Orangeburg City Council in its first meeting of 2019 gave approval to recommendations made by the Accommodations Tax Committee to fund four local agencies.
Shaniqua Simmons, director of the Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department, detailed recommendations.
“We had a total of seven submissions, and as the memo states, that Chamber of Commerce would like to be considered as the lead agency. Number one goes with the lead agency. As far as a dollar amount, this is a rough estimate that the chamber would get for the year,” Simmons said.
“The chamber gets money quarterly based on the money that is in the fund for the accommodations tax,” she added.
“The total amount in the fund is $60,000,” Simmons said. “If we have any additional funds, as we do now, the committee can choose to have a second round."
The agencies and the funds approved were:
- Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center -- $7,500 for signs and promotion of the Festival of Roses.
- Hillcrest Golf Course -- $3,500 for promotion and advertising for the course.
- Orangeburg Parks and Recreation -- $1,000 for entertainment for the Festival of Roses and $10,000 for promotions and advertisement for the North Road Complex.
- The Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association -- $12,000 for advertising and promotions.
Also during the meeting:
- Council approved third reading of an ordinance related to the recovery of collection costs as a part of delinquent debts.
City Administrator John Yow said the ordinance ensures that the city complies with the Setoff Debt Collection Act, authorizes the Municipal Association of South Carolina to act as a claimant agent and outlines the administrative fees in the collection of setoff debt.
- Council adopted a proclamation designating wisdom as the Community of Character Initiative character trait for January 2019.
- Council approved a motion to cancel its meeting scheduled for Feb. 5.
- William Green of Gold Street updated council members about the status of the building at 1605 Russell St. that he talked to them about at their last meeting.
The building was recently purchased by the county, which announced that it could possibly be torn down as part of the construction of the new Orangeburg County Library. Green noted that the building is 70 years old and has a unique architecture. He said he met with the Orangeburg County Historical Society about the possible preservation of the building.
- Council approved second reading of an ordinance establishing standards for the placement of wireless microcell towers in covered areas of the city.
- Council adopted a resolution of support of the Municipal Association’s 2019 legislation agenda. Deputy City Administrator John Singh said the agenda and initiatives are focusing on local government, the flexibility of using the accommodations tax for infrastructure issues and supporting local law enforcement.
- Council adopted a resolution to grant funding to the Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce. The city will grant a one-time grant payment to the chamber in the amount of $25,000 and will require an accounting report of how the money is spent.