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The U.S. Highway 601 corridor will have a new look by next summer.

Orangeburg County Council has approved a contract with Tri-County Electric Co-Op for the installation of street lights along the road.

“Orangeburg County is always evolving,” County Administrator Harold Young stated.

Young stated that 88 poles will be installed from Interstate 26’s exit 145 to The Technology Center. The route is known as St. Matthews Road for most of the stretch.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office expressed concerns about the lack of lighting in the area for pedestrians who navigate their way to several of the businesses, according to Young.

“Sometimes you have that perfect match between beautification and safety when both of their common cores align,” Young said.

“We want them to be able to see and have a good, lighted path so that they can be safe,” Young said.

The total project cost is $183,218, according to Young.

“Each one of the lights is $793 apiece. Each one of the poles is $1,000 apiece,” Young said.

Young praised the co-op for its work with the county. He noted that Orangeburg’s Department of Public Utilities will be involved with the project.

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Young said that the county hopes to have the project completed by the summer of 2020.

Also during Monday’s council meeting:

• Council approved a $107,738.88 contract with Palmetto Outdoor Solutions to repair the roof of the Orangeburg Area Development Center.

• Council approved a motion to enter a $172,800 contract with G.H. Smith Construction for the installation of additional railing and a new catwalk at the wastewater treatment plant. The installations will increase worker safety, according to Young.

• Council approved third reading of an ordinance and approved a resolution authorizing the purchase, acquisition, installation and service of certain equipment. The lease agreement is for the county’s purchase of Stryker EMS gurneys for the Orangeburg County EMS Department.

• Council approved a loan resolution for Phase IV of the West Edisto Sewer Project. Young stated that the project will start on Cordova Road and go to Edisto High School. Young stated that the $3.6 million project will include the installation of 2,593 feet of 15-inch sewer lines, and will be completed in three years.

• Council approved official action to enter a lease agreement with the Dunton Memorial & Recreation Association for the lease of Harmon Park. The lease agreement is worth $1, according to Young.

• Council approved first reading of an ordinance that amends the text of the Orangeburg County Zoning Ordinance. The amendment allows for public hearings regarding a zoning change request to be held during Orangeburg County Planning Commission meetings, according to Young. The public hearing is currently held on third reading of the ordinance during council meetings.

• Council approved first reading of a zoning change for property owned by Jonathan Davis located on Gardensgate Road in Eutawville. The property will be changed from the forest agricultural district to the commercial general district. Davis is looking to develop a car lot on the property.

• County employees Tyrone Washington and James Okoronkwo, along with Council Chairman Johnnie Wright and Orangeburg County Director of Public Works Henry Summers, were recognized by the Community of Character Pack.

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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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