder care, including adult day care
    • health care plans and health care data
    • home health care workers or aides
    • hospitals
    • manufacturing, distributing, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, including research and development
    • medical marijuana dispensaries and producers
    • medical supplies and equipment providers, including devices, diagnostics, services, and any other healthcare related supplies or services
    • medical wholesale and distribution
    • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
    • pharmacies
    • physical therapy and chiropractic offices
    • research and laboratory services, including testing and treatment of COVID-19
    • veterinary and animal health services
    • walk-in-care health facilities

    3. Infrastructure including:
    • airports/airlines
    • commercial trucking
    • dam maintenance and support
    • education-related functions at the primary, secondary, or higher education level to provide support for students, including distribution of meals or faculty conducting e-learning
    • hotels and other places of accommodation
    • water and wastewater operations, systems, and businesses
    • telecommunications and data centers
    • transportation infrastructure including bus, rail, for-hire vehicles and vehicle rentals, and garages
    • utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission

    4. All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses
    5. Retail including:
    • appliances, electronics, computers, and telecom equipment
    • big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries, consumer health products, or operate a pharmacy
    • convenience stores
    • gas stations
    • grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers
    • guns and ammunition
    • hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair
    • liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees
    • pharmacies
    • pet and pet supply stores

    6. Food and agriculture, including:
    • farms and farmer’s markets
    • food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities 
    • nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
    • restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

    7. Services including:
    • accounting and payroll services
    • animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting 
    • auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance
    • bicycle repair and service
    • building cleaning and maintenance
    • child care services
    • critical operations support for financial institutions
    • financial advisors
    • financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services
    • funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries
    • insurance companies
    • laundromats/dry cleaning
    • legal and accounting services
    • mail and shipping services
    • marinas and marine repair and service
    • news and media
    • real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting
    • religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)
    • storage for Essential Businesses
    • trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing
    • warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

    8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:
    • food banks
    • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
    • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

    9. Construction including:
    • all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 
    • general construction, both commercial and residential
    • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
    • planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

    • ·           Workers supporting the construction of housing, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and serve the construction of housing (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of government shutdown).

      10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):
      • building cleaners or janitors
      • building code enforcement
      • disinfection
      • doormen
      • emergency management and response
      • fire prevention and response
      • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
      • home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services
      • landscaping services
      • law enforcement
      • outdoor maintenance, including pool service
      • pest control services
      • security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses
      • state marshals


      11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: 
      • billboard leasing and maintenance
      • child care services
      • essential government services
      • government owned or leased buildings
      • information technology and information security
      • logistics
      • technology support

      12. Defense 
      • defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

     

    •  
    • Non-Essential
    • ·           Entertainment venues:
      (1) Night clubs
      (2) Bowling alleys
      (3) Arcades
      (4) Concert venues
      (5) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
      (6) Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
      (7) Racetracks
      (8) Indoor children’s play areas
      (9) Adult entertainment venues
      (10) Casinos
      (11) Bingo halls
      (12) Venues operated by social clubs

      Athletic facilities and activities:
      (1) Fitness centers and commercial gyms
      (2) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
      (3) Yoga, barre, and spin facilities
      (4) Spectator sports
      (5) Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
      (6) Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
      (7) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

      Close-contact service providers:
      (1) Barber shops
      (2) Hair salons
      (3) Waxing salons
      (4) Threading salons
      (5) Nail salons and spas
      (6) Body-art facilities and tattoo services
      (7) Tanning salons
      (8) Massage-therapy establishments and massage services


  • Thu, April 02, 2020 1:03 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)


  • Wed, April 01, 2020 11:00 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Governor McMaster put out his latest executive order yesterday afternoon ( Mar. 31)   There was no “shelter-in place” order, but he did share a list of non-essential businesses that would be effected. The list is included in the attached order but for ease , it is also listed below  The Governor has stopped short of a shelter in place order because he feels most folks are already staying home.   It is changing quite quickly so what we hear at noon may not be what happens at five.

     Entertainment venues:

    (1) Night clubs

    (2) Bowling alleys

    (3) Arcades

    (4) Concert venues

    (5) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers

    (6) Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)

    (7) Racetracks

    (8) Indoor children’s play areas

    (9) Adult entertainment venues

    (10) Casinos

    (11) Bingo halls

    (12) Venues operated by social clubs

     

    Athletic facilities and activities:

    (1) Fitness centers and commercial gyms

    (2) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools

    (3) Yoga, barre, and spin facilities

    (4) Spectator sports

    (5) Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet

    (6) Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment

    (7) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

     Close-contact service providers:

    (1) Barber shops

    (2) Hair salons

    (3) Waxing salons

    (4) Threading salons

    (5) Nail salons and spas

    (6) Body-art facilities and tattoo services

    (7) Tanning salons

    (8) Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

    2020 Apr CV Gov Exec order.pdf


  • Fri, February 07, 2020 2:22 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    HBA of SC is working hard for you!

    HBA OF SC LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES – STATUS AS OF 2-7-2020

    As we begin the 2nd year of the 2019-2020 legislative session we continue to monitor hundreds of bills and fight to protect the home building industry. While we are working to pass a number of bills, these are our top priorities:

                  

    Business License Reform

    The HBASC and our trade association partners have worked for years to improve the business license environment in South Carolina. Our members have expressed significant concerns with the current system, and approved this issue as the HBASC's number one priority last session. Rep. Jay Jordan from Florence introduced H.4431 that includes many changes to the current business license tax system that provides more than $300 million annually to county and local municipalities. This bill would help provide responsible reform to a fee that continues to grow an average of almost 5% yearly and silently cost every S.C household more than $500 a year. Included in the proposed reforms is a portal run through the S.C.'s Secretary of States office, standardized forms, and changing from gross revenue to net.

    The Business License Ad Hoc Subcommittee has a meeting scheduled this coming week to take up this bill.

    Roll Back Taxes

    Currently land classified for agriculture use is taxed at a lower level than commercial and residential land but when this land is converted to residential or commercial usage the new owner is forced to pay roll-back taxes. The newly acquired or reclassified property is then taxed based upon the full value previously determined by the county, and five years of "roll-back" taxes are due. Rep. Steven Long (RSpartanburg) introduced legislation that would limit the roll-back tax penalty to one year instead of the last five years when converting agriculture property to residential or commercial use.

    The bill is on the Senate floor where it is waiting to be taken up once the Senate finishes discussing Education.

    S.C. Building Codes Reform

    The HBASC has worked with a number of groups to create the South Carolina Building Codes bill. This state specific code would allow for a more efficient and effective code adoption process. The new code would be tailored to the safety and affordability of homeowners in South Carolina. A S.C. Building Codes would save homeowners thousands of dollars from unnecessary and frequent changes and allow for improved efficiency for builders, tradesmen, code officials and inspectors. The S.C. Building Codes bill would allow S.C. to join a national movement to a six year code adoption cycle from the current three year cycle.



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