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County being charged for e-waste disposal that was supposed to be free service

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Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin told council members that the South Carolina Budget and Control Board is charging our county for disposing of e-waste when he was originally was informed that there would no fee for that service during the administrator’s briefing portion of the meeting. He said that, originally, all of the counties within the state were mandated to collect e-waste, but the state would collect it at no charge. But later the Budget and Control Board started charging counties for e-waste collection, and collected from the state agencies for free. Councilman Phillip Taylor asked how many months the county has been charged for the service, and Griffin replied, “Three months now.” Council concurred that the situation needs to be looked into.

Griffin also told council that a support-wire being used to stabilize a 266-foot radio tower being used by the county was unintentionally cut by a tree service employee and the tower came down, rendering it useless. He said that, the company has agreed to pay to replace it at no charge. Griffin added, however, that the county is looking at other options.

Griffin also said construction work on the outlying fire stations within the county is progressing well, and the renovations at the Colleton County Recreation Center are nearing completion. He added that cyber security that senses attempted equipment intrusions has been installed and the county hardware and software is well-protected. He added the county has no social security numbers with their systems.

In other business:

–After no comments were heard at a public hearing, third and final reading passed on an ordinance to provide for a fee-in-lieu of tax arrangement for Crescent Dairy and Beverages LLC; to provide for special-source revenue credits to fund infrastructure improvements; to provide for the allocations of fees-in-lieu of taxes payable under the Agreement for Development for a joint county industrial park with Hampton County; and other related matters. These provisions are to help with the implementation of the new dairy facility into the county’s new Industrial Area off McLeod Road near I-95.

In a related move, third reading also passed on an ordinance to provide for the sale of property owned by the county to Crescent Dairy and Beverages, LLC, and other related matters.

–Second reading passed on an ordinance that would include a ban registered sex offenders entering into or upon any facility within the county hosting an event for children.

–A proclamation was read to honor Colleton County Animal Control Officer Edward Spears for attaining National Certification.

–Second reading passed on an amendment to the county’s Business Construction Ordinance dealing with flood provision that would add the definition of “enclosure” to one section and the repealing of another section.

–A resolution passed to designate a county-owned location near Bennett’s Point Landing for the installation of an oyster shell collection facility by a local shellfish group working with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

–A resolution passed to authorize the acceptance of the budgeting of funds for various grants that been received for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

–A resolution passed to establish upcoming county-designated Christmas holidays.

–First reading passed on the ratification of fiscal year 2012 grant and budget resolutions and related appropriations for all funds; the ratification of the transfer resolution and other resolutions previously authorized by council; and other related matters.

–Council passed first reading on an ordinance to amend the county’s zoning district regulations in order to meet modern industrial requirements.

–First reading passed on an ordinance to amend the hunting and fishing camp clause of the zoning ordinance in order to comply with the standards of the rural counties with significant hunting populations.

–Several board and commission appointments were made. Ian Padgett was appointed to the Colleton County Planning Commission; Esther Black was appointed to the Lowcountry Council of Governments; and Elaine Kiser and Robin Crosby were appointed to the Colleton County Board of Assessment Appeals.

–Sheriff George Malone appeared before council and thanked members and the administrator and his staff for all the assistance his office has been given his office during his eight-year tenure. He noted that the administration usually has been receptive to his requests. “I thank you for that. Without this, we would not have achieved some of the successes that we have had.”

–Outgoing South Carolina House District 120 Representative Bill Bowers appeared before Council, stating that he has tried to serve the county well during his 16 years in office. “I became a delegate in 1886 (laughter)… umm 1996. I’ve been here to help Colleton County all that I can.” He added that yesterday’s competitors have to be tomorrow’s partners, adding that he publicly thanks both council members and all of the county’s citizens for their patronage. Although Bowers will return as a legislator next year, redistricting has removed our county as one of his legislative areas.

–Councilman Taylor asked Edisto Beach residents Iris Hill and Pete Anderson, who attended the meeting, whether Hurricane Sandy had any effect on the beach. Pete replied that there were fairly severe winds and high tides, which caused beach erosion. “We may need some assistance,” he added.

–Several Colleton County Fire/Rescue Marshalls attending the meeting were recognized by Councilman Gene Whetsell, as was Colleton Transportation Committee, member Roland Gruber.