County Council approves move to help Jasper port project

by | August 23, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Colleton County Council gave its final approval to an ordinance that has the county joining a region-wide effort to see the Jasper port proposal given new life.
An ordinance passed at council’s Aug. 14 session allows the seven counties that make up 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.
A renewed effort to move the long-debated Jasper port project forward has been undertaken by the state legislators who represent Colleton County and the other Lowcountry counties that stand to benefit economically by the development of the port.
• John Fleming of the SouthernCarolina Alliance visited the council session to give members the quarterly report of the economic development consortium’s operations.
Fleming told council members that in the second quarter of 2018, 20 active projects were considering Colleton County.
• Council approved 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.
• Council approved the rezoning of a parcel of land on Wiggins Road from Resource Conservation-1 to Resource Conservation-2. The county’s Planning Commission had recommended the move.
• Councilmen approved a resolution voicing their support for the issuance of up to $20 million in bonds by the S.C. Jobs-Economic Development Authority to Palmetto Goodwill Project. The county will have no fiscal responsibility in the bond issuance.
Goodwill will use the bond proceeds to refinance eight existing facilities including the one at 112 Robertson Blvd.
• First reading was given to an ordinance that would grant an easement to South Carolina Electric and Gas to provide the utility access to a portion of county-owned land at Robertson Boulevard and Aviation Way.
• An ordinance to relinquish the county’s right of first refusal and other restrictive covenants to ease the sale of the land and building at 360 Anderson Rd. was given first reading. Universal Distributors LLC is seeking to sell the building and land to Coastal Land Holdings LLC.
The Walterboro-Colleton Airport Commission already approved the relinquishing of the restrictive covenants. It also has to be approved by Walterboro City Council.
• Council approved a series of three measures designed to allow the Fire Commission to purchase of two used fire vehicles from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus of Huntsville, Ala.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue will purchase a used 2007 E-One mid-mount tower truck at a cost of $399,000 and a 2010 Deep South-Kenwood pumper tanker at a cost of $191,000. The funds will come from the 2018 Fire Improvement Bond.
Those bonds have not been sold as yet. Council members also gave first reading to an ordinance that would authorize the sale of up to $5.5 million in fire protection service general obligation bonds.
To allow for the timely purchase of the used firefighting vehicles, council approved a resolution to use county funds to cover the Fire-Rescue expenditures and then be reimbursed once the bonds have been sold.
By Aug. 16, Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel were on their way to Alabama to take ownership of the vehicles and return them to their new home.
• Council also approved entering into a lease-purchasing financing agreement not to exceed $2.5 million that would be used for vehicles and equipment for other county departments.
• Council members approved a resolution belatedly proclaiming Gullah-Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. The honorary week was held earlier in the month.

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