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  • Friday, November 15, 2013

Georgetown County Council gave second reading to an ordinance to “roll over” $5.519 million in appropriations from last year’s budget into this year’s budget at its only meeting of November this week.

Appropriations roll over when projects or purchases are not completed by the end of the year.

The roll over amounts were: $152,875 from the General Fund; $16,516 from the Law Enforcement Fund; $4.208 million from the Road Improvement Fund; $877,368 from the Capital Equipment Replacement Fund; $45,916 from the Environmental Services Fund; and $219,139 from the Stormwater Drainage Fund.

The ordinance will get final approval next month.

In other business

County Council gave second reading to an ordinance establishing a “fee in lieu of taxes” agreement with an unnamed company so that company can “invest in its facility.”

Under the terms of the ordinance, the company will invest at least $25 million in the next five years.

If the company invests $50 million or more in that time period, the investment period will be extended to seven years.

If the company invests $75 million or more in that time period, the investment period will be extended to 10 years.

Council did not name the company in its draft ordinance, calling it only “Project Galaxy.”

Council also extended the county’s $80,000 a year contract with St. Frances Animal Center.

The center takes care of cats and dogs captured by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Animal Control department.

Under the terms of the contract, animal center employees will assist with investigations into reports of animal cruelty.

M K Inc. is one step closer to renting the former school band room at the Choppee Recreation Center for its after-school program.

M K runs after-school programming for at-risk students and needs more space. The band room in the rec center is not used for any county programming.

The rent on the space is $300 per month.

The county plans to build a new recreation center in Choppee as part of the Capital Improvement Plan.

One more vote by Council is needed.

The county will spend $276,619 to buy a Caterpillar 329EL Hydraulic Track Hoe Excavator from Blanchard Machinery of Georgetown.

Blanchard had the third lowest bid, but county staff deemed the lower bids unacceptable for various reasons.

The funding for the new excavator, which replaces a 2005 model, comes from the county’s Capital Equipment Replacement Program.

County Council only meets one more time this year, on Dec. 10.

Council chairman Johnny Morant, and council members Leona Myers-Miller, Lillie Jean Johnson, Austin Beard, Bob Anderson, Jerry Oakley and Ron Charlton were in attendance at the meeting.


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