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Measures taken to aid in rendered emergency services

Several measures were taken to aid with services rendered by the Colleton Fire-Rescue division during the February 5 Colleton County Council meeting, but one proposal was tabled for further study.

A decision on accepting a low bid of $103,181from Skip Welch Construction for renovations and an addition to the Jacksonboro Fire Station was tabled for further study because bids were also made by a local contractor who came in with bids close to Skip Welch Construction. Councilor Evon Robinson said the local contractor bid just under the county’s three-percent bidding preference. He added the local company is eligible for an additional three percent bedding preference for local minority companies. The situation will be examined to see whether the local company should get the bid.

Bids were accepted from seven low-bidders for the purchase of firefighting equipment; Council awarded a contract for on-site health services for members of the county’s Fire-Rescue members to Fitness Forum for approximately $56,310, depending on the number of physical examinations performed; and Chris Gooding was appointed to serve as a representative of Station 23 for the county’s Fire-Rescue Control Board.

Councilman Evon Robinson said he objected to the wording of the passage within the council agenda concerning the Fire-Recue Control Board appointment. The wording read “Whereas: 1.) Mr. Doug Mixson, a representative on the Fire Rescue Control Board for Station 23, has decided to resign from the board; and 2.) Mr. Mixson nominated Mr. Chris Gooding to replace him on the Fire Rescue Control Board for Station 23; and 3.) County Council is the final authority for appointing for the vacancy.”

Robinson indicated the wording indicated that Mixson had chosen Gooding to replace him on the board, which was not the proper procedure. Fire Rescue Chief Barry McRoy, who attended the meeting, assured council that Gooding had been chosen by the Ashton station members, and not just by Mixson. Council then approved the appointment.

In other business:

–Council authorized the purchase of 2013 Ford F-250 cargo van for $24,881 from Walterboro Motor Sales for use by the Coroner’s Office. The price includes with additional van equipment; the purchase of a 2013 Ford F-250 service truck for use by the Colleton County Recreation Department at a cost of $21,846 from the same dealership; and the purchase of a 90” buzz-saw for $12,519.53 to be used by the county’s Roads and Bridges Department. Funding for these purchases will come from the county’s Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Budget.

–Council passed final reading on an ordinance authorizing the execution and delivery of a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement between Colleton County and Sarlaflex, Incorporated, providing for payment by Sarlaflex of certain fees-in-lieu of Ad Valorem taxes; 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; to amend the agreement for development for a joint county industrial park with Hampton County so as to include additional property in Colleton County as part of the  joint county industrial park; and other related matters.

–Bertha Lee Bryant-Givens, 91, was recognized for her service to her community. Born in Green Pond, she became an ordained minister in 1989, and expressed her community dedication through the distribution of vegetables from her gardens over the years and giving away hand-made quilts.

–After council members heard no comments during a public hearing, they passed final reading of an ordinance that authorized the rezoning of a 7.9-acre tract on Hendersonville Highway from Urban Development-1 to Rural Development-2.

–Second reading passed on an ordinance granting three easements to South Carolina Electric and Gas across a portion of the Colleton County Commerce Park located on McLeod Road near Corporate Way. If approved, these easements will be used in connection with the installation and operation of natural gas facilities. The ordinance will also authorize the execution and recording of the easement documents, and deal with other related matters.

–A ribbon cutting scheduled for last Thursday, Feb. 7, was changed to next Thursday (Feb. 21), at 5 p.m. During an Administrator’s Briefing that is usually held at the beginning of each meeting, Kevin Griffin told council members that there was a 100 percent chance of rain on Feb. 7, so the event was moved to the later date.

–Council approved the minutes of the January 8 meeting.

–Council went into executive session to discuss economic development and personnel matters, but took no action when members went back into the public sector of the meeting.