Big-ticket technology

by | July 13, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: July 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

The purchase of new technology was the topic of two resolutions on the agenda of the June 26 Colleton County Council session.
The first resolution authorized paying Zuercher Technologies LLC $846,047 for the purchase of the new computer-aided dispatch and phone communication systems to be installed in the new dispatch center being constructed as part of the county’s new Law Enforcement Center.
The new dispatching equipment will replace the existing system, which is 28 years old and not fully compliant with current information technology standards and systems.
The second resolution authorizes an expenditure of $454,759 for the replacement of current information technology and service support used by the county treasurer, county auditor and delinquent tax office. QS/1 Governmental Tax Management Software was given the contract to supply the software services.
• The creation of a special property tax assessment for the rehabilitation of historic property was approved by the council members. Walterboro city officials sought the council’s approval of the special assessment, which they will use to spur renovation of historic commercial properties.
• Council approved an ordinance that alters the zoning requirements for accessory structures. The change recognizes the difference between the residential and commercial use of accessory structures.
• Second reading was given to an ordinance that allows the seven counties that are members of the SouthernCarolina Alliance to enter into an agreement that shares the expense and revenue from the planned creation of the Jasper Ocean Terminal Multi-County Industrial-Business Park.
• Council gave a second reading to an ordinance that alters the land management section of the county’s zoning district regulations to simplify and consolidate the use of residential care facilities and residential care homes in Rural Development-1, Rural Development-2, Urban Development-1 and Urban Development-2 zoning districts.
• As part of the preparation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget, council gave first readings to two ordinances. One would authorize a lease-purchase agreement of up to $2.5 million for the purchase of capital equipment. The second authorizes the issuing and sale of up to $5.3 million in Fire Protection Service General Obligation bonds for Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
• A first reading by title only was given to an ordinance that would authorize updates to the county’s procurement code and amend portions of the fire code
• Zoning changes to two parcels were approved during the council session. Two of the parcels had been home to South Carolina Electric and Gas’s Canadys Station power plant. One part of the plant property had been zoned Rural Development and the other part Village Commercial. They were both rezoned Industrial at the request of the property owners, who are preparing to market it for future development.
• Second reading was given to an ordinance that would rezone a parcel on Wiggins Road from Resource Conservation-1 to Resource Conservation-2. The property owner sought the zoning change.
• Council approved accepting three grants.
Fire-Rescue will receive a $59,995 Local Emergency Management Performance Grant from South Carolina Emergency Management Division and a $30,012 grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Solid Waste Department will receive a $38,850 Waste Tire Grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
• The renewal of the lease agreements between the county and the Colleton Genealogy Society and Lowcountry Community Action Agency were approved.
• Council also approved a renewal of an agreement between Colleton County and the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice for the housing/detention of juveniles.
• The county entered into a $25,746 contract with JB’s Roofing and Construction for the replacement of the roof on the Black Street building that is home to the Colleton County Coroner’s Office.
• Permission was given to waive the building department and solid waste disposal fees for the annual Mission Serve home repair project slated to visit the county July 7-14.
• H&H Electric Service was given a sole source designation for the installation and repairs to the county’s emergency generators.
Several years ago, councilmembers named Generac as the county’s sole source for the purchase of emergency generators. H&H is the only local approved vendor for Generac generator installation and repair.
• Council approved the appointment of Heyward Horton of Colleton County Economic Development as economic development representative, and Kevin Pak of Pak Net Inc. as the business representation on the Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board.
• Rodney B. Colson Sr. was named to fill a vacancy on the Colleton County Recreation Commission, and Leigh Cook was appointed to a vacancy on the Colleton County Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
• Council authorized advertising to fill six vacancies on the Building Department’s Board of Adjustments and Appeals; five vacancies on the Colleton County Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; four vacancies on the Colleton County Planning Commission; three vacancies on the Colleton County Memorial Library Board; two vacancies on the Colleton County Resource and Development Board and single vacancies on the Board of Assessment Appeals, Keep Colleton Beautiful, Colleton County Land Use Zoning Board of Appeals and Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.
• Council members were informed that the Government Finance Officers Association had presented the county a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The honor salutes the county for its comprehensive annual financial report.

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