Last updated: June 06. 2014 9:13AM - 177 Views
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NEWBERRY — County Administrator Wayne Adams informed council Wednesday night that at this time local government funds and forestry funds will be similar to a year ago. The news comes as council prepares for its June 9 budget workshop.

As of now, that is the final workshop scheduled until the council meets June 18 for third and final reading on the budget. Second reading included a public hearing with no comments from the public.

Adams said the local government fund looks to be about the same level as last year.

Local forestry funds were about $13,000 short of the budgeted amount so he suggested council examine that line item in the workshop.

Second reading of the budget ordinance and second reading of the appropriations ordinance for Piedmont Tech, the Hal Kohn Memorial Library and Newberry County Disabilities and Special Needs both passed unanimously.

Adams said if council members want to make amendments, he asked them to contact a staff member to get assistance doing so.

In two more unanimous votes, council approved low bids for interior renovations and waterproofing at the courthouse.

Low bid for waterproofing was from Watertight Systems at $109, 151, a significantly lower bid that its closest competitor, Southern Restoration Maintenance. County Purchasing Director Crystal Waldrop said Ervin West contacted Watertight and reviewed the company’s reputation. As such, she said the county staff feels comfortable with accepting the bid.

Low bid for courthouse interior renovations went to Capital Construction of the Carolinas at $63,590.

County Council’s budget workshop is Monday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

More details on the county council’s June 4 meeting, including an update on the Newberry museum project, will be in the Monday edition of The Newberry Observer.

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