Council approves new manufacturer | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 12, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
Colleton County Council gave its approval to an ordinance that brought a new manufacturing concern to Walterboro during its regular meeting May 3.
Council members approved the ordinance involving a Special Source Revenue Credit agreement between the county and J&L Wire.
J&L Wire, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., will be turning the former Press Printing Building at 387 Mable T. Willis Blvd. into a 31,000-square-foot facility to manufacture its wire decking and shelving.
The Walterboro operation will be J&L Wire’s first facility in the Southeast. The company is investing $2.5 million in developing the facility, which is expected to employ 50 people.
County council held a public hearing and then approved an ordinance that amended various sections of the county’s Code of Ordinances dealing with flood damage prevention.
The changes were required by the state and federal government to bring the local requirements in line with changes on the state and federal level.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was given council approval to submit a grant application for funds from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership.
The sheriff’s office is seeking $37,255 in grant money to purchase 50 bulletproof vests.
Council also gave a second reading to the ordinance that will contain the county’s 2016-2017 budget. The budget has to be approved by council before July 1.
Council members approved naming James M. Bunton Jr. to a seat on the Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and added Edward Ladson Fishburne and Arthur Cecil Utsey IV to Keep Colleton Beautiful.
They also approved advertising for residents to assume vacancies in the county’s various boards and commissions.
Council approved rescheduling the July county council meeting from July 5 to July 26 and canceled the regular August meeting.