Council OKs clerk to council ordinance

By Andrew Wigger - awigger@newberryobserver.com

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council passed the second reading of an ordinance for the appointment and duties of the clerk to council, by a 6-1 vote with Councilman Scott Cain voting against.

This ordinance establishes the duties of the clerk to council, such that those duties are limited in scope to statutory description. Other non-statutory duties in support of council would be assigned by the county administrator under a separate position. There is no increase in payroll costs associated with this action; the diminution of one person (clerk of court) entirely offsets the creation of the other (legislative support specialist). The clerk to council and support position need not necessarily be staffed by different people.

Cain voiced his opposition to the ordinance.

“I still have a problem with this ordinance, what it does it changes our county’s administrative organization, I don’t think we need to do that,” he said. “I’m very much against this ordinance, and I hope County Council understands what it will do to our county in the long run.”

The ordinance was approved by the 6-1 vote after Councilwoman Harriett Rucker made a motion and Councilman Travis Reeder seconded.

In other business, council passed first reading of an ordinance to transfer of the ownership Piedmont Technical College Facility to Piedmont Technical College.

“As was the original intent when the new campus was placed on the capital project sales tax ballot in 2010, and now that the 2010 capital project sales tax bonds have been paid off, this ordinance transfers ownership of the Piedmont Technical College facility, located in the former Newberry Square Shopping Center, from the county to Piedmont Technical College,” said County Administrator Wayne Adams.

The county will retain ownership of the former strip shopping areas, which houses county offices, such as Newberry County Economic Development and Newberry County Voter Registration, as well as the parking area that serves that portion of the complex.

Other business:

• Council appointed Susan Fellers as the interim Clerk to Council.

• Council held a public hearing, and approved a first reading of an ordinance authorizing sale of real estate to the Newberry Electric Coop. The county will contribute 20 acres of land and half a million dollars in site development cost, at the Mid-Carolina Commerce Park, and NEC will contract with a development company to finance and construct a speculative building.

• Council held a public hearing, and approved a third reading authorizing an Equipment Lease Purchase Agreement at $710,000.

• Council held a public hearing and approved a third reading of a Fee In Lieu of Ad Valorem Tax Agreement with project N. Project N will be granted six percent assessment ratio for 30 years and 70 percent special source revenue credit.

• Council held a public hearing and approved a third reading for two ordinances rezoning land from Single Family Residential to Rural.

• Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that converts Kiswire’s existing fee deal from the old fee to the new fee. Under the new fee, the company is allowed to keep ownership of the property when the county grants the fee deal.

• By a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Kirksey Koon voting against, Council approved paying the Central S.C. Alliance FY 18/19 first and second quarter invoice in the amount of $36,000.

By Andrew Wigger

awigger@newberryobserver.com

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.