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County Council board members were presented with a clean audit report during the regular business meeting on Tuesday Feb. 4.
David Irwin of Mauldin & Jenkins Auditors praised the county officials for the achievement. “A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report goes beyond the basic requirements of annual financial reporting, and the county should be commended for going beyond the minimum and providing such a report,” said Irwin.
He went on to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association reviewed Colleton’s financial report and determined that the county should be awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
“This is a prestigious award, and we congratulate you. We could not have accomplished this audit in a timely manner without the excellent work and cooperation of County Treasurer Becky Hill, County Finance Director Jon Carpenter and County Administrator Kevin Griffin.
In other business, the 2020 annual Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) County Needs Assessment set priorities to include: economic development for improvements of buildings, infrastructure, rail access, spurs, roads, water, sewer, and airport; recreation development to improve bike trails, boat ramps, and parks; public safety improvements for fire and sheriff substations and training facilities; public facilities and infrastructure for landfill recycling, upgrades for boat landings, demolition of blighted areas, technology for county facilities; roads/bridges/drainage upgrades for dirt roads, culvert repairs, and road drainage; transportation improvements on the I-95 corridor, intersections, McLeod Road, various streets and Highway 303 sidewalk construction; tourism and marketing increases for beautification, litter control, billboards, signs, videos; and housing for USC Salk students and flood victims.
• The Colleton County Code of Laws was amended to include new mandated codes. Board member Dr. Joseph Flowers remarked that many of the codes were onerous and complex for businesses. “I want to remind everyone that these are not our codes; these must be passed as mandated by law for insurance purposes. I know this makes things more difficult for property owners, but we are required to do this by law.”
• Board member Art Williams asked for an update on the empty Floyd Buckner building. County Administrator Kevin Griffin said there was no plan at the moment and decisions regarding the building’s future would need to be discussed during the upcoming retreat.
• Williams also inquired regarding the purchase of 90 proposed vehicles the county had ordered. At present, 20 have been delivered, and new law enforcement vehicles were having necessary equipment installed.
• Another question from Williams concerned county employees receiving a discount for joining the Recreation Center’s gym. Griffin remarked that talks were in the works regarding this situation, and hopefully a decision would be reached soon.
• Kudos were expressed to the Colleton Fire-Rescue for their state-of-the-art center plan for using whole blood on ambulances.
• The board appointed Frankie Varnadoe, Nancy Davis and Nancy Wright to serve on the Colleton County Grievance Committee.
Dawn Davis and Jonathan Burroughs were elected to serve on the Keep Colleton Beautiful board.
• May 9 is Stewardship Day 2020 for the Edisto River Basin. Friends of Edisto (FRED) will be conducting a basin-wide cleanup of the Edisto River on Saturday May 9. They hope to increase public awareness of the beauty of the Edisto, as well as to promote the cleanup of the river and its tributaries. Kevin Griffin plans to coordinate with the Solid Waste Department for placement of local banners advertising the event, and the pickup of trash on May 11.