Dillon County Council Quarterly Roundup: January-March 2018

Red Cross Proclamation Signed
The Dillon County Council passed a resolution at their meeting on March 28th proclaiming March as American Red Cross Month.
Dillon County Council Chairman Stevie Grice signed the proclamation and then thanked Dillon High School American Red Cross Club President Jacorie McCall for all the Red Cross does for the community.
The motion to pass the resolution was made by Councilman Archie Scott. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harold Moody. All present voted in favor.
The proclamation reads as follows:
In Dillon County, we have a long history of helping our neighbors in need. American Red Cross Month is a special time to recognize and thank our heroes – those Red Cross volunteers and donors who give of their time and resources to help community members.
These heroes help families find shelter after a home fire. They give blood to help trauma victims and cancer patients. They deliver comfort items to military members in the hospital. They use their lifesaving skills to save someone from a heart attack, drowning, or choking. They enable children around the globe to be vaccinated against measles and rubella.
The American Red Cross depends on local heroes to deliver help and hope during a disaster. We applaud our heroes here in Dillon County who give of themselves to assist their neighbors when they need a helping hand.
Across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross responds to disasters big and small.
In fact, every eight minutes the organization responds to a community disaster, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It collects nearly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; provides 24-hour support to military members, veterans and their families; teaches millions lifesaving skills, such as lifeguarding and CPR; and through its Restoring Family Links program, connects family members separated by crisis, conflict or migration.
We dedicate the month of March to all those who support the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Our community depends on the American Red Cross, which relies on donations of time, money and blood to fulfill its humanitarian mission.
NOW THEREFORE, We, County Council by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and law of Dillon and South Carolina, do hereby proclaim March 2018 as American Red Cross Month. I encourage all Americans to support this organization and its noble humanitarian mission.
IN WITNESS WHEROF, I have hereunto set my hand this 28th day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of Dillon, South Carolina, signifying March as American Red Cross Month.
DILLON COUNTY
COUNCIL

The following matters were taken up at Dillon County Council meetings in January and February:

JANUARY 12, 2018
HARBOR FREIGHT PERMITTING FEES
Rodney Berry asked Council to allow him if needed for flexibility to negotiate fees with Harbor Freight and he would report back. James Campbell motioned to allow Rodney Berry flexibility to negotiate fees with Harbor Freight. Archie Scott seconded and all voted in favor.

ACCOMMODATIONS TAX APPROVAL
Charles Taylor gave a brief presentation about the Accommodations Tax. He told Council that there are three vacancies and that the two new projects for Dillon this year are the Pop Up Farmers Market and the Go and Grab.
Charles explained that there is $128.04 left over and anything up to $300.00 can be carried over. Archie Scott motioned to accept the Accommodations Tax Report. Harold Moody seconded and all voted in favor.

TRI-COUNTY PARK EXPANSION IN MARION COUNTY
Rodney Berry told Council that he received a letter from Mr. Buddy Collins wanting to do another park with Marion and Marlboro, it would be a Tri-County Park in Marion and Dillon County would get one-third. It would operate under same bylaws and would expand in Marion for second Tri-County Park. T.F. Finklea motioned to expand Tri-County Park to Marion County. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.

SCDOT REQUEST
CONCERNING LESTER ROAD BRIDGE
Rodney Berry stated to Council that he has met with SCDOT twice and they will be in our presence in February regards to Floyd Dale bridge that has been closed for some time. SCDOT is looking to start work within the next month or two. Our river landing is right at bridge and has to be closed to perform work temporarily. SCDOT has committed to improve boat landing during the construction phase but, Rodney must sign letter to that affect. This must be done due to safety reasons; the bridge must be raised to meet requirements. James Campbell motioned to accept request concerning Lester Road Bridge. Harold Moody seconded and all voted in favor.

RESOLUTION
IDENTIFYING A PROJECT TO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE 12, CHAPTER 44 OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE, SO AS TO ALLOW INVESTMENT EXPENDITURES INCURRED BY A COMPANY KNOWN TO THE COUNTY AS PROJECT UNIQUE, ITS AFFILIATED AND RELATED ENTITIES, TO QUALIFY AS EXPENDITURES ELLIGIBLE FOR A FEE-IN-LIEU OF TAXES AND SPECIAL SOURCE CREDIT ARRANGEMENT WITH DILLON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA; PROVIDING FOR OTHER RELATED EXONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.
James Campbell motioned to accept the resolution. Archie Scott seconded and all voted in favor

APPOINTMENTS
ACCOMMODATIONS TAX APPOINTMENTS
Archie Scott nominated Melissa Thompson to the Accommodations Tax Board. Harold Moody made motion to appoint Melissa Thompson to the Accommodations Tax Board. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.
Harold Moody appointed Ricky Talbert to Accommodations Tax Board. Archie Scott motioned to appoint Ricky Talbert to the Accommodations Tax Board. Harold Moody seconded and all voted in favor.

JANUARY 24, 2018
VEHICLE FOR GIS
Rodney Berry explained about the GIS vehicle went out and the repairs were greater than the vehicle is worth. The vehicle (Jeep Liberty) was purchased at Donnie Gerald Auto Sales in the amount of $5,500.00. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.

MOHAWK BUILDING OFFERS
Rodney Berry told Council that he had advertised for bids on the Mohawk building and received two. He said that one was from John Schwarz in the amount of $300,000.00 and the second bid was from Dillon Manufacturing in the amount of $452,000.00 Rodney Berry told Council that they needed to make a decision to proceed with this contract, that it will take three reading and a public hearing. Archie Scott motioned to engage on the $452,000.00 bid. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.

