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Town of Ehrhardt still interested medical center Print E-mail
Written by Jerry E. Halmon   

Ehrhardt Town Council members are still interested in having a healthcare facility located in town. Council members noted at the Tuesday, November 19, 2013, meeting they will plan to get back in touch with Family Health Center of Orangeburg CEO Leon Brunson about bringing a healthcare facility to the town, as well as touch base with officials of the Colleton Medical Center about opening a satellite office in Ehrhardt.

Plans are to make contact with a medical group in Fairfax to see if they would be interested in locating a health care facility in Ehrhardt. It was noted a new health care facility would also help support the new pharmacy that recently located in town.

It has been more than a year since Family Health Centers of Orangeburg CEO Leon Brunson and members of his staff met with the citizens of Ehrhardt on February 7, 2012, to discuss bringing a possible healthcare facility to the town. That February 7, meeting attracted a standing room only crowd of Ehrhardt citizens, who expressed their interest in seeing a new health care facility in town.

Brunson stated in that meeting that he was “excited” to see all the people that showed up to express their interest in health care, and the next step was to raise the necessary money to bring a medical facility to the town, which was estimated to cost approximately $100,000. It was commented the town had applied for a grant and would be meeting with Senators Brad Hutto and John Matthews.

Brunson stated in a January 18, meeting with Ehrhardt Town Council he had done some research and found that about 1,452 people lived within a five mile radius of the town of Ehrhardt which was “a sufficient number” of people to have a health clinic.

When asked about a possible time frame for a clinic The Family Health Center of Orangeburg CEO said he wanted to see a commitment from Representative Bakari Sellers and Bamberg County Council before he could determine a time frame.

Also during Tuesday night’s meeting Public Safety Chief Chad Dilling reported the Ehrhardt Fire Department responded to three fire calls during the month. The department will hold its annual Soup Supper on December 9, after the town’s Christmas Parade. Chief Dilling reported the police department created a total of six case files during the month including a number driving under suspension (DUS) cases. Officer Sandifer will report to the police academy on December 1.

Further in the meeting, it was reported that all the right-of-ways (except for one) for putting in a sidewalk on Highway 601 to the Family Dollar store had been signed and taken to the county administrator’s office. It is estimated it will be at least three months before actual work on the sidewalk begins.

The Ehrhardt Christmas Parade will be held on December 9, at 6:00pm. Work will begin on putting up the town’s Christmas lights next week. Council members were encouraged to support the new pharmacy that located in town last week and “tell other people about it. It’s real nice and a major investment in the community,” Mayor Stanley said in asking the town’s citizens to support the new pharmacy.

Council members are still looking at coming up with matching funds (55/45) for a $480,000 EPA Grant for the town’s wastewater system that would run several new sewer lines in the town.

In the public comments portion of the meeting, Council members heard from Cecil and Shirley Risher about the condition Folk Stone Road, which was noted has pot holes that are getting “deeper and deeper.” It was commented that there had been a problem determining whether the road was on the county’s or town’s maintenance list. And town officials will work with County Council member Clint Carter in seeing what could be done about the road. Mr. and Mrs. Risher were told if the road was not scraped by the next meeting to come back before town council.

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