County Administrator Kevin Griffin reported at Tuesday’s County Council meeting that a grant is being made possible by the African American Heritage Foundation in coordination with the USDA to mount two historical markers in Colleton County.
The first marker will be for Adam Carter, the county jailer from 1880 to 1917. He was the only African American who could vote at that time and the only Black jailer. The marker will be installed near the old jail.
The second marker will be for David Sanderson, a former slave and veteran who served as the first Black postmaster from 1873 until 1884. The museum is considering several places to mount the marker.
The county will be searching for living descendants of these two individuals.
• Colleton County Council met virtually voted to continue to do so for the unforeseeable future due to COVID.
• The council also approved the sale of surplus fleet management vehicles. Items for sale are: 1992 Ford F-350, 1993 Peterbuilt front-end loader, 1994 Witzco RG35 trailer, 1999 Sterling L8511 dump truck, 1999 JCB backhoe, 2000 Mack rolloff, 2000 Komatsu motor grader, 2008 Chevrolet Suburban, 2008 JCB backhoe, 2011 club car golf cart, 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2013 Dodge Charger, 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, Kaeser Sigma 5C air compressor, a three-phase air compressor, tire changing machine, and a tire balancer.
• County Council went on to award a contract to CBG, Inc. of Gaston for dirt road rocking and drainage improvements. CBG submitted a winning bid of $864,844 to maintain the following roads: Harbour Court, Jonathan Lane, Sullivan’s Ferry Road (portion,) Jenkins Club Road (portion,) Wirshing Lane, London Lane, Macon Lane, Hughes Drive and Brittlebank Road. CBG was the lowest qualified bidder.
• A grant was awarded to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department by the United States Department of Justice in the amount of $57,741 for the coronavirus emergency. This funding is to aide law enforcement personnel prepare, prevent and respond to the coronavirus. This project allows the sheriff’s office to purchase personal protective equipment for law enforcement such as gloves, masks, sanitizer, as well as address the medical needs of inmates at the Colleton County Detention Center.
• Another grant for $67,368 was awarded to the county by DHEC for completed solid waste reduction and recycling. The county removed and disposed of a stockpile of car, truck, and off-road tires from 963 Moselle Rd in Islandton to a recycling facility. Approximately 7,000 tires were recycled and delivered to a SCDHEC permitted waste tire recycling processor.
• The Council voted to approve the following board vacancies: Hank Amundson for the Colleton County Resource and Development Board; Gregory Smalls and Linda Ingram for the Board of Disabilities and Special Needs; Ian Saunders, Benjamin Scott Cook and Maryann Blake for the Colleton County Planning Commission; Tamara Chisolm Dobison for the Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; and Philip Rizer and William Drawdy for Land Use Zoning Board of Appeals.
There are still board vacancies for Board of Adjustments and Appeals (heating/air and plumbing), Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority (Breeze), Board of Disabilities and Special needs, Colleton County Planning Commission, Colleton County Memorial Library, and Land Use Zoning Board of Appeals, Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail Committee.
• Members of the Council unanimously agreed to continue leasing buildings to the Colleton Genealogy Society located at 609 Black Street, and Lowcountry Community Action Agency at 615 Black St., used as a homeless shelter.