County Council modifies ordinances

by | September 26, 2018 9:45 am

Colleton County Council approved an ordinance at their Sept. 11 meeting that cleaned up some antiquated legislation that governed Colleton County Fire-Rescue operations as well as how county council names its leadership.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said that Fire-Rescue has been operating the countywide Emergency Medical Service for the past 15 years but it has not been in the county’s code.
The primary reason for the update was to outline fire-rescue’s operation of the county’s emergency management. What was the Colleton County Emergency Management Department is now the Emergency Management Division of Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
The ordinance that governs how county council selects its chairman and vice-chairman was also modified by the ordinance.
Several years ago, council voted to establish a rotating system to allow everyone on council have the opportunity to serve as chairman or vice-chairman.
Prior to that council members would nominate members to serve as chairman and vice-chairman and then vote on the candidates.
The amendment takes the selection back to that old process. Council will elect a new chairman and vice-chairman in the January meeting of even-numbered years.
Colleton County Council members gave approval to an ordinance that would establish the mechanism to guide the sale of the county’s spec building at the Colleton Commerce Center. The building and surrounding acreage will be sold to an unidentified company to establish a manufacturing facility in the 100,000-square-foot building.
The spec building was constructed in 2014 and was designed and constructed so it could be expanded to up to 600,000 square feet. Since finished, the spec building and acreage has been for sale at a price of $2,250,000.
Under the terms of the ordinance, the county will turn over ownership of the facility to one of the economic development non-profit entities established by county council several years ago. Colleton County Economic Development Corporation One will then negotiate the sale of the spec building.
A second ordinance that will formally identify the unnamed company did not see its way onto council’s Sept. 11 agenda. The ordinance, which would authorize a fee-in-lieu agreement between the county and the company, still needs a public hearing and third reading before passage.
The proposed agreement will have the food product packaging manufacturing concern investing approximately $70 in new machinery and equipment and employing approximately 360 full-time workers within five years of operation.
Action on the fee-in-lieu was delayed at the request of the South Carolina Commerce Department.
n Colleton County Council approved an ordinance that cleaned up some antiquated legislation that governed Colleton County Fire-Rescue operations as well as how county council names its leadership.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said that Fire-Rescue has been operating the countywide Emergency Medical Service for the past 15 years but it has not been in the county’s code.
The primary reason the update was to alert the code to outline fire-rescue’s operation of the county’s emergency management. What had been Colleton County Emergency Management Department is now the Emergency Management Division of Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
The ordinance that governs how county council selects its chairman and vice-chairman was also modified by the ordinance.
Several years ago, council voted to establish a rotating system to allow everyone on council have the opportunity to serve as chairman or vice-chairman.
Prior to that council members would nominate members to serve as chairman and vice-chairman and then vote on the candidates.
The amendment takes the selection back to that old process. Council will elect a new chairman and vice-chairman in the January meeting of even-numbered years.
 An ordinance approved the sale of up to $6 million in Fire Protection Service General Obligation Bonds for Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
Later in the meeting, council members approved two resolutions that will allow Fire-Rescue to begin using the proceeds from the planned bond sale to purchase equipment.
One resolution authorized the purchase of three pumpers at a cost of $1,194,297; two ambulances at a cost of $536,390; and two power-load stretcher systems at a cost of $63,040.81.
A second resolution authorized trading in 16 cardiac monitors/defibrillators for $104,000 and then using those proceeds to defray the cost of purchasing 17 new cardiac monitors-defibrillators at a cost of $441,743.63.
 Council also approved entering into a lease-purchasing financing agreement not to exceed $2.5 million for vehicles and equipment for other county departments.
 Approval was given to accept a $125,219 Child and Adult Care Food Program Grant from the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
The funds will be used by the county to administer the program. The food will be prepared at the Colleton Commercial Kitchen and delivered.
The students enrolled in the school district’s after-school program will be among those served by the program, which runs from Oct. 1 to May 30, 2019 and then the month of September in 2019.
 Council members approved accepting two grants from the South Carolina Attorney General’s office.
A $279,934 Violence Against Women Act Grant and a $69,593 Victims of Crime Act Grant were accepted on behalf of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The county handles the solicitor office’s finances.
 A second 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. The easement, which would allow the utility to provide electrical service to Lowcountry Aviation LLC at the Lowcountry Regional Airport, needs the approval of the county, Walterboro council and the members of the Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission.
 The same three entities have to approve another measure that was given a second reading at the council session.
The city, county and airport commission need to approve relinquishing right of first refusal and other restrictive covenants in the deed to ease the sale of the land and building at 360 Anderson Rd.
Universal Distributors LLC is seeking to sell the building and land to Coastal Land Holdings LLC.
 A first reading by title only will ratify fiscal year 2018 grant and budget resolutions.
 Authorization was given to advertise for volunteers to fill vacant posts on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Board of Assessment Appeals, Keep Colleton Beautiful, Colleton County Memorial Library, Lowcounry Regional Transportation Authority and Colleton County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

 

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