FIRST CITIZEN’S BUILDING
Rodney Berry told Council that we own the building that houses our Economic Development Department and the Chamber and we would like to find someone that would maybe build apartments because to replace with roof would cost about $30,000.00 Rodney stated to Council that this is just for information.

JANUARY 30, 2018
DOWN SOUTH DIESEL
Richard Gaddy told Council that the axle on Mac Truck has gone out at the landfill. This Max truck hauls trash to Bishopville. Down South Diesel can get parts and repair the truck. Archie Scott motioned to let Down South Diesel repair the Mac truck at the landfill. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.

FEBRUARY 28, 2018
RECREATION REQUESTS
Archie Scott motioned to approve the following requests: $300.00 payable to Fork Chapel Baptist Church for the building fund, $200.00 from Jack Scott, $50.00 each from James Campbell and Archie Scott’s recreation; $150.00 payable to A & R Photography for a pageant they are hosting on March 10, 2018, $100.00 from Archie Scott and $25.00 each from James Campbell and T.F. Finklea’s recreation; $275.00 payable to Bicyclist Building Bridges for children of incarcerated parents, $100.00 each from Stevie Grice and Harold Moody, $50.00 from Archie Scott’s recreation; $300.00 payable to Family Sports Center for softball equipment at Riverdale, $100.00 from Archie Scott, $50.00 each from Jack Scott, James Campbell and Harold Moody. $25.00 each from Stevie Grice and T.F. Finklea’s recreation; $300.00 payable to the Humane Society of Dillon to help with heartworms, $100.00 from Archie Scott, $50.00 each from Stevie Grice, T.F. Finklea, James Campbell and Harold Moody’s recreation; $300.00 payable to Cancer Society for Relay for Life, $100.00 Harold Moody, $50.00 each from T.F. Finklea, Archie Scott, Stevie Grice and James Campbell’s recreation. Harold Moody seconded and all voted in favor.
ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC. – QUOTE
Richard Gaddy told Council that this was a quote for pipe for Roads and Bridges to put under roads for drainage. Mr. Gaddy explained that they usually buy a truck load. This quote is a sole source in the amount of $14,926.95.
Harold Moody motioned to approve the quote to Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. in the amount of $14,926.95. T.F. Finklea seconded and all voted in favor.

ORDINANCES
THIRD READING – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF A FEE IN LIEU OF TAX AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN DILLON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA AND A COMPANY OR COMPANIES KNOWN TO THE COUNTY AT THIS TIME AS PROJECT UNIQUE WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN ECONOMIX DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY, WHEREBY SUCH PROPERTY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN PAYMENTS INLIEU OF TAXES, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN SPECIAL SOURCE REVENUE CREDITS; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. T.F. Finklea motioned to have third reading. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.
THIRD READING – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AN AGREEMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A JOINT COUNTY INDUSTRIAL AND BUSINESS PARK (2016 PARK) OF DILLON AND MARLBORO COUNTIES SO AS TO ENLARGE THE PARK (PROJECT UNIQUE). James Campbell motioned to have third reading. T.F. Finklea seconded and all voted in favor.
CHECK TO LAKE VIEW RECREATION
Rodney Berry stated that Lake View had requested $10,000 for their recreation and Rodney told them that he would get the check to them.
BIDS FOR COOLANT TOWER AT COURTHOUSE
Richard Gaddy told Council that the pipes have frozen at the coolant tower with all the cold weather we have had. He stated that he had received three bids to replace the coolant tower. The bids are as follows: Cayce Company – $68,200.00; Hoffman Mechanical Solutions – $60,345.00 and Industrial Air Inc. – $78,000. Richard explained that the insurance would pay $65,000. Stevie Grice asked what we would do until it is fixed. Rodney Berry replied that for the past few days we had had cool weather and that we hope the weather will continue to be cool. Harold Moody asked why the pipes froze and why did the people that worked on the coolant system not put antifreeze in it. Richard Gaddy replied that these pipes were twenty to thirty years old and technology has improved now. Harold Moody asked Mr. Gaddy if he would check with the people in charge and find out why the pipes froze. Richard Gaddy told Harold Moody that he would look into that. Archie Scott motioned to go with Hoffman Mechanical Solutions in the amount of $60,345.00. James Campbell seconded and all voted in favor.

PURCHASE BACKHOE FOR LANDFILL
Richard Gaddy explained that this item, the backhoe, is in the budget on capitol expenditures. The plan was to pay with GO Bond but the backhoe caught on fire and the insurance company will pay $58,000.00 toward it. The budget line item had $96,500.00; the one we are buying is $95,000.00 and $5,000.00 for the tires for a total of $100,000.00
Harold Moody motioned to purchase the backhoe for the Landfill. Archie Scott seconded and all voted in favor.

STATEWIDE MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT FOR EMERGENCY AND
DISASTER RESPONSE/RECOVERY
Moses Heyward asked Council to sign a state wide mutual agreement before we have a disaster. He stated that the Town of Latta, the Town of Lake View and the City of Dillon had already signed the agreement. This agreement is for in the event we have a disaster we would get help from the whole state. James Campbell motioned to approve the Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement for Emergency and Disaster Response/Recovery. Archie Scott seconded and all voted in favor.

FIRE INSURANCE BILLING –
MOSES HEYWARD
Moses Heyward stated that he was asking for Dillon County Council to give permission to bill insurance company for automobiles and structured fires. From January 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018 there were 296 structured fires. Trying to receive reimbursement for fire cost. We will be using Covenant Solutions and Low Country Billing, meet with them and start process. Moses explained that they were just trying to help the tax payer.
Archie Scott motioned to approve fire insurance billing. Harold Moody seconded and all voted in favor

(Taken from the Dillon County Council minutes.)