County Council approves sale of property
Barnwell County Council approved the sale of property owned by Economic Development Corporation related to “Project Bradley”.
The unanimous vote came at the end of a 3-hour meeting, most of which was in closed session.
No details were given on the project.
Also at the end of the meeting council held first reading of ordinances approving fee in lieu of taxes for five solar projects.
They include Barnwell Solar, Blackville Solar II, Crossroad Solar, Edison Solar and Richardson Solar.
No vote was needed since it was first reading. Three readings are required for approval.
During open session the council was given a quarterly update by SouthernCarolina Alliance Executive Director Danny Black.
Black said there have been 80 new projects region-wide in 2017. The SCA region includes Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties and, very recently, Beaufort County.
Black noted there has been $128,000 in investments and creation of 411 new jobs in the region.
He said there have are 23 active projects considering Barnwell County, 33 site submissions to active projects and eight site visits.
Among the regional announcements is Augusta Fiberglass Coatings for a $625,000 expansion and 12 jobs.
“We are working in every county to get additional product,” he said.
Black said the SCA area’s workforce “is a job force to be reckoned with.”
He also said the SCA staff members have been traveling nationally and internationally on economic development missions.
Black invited the council to attend the opening of a new SCA office in Hampton County on Nov. 28. The SCA’s main office is in Barnwell but the Hampton satellite office will help serve member counties closer to the coast.
Penny tax projects
County Administrator Pickens Williams Jr. in his report said the first revenues from the “penny” 1 percent capital sales tax have been received and projects are underway all over the county.
“We’ve received about $330,000 in the first three months,” said Williams. “I hope this is a good indicator of what we can expect in the future.”
He said the county’s initial project at the landfill is underway and the towns have started local projects.
The council approved the appointment of Scott Church to represent District 3 to the Airport Commission.
Sam McKay was also nominated to the Airport Commission “at large”.
Kimberly Michelle Lee was nominated to the Fire Commission.
The council met for two and a half hours in closed session to discuss issues related to legal matters related to records at the former hospital and personnel matters related to multiple departments.
No action was taken on these matters following the closed session.
In other business:
• Council approved a letter of support for SRP Credit Union to place an ATM in Blackville.