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Courthouse is priority on capital sales tax list Print E-mail
Written by Jerry E. Halmon   

The planned $3,541,423 renovation and expansion of the Bamberg County Courthouse is still “priority” on the list of County Capital Improvement Projects when it comes to the anticipated expenditure of Capital Sales Tax Funds. “We will not deviate from that priority and the projects will be done in order,” Bamberg County Council Chairwoman Alzena Robinson stated at Bamberg County Council’s April 8, meeting in response to a question as to which projects will be funded first.

Attorney Sidney Evering of the Parker Poe Law Firm stated the improvement projects must go in “priority as listed” and more than one project could be done at a time “if it is economically feasible” to do so. In November of last year Bamberg County voters went to the polls and approved a list of nine capital improvement projects that is to be paid for by a one cents sales tax that County businesses will begin collecting on May 1.

Projects in order are:
1. County — Courthouse renovation and expansion for judicial and administrative need—$3,541,423.
2. Olar/Govan — Regional Water System — backup pump and chlorination—$14,604.
3. Olar — Park shed — $6,200
4. Olar — Community building (Grey Den) renovations — $37,000.
5. Bamberg City — Civic Center renovations — $589,000
6. Denmark City — Dane Theatre renovations, including new roof—$60,000.
7. Ehrhardt — Downtown beautification and former town hall restoration — $60,000.
8. Govan — Park shed and park improvements — $15,000.
9. Bamberg EDC — Veterans Memorial construction — $82,500.

Also during Monday night’s meeting: County Finance Director Thomas M. Thomas reported that as of February 20, the County had collected 75 percent of its estimated revenue for the fiscal year. Total revenue collected for February was $261,488, with year-to-date collections of $5,305,008. On the expense side, the County has spent 70 percent of its budget for the fiscal year. Expenditures for March were $564,057 consisting of $129,074 for payroll and $409,727 for accounts payable. Year-to-date expenditures were listed at $4,953,729.

Further along in the meeting Council members heard a request from Eddie Seigler of S & S Disposal that the County consider putting the contracts out for bids for hauling trash from the County’s convenience sites to the landfill. Seigler noted that he had put together a package that could save the County some money. County Administrator Joey Preston noted the County has a contract in place that is renewed every two years. “It’s not a quick fix,” Preston said, adding the County would look at the contract and “ decide where to go from here and do what is best for the County.”

Kell Anderson of SCA reported that 75 students in Bamberg School District One were tested in Work Keys with a 93 percent passing rate. Anderson thanked everyone for attending the Tobul Accumulator grand opening and noted that Masonite in Denmark is planning a similar event in May or June. He noted that water and sewer lines have been extended to the CrossRhodes Park. Anderson stated that SCA is still working with Project “Wolf” site for marketing. All documents have been signed for the old USA Building to be marketed and SCA is working with a new project that has the potential for 100 jobs and represents a $2 million investment.

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