Courtroom gets a new ceiling, county council approves items | News | The Press and Standard

by | September 15, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: September 13, 2017 at 11:36 am

When the air conditioning unit on the roof of the Colleton County Courthouse was disabled by a lightning strike several months ago, the lack of air conditioning for the main courtroom caused moisture accumulation in the courtroom that, in turn, damaged the courtroom’s ceiling tile.
To deal with the damage as quickly as possible, council members approved an emergency change order to an existing contract with Mitchell Construction Inc.
Mitchell Construction will be paid $62,500 to remove the ceiling tile, which was glued onto the old ceiling, and install a new ceiling.
• A first reading was given to an ordinance that would amend the joint county industrial park agreement between Charleston and Colleton counties.
The agreement would be amended to add the property slated to become the Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC facility. The company and Charleston County have entered into a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement for the new manufacturing facility.
Under the terms of the joint county industrial park agreement, Colleton County receives 1.75 percent of the revenue generated by the fee-in-lieu agreement.
• Council approved accepting a grant from the South Carolina Department of Socials Services to operate a child and adult care food program at the Colleton Commercial Kitchen.
• A resolution given council approval authorized the expenditures of a $75,000 State Aid to Library allocation made to the Colleton County Memorial Library. The funds will be used for a variety of expenditures including the purchase of books, periodicals and audio-visual items.
• Council approved accepting a $51,072.61 South Carolina Department of Public Safety Office of Highway Safety and Justice Program grant for the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office; a $60,102 Local Emergency Management Performance grant for the Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Department; and an $18,980 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. The county accepted the grant for the solicitor’s office because Colleton County handles the financial work for the multi-county office.
• Council gave a second reading to an ordinance that would give Edisto Beach an access easement to a county-owned property at 3002 Lee St.
The easement will allow Edisto Beach officials to install a new well on the property as part of the town’s plan to construct a reverse osmosis water system to improve water quality and quantity.
• Council members approved a resolution that signs off on a partnership agreement between the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and Summit Food Service LLC to provide food service at the Colleton County Detention Center.

• Council approved a renewal of the lease agreements with the Colleton Genealogy Society and the Lowcountry Community Action Agency. The county provides office space for the Colleton Genealogy Society and provides facilities for LCAA’s homeless shelter.
• Council approved the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment.
The Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s 1994 HazMat vehicle is among the items being declared surplus.
The current HazMat vehicle is experiencing numerous mechanical problems and a new replacement vehicle will cost approximately $650,000.
Fire-Rescue has located a used 2007 Hazardous Material truck for sale at a cost of $150,000. The used vehicle will be purchased if it passes inspection by county personnel.
• Council appointed Deborah Hardwick to Keep Colleton Beautiful, Leila W. Williams to Colleton County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Sylvia J. Williams to the Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, R. Ian Padgett to the Colleton County Planning Commission, Jimmy Syfrett to the Colleton County Resource and Development Board and Maryann Blake to the Board of Assessment Appeals.
• An agreement between the county and South Carolina Department of Transportation was approved. The agreement would allow the state to use county equipment and personnel to handle snow and ice removal in an emergency.
• Prince Anthony Rhone, president of the Village Investment Project, attended the council session to ask for council’s assistance in growing the organization’s portable pool project.
• Morgan Reuis of the Southern Carolina Alliance visited county council to present the economic development agency’s quarterly report.

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