City, county join forces on water project | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 15, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm
Improvements planned in Ruffin’s water service.
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
Colleton County Council and Walterboro City Council have joined forces to improve water service in the Ruffin area.
Walterboro currently has a water line that runs from the city to the Ruffin area to provide water service to some of the residents there.
Both the city and county councils approved resolutions during their April 5 meeting that will seek Community Development Block Grant funds to address to problems with water pressure in the area.
Under the terms of the agreement, Colleton County will undertake the work necessary to secure a CDBG grant to cover the cost of installing a larger water line.
Walterboro would be responsible for providing the 10 percent match for the grant. The city would continue to own and operate the line.
Council members gave a second reading to an ordinance that would amend various sections of the county’s code of ordinance governing flood damage prevention.
The amendments to the existing regulations were suggested by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Flood Mitigation Division on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
A resolution also on the agenda was necessary to meet FEMA guidelines. Council accepted the Lowcountry Region Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan update that is required by the federal government.
The update to the plan, first adopted in 2004, is necessary to seek FEMA funding in coping with a natural disaster and ensures that flood insurance remains available.
A first reading by title only was given to an ordinance that authorized county officials to enter into a special source revenue credit agreement with an unnamed company planning to establish operations within the county. The company has been given the code name Project Deck.
A resolution that also deals with economic development was approved after being discussed in executive session.
Council members approved transferring $150,000 from the Infrastructure/Industrial Development Fund to the Colleton County Intermodal Corporation. The economic development corporation was formed to assist in the on-going plan to have the state-operated Palmetto Railways take over ownership of the former Hampton and Branchville Railroad Company, which stopped operating in Colleton County when SCE&G closed the Canadys Station power plant.
Approval was given to use insurance proceeds from the loss of five Colleton County Sheriff’s Office vehicles to fund the purchase of two new cruisers.
The county’s insurance carrier provided $49,311 for the loss of the vehicles. The money will be used to purchase two 2016 Dodge Chargers at a cost of $34,326 each from the state’s contract holder, Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Inc.
Council also gave a first reading by title only to an ordinance that will eventually become the county’s 2016-2017 budget. Council members have its first budget workshop scheduled for April 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Dogwood Hills Golf Course.
A continuation of the county’s service agreement with Physio Control for Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s Life Pak cardiac monitors-defibrillators and Lucas chest compression systems was approved. The agreement was set to expire June 30.
Council also approved declaring a variety of firefighting and medical equipment as surplus, paving the way for the sale of that equipment or its use as trade ins for new equipment.
It was announced that Colleton County had been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the second straight year.
The award salutes the county government’s work in preparing its comprehensive annual financial report. The awarded was presented to the county’s Finance Director Dennis E. Averkin.
It was pointed out that the award was not possible without the work of the county’s finance department, as well members of the Colleton County Treasurer’s Office, Colleton County Auditor’s Office and the administrative team.
Bill Workman was reappointed to the SouthernCarolina Alliance’s board of directors by county council.
Council approved the county’s continued sponsorship and administration of the Summer Feeding Program.
The month of April was recognized as Fair Housing Month by council members. Council also approved a resolution establishing a policy of non-discrimination and designated Deadgrea Sadler as the county’s ADA Compliance Coordinator.
May 14 was declared Stewardship Day 2016 for the Edisto River Basin. On that day the Friends of Edisto will conduct their annual basin-wide cleanup of the Edisto River.
Council declared May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week of May 8 as Police Week.
Coastal Empire Mental Health Administrator Susanne Douglas and Area Coordinator Angie Sally attended the council session to update council on the work of the state organization in Colleton County and to ask county council to consider providing funding to help fuel their new local initiatives.