Grants received for City Hall repairs

by | August 18, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: August 15, 2018 at 9:44 am

Walterboro City Council approved during the Aug. 7 council session accepting two federal grants that will help defray the costs of improvements to City Hall.
Council approved accepting two grants from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Community Facilities Grant program.
One grant of $50,000 will go to window replacement at City Hall. The total cost of the window replacement is estimated at $115,000. The city will be required to cover the remaining $65,000.
The Historical Preservation Commission will have to sign off on the window design because City Hall is in the historical overlay zone, part of the city’s zoning regulations.
The second grant of $16,500 will be used to replace the roof on city hall.
The total cost of the roof work is projected to be $30,000. The city’s share will be $13,500.
• An ordinance setting the Local Option Sales Tax credit factor for this fiscal year at .001721 was given a first reading.
The state uses a funding formula to determine the credit factor each fiscal year.
• Council members approved a street closure request from the Colleton Baptist Association to hold a Yellow Jacket Prayer Walk the morning of Aug. 18.
The walk will begin at the Colleton Baptist Association Office, 141 Wildwood Dr., on Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. and end at the Colleton County School District office at 213 Jefferies Blvd.
There will be golf carts and trailers available for those wishing to attend but unable to walk the entire route. Participants can also meet the walkers when they arrive at the district office at approximately 10 a.m.
• Approval was also given to the Walterboro Rotary Club’s request for assistance as they prepare for their sixth annual Ireland Creek Bridge Run on Sept. 27.
• Walterboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was given the city’s permission to use the city parking lot as the registration area and approval of the closure of downtown streets for the first annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.
The sorority is working with Hopeful Horizons to conduct the event that seeks to draw attention to the need to eliminate domestic violence.
The group’s hope is to lure 50 men to participate in the walk and invited the male members of city council to enlist others to make the trek in high heeled shoes.

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