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Orangeburg County officials say more logging is leading to more damage on county-maintained dirt roads.

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County Public Works Director Henry Summers says most of the loggers come from other areas.

“There’s very few loggers in Orangeburg County. You’ve got most of these people from different counties and do a vast amount of the logging,” Summers said.

The issue was discussed this past week during Orangeburg County Council’s Public Works Committee meeting.

Summers stated that in the lower part of Orangeburg County, loggers damaged roads severely, to the point that the roads could not be traveled.

Simply knowing which loggers are conducting business in the county could help identify who is causing the problem and could offer a solution, Summers said.

“If we could get these folks coming into the county to give us their business license, that way we would know who’s in the county and where they are at,” Summers said.

Several council members who serve on the committee said loggers are required to have business licenses.

They also stated public works employees must request proof of a logger’s business license. If a logger does not have a business license, then the proper authorities must be notified.

The committee discussed the possibility of requiring landowners to ask loggers if they have a business license before they conduct business. If the landowners were to disregard this requirement, they would be cited.

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The committee also discussed the possibility of having a system implemented that would notify the Public Works Department when a logger obtains a business license.

Orangeburg County Senior Deputy Administrator Marion Lloyd suggested all loggers working in the county be identified and sent a letter notifying them of the business license requirement.

After a lengthy discussion regarding the matter, the committee decided to table any official action until the next Public Works Committee meeting.

Also during the meeting:

  • Orangeburg County Landfill Manager Herman Brightman informed the committee of the increase in electronic waste in the county.

Brightman reported that in 2010, a law was passed that requires e-waste to be recycled at landfills.

As a result, Brightman stated that the county has seen a significant increase in e-waste. It costs the county 25 cents a pound to dispose of it.

Brightman stated that commercial entities are the main cause of the increase, stating they bring their e-waste to the collection sites around the county to avoid going to the landfill, where they will be required to pay.

The committee discussed several possibilities regarding the issue but did not take any action. The committee formed a subcommittee consisting of Brightman, Collection Site Manager Veronica Little, Summers and Councilwoman Janie-Cooper Smith to look into the issue.

  • Summers updated the committee on irrigation systems obstructing and damaging roads in the county, stating there has not been any change and roads are continuously being damaged.

The committee previously adopted a state policy that any obstruction of a county-maintained road that occurs longer than five minutes will result in a $25 fine.

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The committee also passed a motion to deliver cease-and-desist letters to all farmers who have an irrigation system that obstructs or damages a county-maintained road.

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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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