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Calhoun County Council appointed three people to the Capital Projects Sales Tax Committee during Monday’s meeting.

Chairman David Summers nominated Drake Perrow of Cameron, Councilman John Nelson nominated Ginger Hardee of Swansea and Councilman James Haigler nominated Samuel Holman of St. Matthews. All nominations were approved.

Hardee, Perrow and Holman will join Ronald Chestnut and Webb Carroll, who were appointed by the town of St. Matthews. Cameron will also make an appointment.

“We’ve got to get the committee working as soon as possible,” County Administrator Lee Prickett said.

Calhoun County Council is considering asking voters in November if they want a new, 1 percent sales tax to funding building projects. The tax could generate about $5.2 million over its seven-year duration.

The committee will determine what the tax proceeds could be spent on.

Council will then be able to consider an ordinance placing the issue before the voters.

If it approves the ordinance, voters will be asked in November if they approve the tax. The ballot will include a list of the projects that would be funded with the money.

In other news:

• Council approved the removal of the swimming pool at the old country club, which the county purchased.

The cost to upgrade the 15-year-old pool could be $40,000 or more, Prickett said. Also, the YMCA of Orangeburg declined to operate the pool.

The county’s recreation committee recommended that the pool be removed.

• Council approved two changes regarding the county’s health insurance. Human Resources Director Brandy Robinson recommended that the county choose Blue Choice as both their health and dental insurance carrier. Robinson made the recommendation based on an increase in costs from previous carriers United Health Care and Met Life.

• Council approved NAI Earle Furman LLC to market the industrial park speculative building. According to council, the 50,000-square-foot building is valued at $2.6 million and is expandable to 100,000 square feet.

• Councilman John Nelson read a resolution declaring the month of May as Ruritan Month in honor of the Sandy Run Ruritan Club.

• E-911 Director Elaine Golden made a presentation regarding Councilman Ken Westbury’s request to change the name of Country Club Road. Golden stated that the owners of the 26 parcels that touch the street have to be notified and 70 percent have to approve.

“I would say for emergency purposes and saving lives that it’s always best not to change a road name,” Golden said.

• Charles Whetstone of Whetstone Perkins and Fulda, LLC proposed the county join an opioid lawsuit. Whetstone stated that the purpose of the lawsuit is “to recover for counties what they are losing as a result of opioids.” Whetstone noted that Horry, Marion, Dillon and Lancaster counties are a part of the joint lawsuit.

• Council approved third reading of an ordinance regarding the joint county industrial park involving Lone Star Solar LLC and WSW Solar LLC

Southern Current LLC plans to construct two solar farms in the county. Lone Star Solar LLC and WSW Solar LLC both promise to bring solar energy to county residents.

Lone Star is a 66-megawatt project that will sell energy to SCE&G. WSW is a 30-megawatt project.

• Council gave first reading by title only to several budget-related ordinances concerning county and school operations and debt service. More information will be provided as the budgets are developed for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

• Council approved first reading by title only of an ordinance authorizing an infrastructure credit agreement and the issuance of special source revenue credits between the county and Project Indy dealing with the inclusion of property in a multi-county industrial park.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5516.


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