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ST. MATTHEWS – Calhoun County Council approved several lawn maintenance contracts to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer months.

The contracts detail the cost for each lawn maintenance visit at the county’s buildings.

• Culclasure Lawn Service: Saint John Community Complex -- $350 per visit

• Dogwood Landscaping: Sandy Run Government Complex -- $250 per visit; Sandy Run Sports Complex -- $300 per visit

• Heckle’s Lawn Service: Creston EMS -- $65 per visit,-; Fort Motte Community Center -- $125 per visit,-; Quilts of Valor -- $60 per visit

• Sweetwater Landscaping: County Maintenance yard and Mill Street EMS -- $100 per visit

• Top Notch Landscape Service: County Government Complex -- $400 per visit

• Tri-County Lawn Service: Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office -- $177.50 per visit; County Human Resources Department -- $115 per visit

• True Blue Landscapes: John Ford Community Center -- $375 per visit

• The Gressette Center: Council on Aging -- $70 per visit

County Deputy Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Denise Christmas gave a third-quarter financial report.

For the general fund, Christmas reported that the total operating revenues are at 64 percent for the year, which is 11 percent under budget. Christmas noted that the county has not received state aid for the third quarter, and the accommodations tax won’t be received until the end of the fiscal year.

Christmas also reported that the county has received 83 percent of its property tax revenue, the county’s interest revenue is at 92 percent, and the county’s total operating expenditures are 67 percent, which is 8 percent under budget.

Christmas said that the county has collected 57 percent, or $3,210,126, of the budgeted revenue for the capital improvement fund, and the county has spent 38 percent, or $2,149,796, of the budgeted expenditures for the same fund.

The county water department has generated 93 percent, or $826,627, of the budgeted operating revenue, and operating expenses for the department are at 64 percent, or $563,915, which is a net increase of $262,712, according to Christmas.

For the wastewater department, revenue is at 83 percent, or $101,817, and expenses are 81 percent, or $99,317, which is a net increase of $2,500.

Christmas reported that the county has received 22 percent, or $88,350, of the budgeted revenue for the Calhoun Hills Golf Complex, and the county has spent 34 percent, or $136,661, of its budgeted expenses. To date, the loss in relation to the golf complex is $48,311, which is 22 percent of the $215,000 budgeted for losses.

Also during the meeting:

• Council approved a resolution that designates April as Fair Housing Month.

• Brandy Roberson gave the council a report on the Purple Martin Festival which was held last month. Roberson stated that the event was well attended, and well-received by those who attended.

• Council approved third reading after public hearing of an ordinance amending a previous ordinance to change the rental fees for recreational facilities owned and operated by the county to add additional facilities.

• County approved third reading after public hearing of an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance regarding solar projects or farms that are less than one acre in size or attached to a residential unit.

• Administrator Ted Felder gave the council an update on the Sandy Run Area Plan, reporting that the draft report on the area plan is expected to be received this month.

• Council approved the proposed dates of the county budget readings schedule. The budget readings will be held on May 13, June 10 and June 24.

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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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