County council approves first reading for courthouse repairs
Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council unanimously approved first reading of revised appropriations for capital expenses for repairs to the Newberry County Courthouse.
The expenses are budget neutral, said Wayne Adams, county administrator. If additional funds are needed, council will have to look at revenue from the 2013-14 year.
The waterproofing expenses originally set at $258,800 changed and instead of using that money for waterproofing, money will be used for interior repairs and carpeting, replacing the HVAC control system and exterior waterproofing.
Contingency increased from $83,902 to $107,022. The interior repairs and carpeting is set for $140,680, the HVAC is set for $35,000 and the exterior waterproofing is set at $60,000.
The total expenses are $641,902, which includes roof repair, additional inspections, project management and landscaping.
Council also approved the first quarter appropriation for fiscal year 2013-14 for the Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District for $4,500. Councilman Kirksey Koon voted against the motion.
The budget includes $1,500 for a part-time contract employee’s salary to help with the Keep Newberry County Beautiful campaign, $1,650 for upcoming projects fund, $500 for marketing expenses, $200 for transportation expenses, $500 for educational programs and $150 for operating expenses.
A bulk of their budget for marketing, education and of course the part timer’s salary will concentrate on the Keep Newberry County Beautiful program. They also want to have scholarships for seniors interested in the agriculture and forestry area and will work with the city and schools.
In other business:
— Council tabled consideration for a landscaping project bid for the new Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. Ervin West from Carter Goble Lee said the bids were advertised but they only received one bid from Sanders Landscaping for $21,706.80.
After reviewing the outlined project, which must meet city ordinances with 63 shrubs and 19 trees, the county wants to reexamine and ask for leniency especially along one of the driveways. There would be $20,000 of the county’s budget going toward the landscaping.
— Lt. Ben Chapman from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department presented a request for proposals from Advance for Detention Center Health Care Services. The proposal provides a slight cost savings and compared to last year, there is a slight decrease.
While Chapman said this is a large expense, it’s necessary because of liability issues at the detention center.
— Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance repealing the careless operation of a motor vehicle as requested by the sheriff. The ordinance is not considered a need anymore.
— Council unanimously approved the third and final reading on an ordinance amending nonconforming structures or used permit changes on lots containing less than two acres.
— Wanda Hill, human resource director, said that a $2,000 donation was requested by Joyce Vigus for the community Christmas tree and decor to be placed in front of Community Hall.
— Courthouse is looking at a completion date of late September or early October.
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