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NEWBERRY — Infrastructure and grant funding were among action items for Newberry County Council on Wednesday night.

County council unanimously approved changing the designation of 2013 DHEC Hospital Preparedness Grant funding for two Stryker stretchers and a mobile morgue.

The original grant request from the coroner’s office was withdrawn. Instead the purchase was moved to the county’s Emergency Preparedness department because that department has a vehicle that can pull the mobile morgue, something the coroner’s office did not have at its disposal.

Council accepted a bid by Trailerlogic of $31,409.03 to construct the mobile morgue. The mobile morgue will be housed at the sheriff’s office.

The mobile morgue and Stryker stretchers purchase ($24,599.30) exceeded the grant funding by approximately $8. Newberry County Emergency Service’s Coordinator Tommy Long said he would make up the difference using his budget.

The motion passed 6-0. Council Chairman Buddy Livingston absent due to school obligations.

Council also voted unanimously to approve bids from Satterfield Construction to pave the parking lot at the new Newberry County Sheriff’s Office building off Wilson Road. Satterfield was the low bidder with its base bid of $107,290.

The bid alternate one for paving from Walter Cousins Road to Lynch’s Woods Park was $53,807 and the bid alternate number two for the back lot came in at $15,935.

Crystal Waldrop with county procurement said the money for paving the rear parking lot will come from the NCSO budget.

In other business:

• Council voted 6-0 to amend an ordinance related to animal control. Under the amended ordinance animals can be dropped off at the shelter Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the shelter no longer accepts animals from out-of-county residents; the fee for adopting a dog or puppy is $85 including having the animal spayed or neutered, de-worming, vaccinations, heart worm testing and micro-chipping; tee for adopting a cat or kitten is $65 and includes testing for feline leukemia, de-worming, vaccination and cost to spay/neuter; and Newberry Animal Care and Control stops offering euthanasia as a public service.

• Council passed a resolution 6-0 to commission Karen Bickley as a code enforcement officer. Bickley will work with Animal Care and Control.

• The economic development committee determined the location of a substation to serve the Mid-Carolina Industrial Park with help from Keith Avery, CEO of Newberry Electric Cooperative. Councilman Les Hipp and Avery walked the site and located the area which uses existing power line right of way to provide access to the power slab.

“If we have power available, it makes the park more marketable,” Hipp said.

The option avoided the temporary access option that required a creek crossing that would have cost some $900,000 to construct.

• Council voted 6-0 to approve Advanced Video Group as vendor for a $17,515 audio/video project with the Whitmire Town Hall Annex.

The system will serve the main conference room and there will be an audio system in the back room. Ceiling mounted speakers, a portable microphone, a projector and a drop down screen are included in the price.

Since capital sales tax money was involved, Koon said, council needed to be involved in the bidding process for the town.

• County Council next meets at 7 p.m. April 2.

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