Airport development measures move forward | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | January 13, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: January 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
Colleton County Council’s first meeting of 2017 found council members taking care of several measures dealing with new businesses moving into the airport industrial park area.
A public hearing followed by council’s approval for an ordinance that provides the county’s backing to the issuance of a quit claim deed to Sealcraft Corp.
The deed, which has to be approved by the county, Walterboro City council and the Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission, involves a five-acre tract of land on Wellston Circle in the airport industrial park.
The quit claim deed eases Sealcraft’s purchase of the property.
Joint approval by the county, Walterboro City Council and the airport commission is also required for Lowcountry Aviation Company to obtain a commercial ground lease.
The new company plans to construct a new building on the airport grounds that would enable the business to offer a wide range of aviation services.
Lowcountry Aviation Company is expected to invest approximately $3.2 million in building and equipment and expects to eventually have approximately 127 full-time employees.
Walterboro and Colleton County officials have to sign off on the moves because the two jointly own the land housing the airport, as well as the surrounding acreage.
Council also approved accepting a $250,000 grant from SCANA, the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas, to be used in establishing Lowcountry Aviation Company’s facilities at the airport.
Council members gave a second reading to an ordinance that would amend the joint county industrial park agreement with Hampton County.
The agreement adds JGBR Walterboro Corp. facility on Jefferies Boulevard to the joint industrial park, a move that enables the ball bearing manufacturer to seek enhanced jobs tax credit.
Council approved an ordinance that sets up a lease-purchasing program that would be used to purchase capital items. The county routinely uses a lease-purchase program for the purchase of equipment. The amount of the lease-purchasing agreement would not exceed $2 million. The move came following a public hearing.
A resolution approving the acceptance of a $132,750 grant from Coastal Electric Cooperative was approved. The funds will be used for industrial infrastructure development.
A first reading was given to a proposed ordinance that would alter the county’s zoning code to address the growth in the county’s elderly population.
To accommodate mobility issues of the county’s senior citizens, the amendment would change the existing code to ease the setback restrictions for handicapped access ramps.
Another zoning change would address the increasing use of campers and recreational vehicles and park model trailers as living quarters and the expansion of the use of those structures at hunting and recreational camping areas. The change was given a first reading by council.
Council approved the purchase of a tractor with backhoe from the state contract holder, John Deere of Hampton, at a cost of $47,241.42. The tractor will be used by the county’s Facilities Management Department.
A resolution was approved accepting $36,956.52 in state lottery funds for use by the Colleton County Memorial Library. The funds will be used for the purchase of books and periodicals, electronic resources and major equipment and furniture.
Council approved removing Dorothy Smoak from the Colleton County Memorial Library Board of Trustees for multiple absences from board meetings.
Council approved designating a variety of motor vehicles and other equipment as surplus to allow their sale on GovDeals.com or use for trade-ins for replacement purchases.
Council approved the purchase of a Generac generator at a cost of $34,786.34 and authorized a payment of $26,600 to H&H Electrical Services to install the generator at the Old Jail Building.
Council approved advertising to fill three vacancies on Keep Colleton Beautiful, the Colleton County Recreation Commission and the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, and single vacancies on the Colleton County Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.
At the beginning of the meeting, Joseph Flowers took over as chairman from Steve Murdaugh and Gene Whetsell became vice chairman.
In other housekeeping moves, Flowers, Whetsell and Evon Robinson will continue to represent the county on the Lowcountry Council of Governments. Flowers appointed Robinson, Whetsell and Phillip Taylor to the Lowcountry Community Action Agency Board and Taylor will join Flowers on the Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission.