EDC ok’s timber bid

A bid for timber removal at the Blackville Industrial Park was approved by the Barnwell County Economic Development Corporation at its Dec. 18 meeting.

Attending the meeting were Corporation Board members/EDC Commissioners Steve Jowers, Toby Singletary, Joe Smith, Keith Sloan and Will Kearse.

The bid was approved for S.C. Timber Company to clear timber from a section of the park but the amount was not disclosed as it still has to be approved by the Barnwell County Council at its January meeting.

The action came after a 20-minute closed session.

The corporation board members then adjourned and opened the meeting as the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission.

Tommy Boyleston of SouthernCarolina Alliance, who serves as the EDC’s executive director, said the corporation had received $96,357 from the state Economic Development Fund. The money reimburses the corporation for funds spent for improvements to the Kelly Street property.

Boyleston also reported that money spent for improvements at the Barnwell County Career Center had also been received from the state.

He told commissioners that SCA now has a satellite office on Lee Avenue in Hampton. He said the “McSweeney Building” is a “beautiful three-story building” and meetings are already being held there. He also reassured the commissioners that SCA’s headquarters remains in Barnwell.

The commissioners met for 20 minutes in closed session after which they unanimously approved for Chairman Steve Jowers to sign approval for Boyleston’s travel expenses. They said this was a “last time reimbursement” now that Boyleston is employed by SCA. Commissioner Keith Sloan said the EDC will reimburse SCA “accordingly” for Boyleston’s travel expenses he incurs for the EDC.

The commission agreed not to have a meeting in January 2018 but will come together again in February.