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Calhoun County is making progress planning the second phase of renovations at the John Ford Community Center.

A county council committee has been meeting with the project manager and architect about the renovations.

Since last month, “The members of the committee have been focusing on making adjustments to the plans for the layout of both the gymnasium and kitchen areas,” Assistant County Administrator Ted Felder said during Monday’s council meeting.

The county has since received updated plans from the project manager reflecting changes in the total number of bathrooms, where the new bathrooms will be placed and potential uses of existing spaces.

“There have been email communications as well as phone calls and progress is being made,” Felder said.

The council committee dealing with the issue includes Vice Chairman James Haigler and Councilman Ken Westbury.

In other business:

• County Finance Director Denise Christmas delivered the year-end financial report.

The county budgeted a general fund of $12.5 million. Its expenditures to date have been $12,026,759, including almost $2.3 million for capital improvements such as the purchase of three firetrucks and preliminary work on courthouse construction.

The county has collected $11,439,517 in revenue and another $518,493 is pending.

Christmas also announced that the county has gotten a new revenue stream through the state Treasurer’s Office.

“Each quarter, we’ll receive some funding for the rental of heavy equipment within our county,” she said.

This quarter, the county received $11,583.

• Council approved the renewal of a contract with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice to pay $50 per day for any Calhoun County juvenile housed at SCDJJ.

• Council renewed a $625,000 contract with Orangeburg County for detention services to house prisoners from Calhoun County and municipalities in Calhoun County.

• Council approved a resolution to refinance two Regional Medical Center bonds. The bonds are $6.9 million and $24 million.

• A resolution was approved granting RMC permission to start providing services in Bamberg and Barnwell counties through a proposed emergency facility. The hospital is planning an $8.63 million, 20,500-square-foot emergency department for Bamberg and Barnwell counties.

• Council approved a procurement policy resolution encouraging female minority contractors to submit bids for different projects. County Administrator Lee Prickett said this is something the county already does, but it is good to have in writing. He added that the county already has several female minority contractors with projects.

• Council approved the county applying for a Site Enhancement Grant from the Department of Commerce and a commitment of $83,000 in local funds.

• Felder said the county will hold a solar eclipse festival in the government complex area from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21.

It will have food, rock painting, vendors, eclipse information and viewing glasses available.

Felder added that there will be an extra EMS shift working in case anyone needs medical assistance from looking directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection.

The eclipse will give total coverage to Calhoun County beginning at approximately 2:42 p.m.

• Third readings were postponed for two ordinances. One amends the county’s code of ordinances to require and adopt a wastewater pre-treatment program. The second adopts a typical section drawing for a roadway that would carry a high percentage of traffic using tandem/triaxle trucks.

• First reading was given to an ordinance for the issuance and sale of $360,000 in general obligation bonds.

Contact the writer: jmack@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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Government Reporter

John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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