NEWBERRY — Hal Kohn Memorial Library Director Sam Ziady updated Newberry County Council on successful county summer reading programs at Wednesday night’s meeting and after the presentation council voted unanimously to approve third reading on funding allocations for the library.
Ziady said a renewal of library activity is taking place in Whitmire after the facility was closed for an extended period for renovations.
Since the facility reopened in 2014, Ziady said participation is up.
“They must divide the summer reading groups by ages because of a lack of room,” Ziady said.
In June, more than 10,000 books circulated thought the county and Ziady said the library campuses have approximately 75,000 visitors per year.
“There are a large percentage of our residents with library cards,” he said, “and we appreciate their, and council’s, continued support.”
Ziady said patrons increasingly are taking advantage of e-book services with 301 e-books checked out in June.
“Our seniors like the large font without having to hold the weight of a large print book, and our younger patrons enjoy the mobility,” he said.
County Economic Development Director Teresa Powers updated to council on the Mid-Carolina Commerce Park and efforts to position a substation there. Council can proceed with an ordinance to that effect once a plat is updated.
She said the spec building is nearly complete but a few punch list items remain.
The county mega site contains more certification hoops to clear but Powers said those efforts are underway.
The county economic development committee and her office are working on more marketing materials to promote the mega site.
She also reported the business appreciation dinner the county hosted in April was self supporting thanks to 15 sponsors so no tax dollars were needed to fund the event.
She also commented on the county’s presence this spring at the South Carolina Automotive summit in Greenville and its attendance of a meeting of the Chinese Economic Development Board of South Carolina. She said the county is advertising in several trade publications and also participated in a Central SC marketing event.
In other business:
• Council unanimously approved payment of $18,000 for the first quarter invoice to the Central S.C. Alliance.
• Third reading passed unanimously on an ordinance to supplement the Newberry County Code of Ordinances.
• Councilman Scott Cain appointed retired nurse Beth Buzardt to the Newberry County Memorial Hospital Board. Council Chairman Buddy Livingston appointed Jerry Alewine to the hospital board. Both appointments passed unanimously.
• Livingston commented on a recent intergovernmental association meeting in Whitmire and asked residents curious as to where tax dollars are spent to visit Whitmire and view the renovations that were funded by the one cent sales tax initiative.
“It looks phenomenal and this would be a great stop for the public to make and see where its tax dollars are going,” Livingston said.
• Economic development committee meetings have been rescheduled for September 8 and December 15.
• A personnel and intergovernmental relations meeting is rescheduled for Sept. 22. Upcoming meetings include the finance committee at 6 p.m. July 14 and County Council at 7 p.m. July 16.