Orangeburg County residents took their complaints about litter to County Council on Monday.
County Administrator Harold Young said the county is doing what it can to address the problem.
“We invested in some new equipment. We’re starting to get it up and out and get it rolling. We’ve had numerous clean-up projects,” he said.
“We’ve got to get the individuals to understand they’re a part of this county too, and they have to do their part,” Young said.
Citizens from Stanley Street, the Brookdale area and Shadow Lawn Drive expressed their disdain with the amounts of litter in those areas during the council meeting.
Both citizens echoed the same message, stating that they have picked up litter in their areas several times, but the litter seems to always reappear.
Councilwoman Deloris Frazier said, “We ourselves have got to start policing ourselves. If we see our neighbors putting trash down, let’s talk to them. I don’t know how we’re going to stop it.”
Councilwoman Janie Cooper-Smith said the litter problem can be addressed through a change in each citizen.
“It’s a mindset. People have got to clean up. It’s your neighborhood, so you’ve just got to clean up somebody else’s mess. I do it myself,” she said.
Councilman Willie B. Owens suggested steeper penalties for those caught littering.
“The county council needs to put its feet down in terms of enforcement. We need to have better enforcement of litter control,” Owens said.
Also during the meeting:
• County resident William Green discussed his neighbors’ chickens.
“We went to civil suit about it, and I feel that every judge should not be a judge because the judge ruled on the side of the people with the chickens, which was not fair. So, now we have a neighbor on the other side of us that decided to put a chicken in their yard,” Green said.
“I don’t know what the county needs to do. They need to come up with some kind of noise ordinance to solve this matter because we should not have to live like this when we live in a residential area. And it seems that nothing is being done about this problem,” he said.
• Council approved second reading of a zoning ordinance that changes property owned by Holly Hill Land, LLC located at Eutaw Road and Academy Lane from the forest agricultural district to the residential general district.
• Council approved second reading of a zoning ordinance that changes property owned by Leanne M. Gerald and Chris C. Price located at 4959 Old State Road in Holly Hill from the forest agricultural district to the rural community district.
• Council approved second reading of an ordinance that provides appropriations for FY 2019-20 for the Orangeburg County budget for ordinary county purposes or purposes for which the county can levy a tax.
• Council approved second reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for FY 2019-20 for Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and for other public and special education purposes.
• Council approved a motion to appoint Dr. Kalu Kalu to represent Council District Six on the Orangeburg County Board of Assessment Appeals/Tax Equalization Board.
• Council approved first reading of a resolution consenting to the addition of A.L Felder Farms, Inc., John M. Felder Revocable Trust and Archie L. Felder III Revocable Trust to a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement between the county and TWE Bowman sola Project, LLC.
• Council approved a resolution establishing and agreeing to participate in the Lower Savannah Regional Home Consortium.
• Council approved first reading of an ordinance enlarging the boundaries of a joint county industrial park between Orangeburg and Dorchester counties to add property located in Orangeburg County owned and operated by Huntley Solar, LLC, and Palmetto Plains Solar Project, LLC.
• Council approved a motion to accept the recommendations from the Tax and Tourism Committee to grant $2,000 to the Town of North, $15,000 to the Orangeburg County Military Museum, $7,000 to the Orangeburg County Library and $11,922 to the YMCA.