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ST. MATTHEWS – Calhoun County Council elected two long-time members as chairman and vice chairman of the council.

Council members on Monday elected David Summers as chairman, a position he has held on the council for 40 years.

James Haigler was elected vice chairman and Col. John Nelson was elected chaplain.

Also during the meeting:

• Roberta Mack of Lavender Lane appeared before council to report on the condition of the road.

Mack stated that the road is “terrible.”

Part of the road is paved, part of it is dirt, she said. The road is very narrow and only allows for one car to pass at a time. She noted that two school buses use the road, and often have to back to allow one to pass.

County officials stated that they will further look into the issue.

• Council approved beginning phase two of the John Ford Center renovations. The second phase will include work to the kitchen and the installation of a new fire sprinkler system.

• Council approved the 2019 holiday schedule.

• Council approved a motion to extend the county’s telephone contract with Windstream. Deputy County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Denise Christmas stated that it is a one-year extension to their contract, and the cost will increase $2.11 to $3,177.48.

• Council approved a motion to enter a one-year contract with Johnson Controls to provide fire alarm and security services at the QuickJobs Development Center.

Christmas stated that the contract is $1,149.20 per year.

“Back in August of 2017, the county took over paying for the security and fire alarm services at QuickJobs. OCtech was paying it, but then we were reimbursing them at the end of each year. So, instead of them paying it and us reimbursing them, it would make better sense to put it in the county’s name and combine it with our other systems to get a discount. We are now saving $44.27 per month by getting a new contract with them in our name,” Christmas said.

• Council approved a motion to enter a contract with Barwick Plumbing Co., LLC for $30,600 for the installation of two pressure relief valves. Acting Administrator Ted Felder stated that the valves would be “attached to the Sandy Run Water System and one of them be relayed to Creekside neighborhood, the other one on Old Swamp Road.”

• Felder informed council that Calhoun County will be included in a Watershed Study being conducted by the SC Disaster Recovery Office. The study will focus on the Pee Dee and Santee watershed areas and will include 15 counties including Calhoun County, according to Felder. The first meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Orangeburg County Office building.

• Felder gave an update regarding the Sandy Run Area Study. Felder stated that several meetings were held, and the study about the potential growth in the area is moving forward.

• Felder gave an animal control report for December, noting that 65 complaints were fielded leading to 75 complaint trips, and a total of 16 dogs and one cat were taken into the shelter. Felder noted all of the animals were either redeemed by their owner, adopted or sent to a rescue organization, and there were no euthanizations. A total of $735 in donations were collected and medical expenses totaled $1,060, Felder reported.

• Felder thanked the building and grounds department, stating that they did an excellent job in moving the county courthouse offices from the QuickJobs Center back to the courthouse after the courthouse renovations were completed.

• Harvey Elwood of New Perspectives Media Association stated that the association would like to increase its involvement in the county, including airing the county’s litter campaign on radio and programs happening at the county schools. He mentioned the possibility creating a public TV channel for the county. Elwood stated that the channel would serve as a place where community happenings, such as event schedules, sporting events and other items would be aired.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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