Council receives career center update | News | The Press and Standard

by | March 24, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: March 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

Palmetto Training’s Eddie Jackson came to Colleton County Council’s March 7 session to update council members on the vocational education efforts at the Colleton Career Center.
“The skill center is doing really well,” Jackson told council.
The key to the effectiveness of the machinist and welding training offered at the skill center, Jackson said, is the placement rate of the students completing the programs.
“Our placement rate is over 90 percent, higher than anyone in the state,” Jackson said. “A lot of businesses are interested in hiring our welding and machinist graduates.”
Officials from Palmetto Valve in Orangeburg visited the skill center, spending about three hours visiting the facility and its students. “There is a lot of need for the students with the training provided here,” Jackson told council.
He added that in addition to the success of the adult training sessions offered at the skill center, the use of the facility by high school students attending the Colleton County School District’s Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center has been successful, with the students attending the center’s morning and afternoon sessions.
Jackson pointed out that he was recently recertified to teach four more years in the public school system.
Shortly, he added, two students involved in the high school’s machine trades program will be participating in the state competition.
In other business:
Two ordinances that make alterations to Colleton County’s building regulations were given final approval.
One of the measures passed after a public hearing relaxes the code regulations concerning the setbacks for the installation of  residential handicapped access ramps.
The second ordinance, which also had a public hearing prior to passage, eases the regulations concerning the use of campers, recreation vehicles and park model trailers as living accommodations.
The county’s planning commission brought both the proposed changes to county council for approval.
 Council approved accepting a grant to fuel the Colleton County Summer Feeding Program for this year. Last year the operation of the annual summer feeding program was relocated to the Colleton Commercial Kitchen.
 A resolution approved acceptance of a $45,330.60 grant from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety for the purchase of body cameras.
 Council members agreed to waive the county’s building fees and solid waste disposal fees for the annual Mission Serve visit in July. As part of the visit, Mission Serve’s teams of volunteers work on improving and repairing residential properties.
 Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin was given council’s permission to enter into a contract with ACS Enterprise Solutions to supply computer software, hardware and support for a new records management system being placed in the Register of Deeds office.
 A plan to issue a contract to the Pepsi Corporation to supply drink services for the Colleton County Recreation Department was given council’s approval.
 County Council President Joseph Flowers was reappointed to the SouthernCarolina Alliance’s Board of Directors.
 Kelly Griffin came to county council to discuss the county’s stray animal problem. She talked about her spotting stray dogs along the roadway in her travels and finding them roaming around her property.
She said it was her belief that budget constraints were making it hard for the employees of the Colleton County Animal and Environmental Control to keep up with the problem and believes the county council needs to look into reworking the county’s animal control ordinances to provide better enforcement.
 At the end of the public session, Council member Steve Murdaugh brought up a letter council members received concerning the county’s litter problem.
County officials have attempted to try and curb the problem, Murdaugh said, “but it seems to be getting worse.”
Flowers agreed, “We have a big problem with it.” He pointed out that the county has ordinances about littering in place. “We need to get them fined or make them pick up trash as part of their punishment,” he said.
Based on the discussion, council members agreed to further discuss ways to attack the litter problem while county council is working on next fiscal year’s budget.
 Griffin said the work on the proposed budget is progressing and he anticipates scheduling a council budget workshop sometime in the first two weeks of April.

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