The annual audit of the County has resulted in the 18th consecutive year that the County has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement. This is very good, and unusual for a county government. The County also earned an unmodified report, and no errors or problems were found in the regulations and laws of the County. A more specific report will be released in the coming week online on the County Website.
Amy Bowers from the Zoning Department received a Thumbs Up award for going above and beyond in her work with customers.
Some discussion arose when the Public Hearing and Second Reading of the Ordinance to extend the fee agreement with Founders Federal. Citizen Waylon Wilson raised concerned that the fee agreement that the County entered with Founders 7 years ago, expired 2 years ago, after the 5 year term. An extension was not filed before the the end of the term, and now Founders is requesting that the original agreement be extended to 10 years. This would include a retro approval of investments already completed. It is this retro approval that seemed to be the sticky point.
Jack Estridge is concerned that if Founders can invest millions for advertising and naming rights with Columbia and Clemson, why can’t they invest money into Steven’s Park in Kershaw. Jamie Gilbert informed the Council that the net benefit to the county schools and the county was +$2.47 for each $1 of benefit from the fee agreement. The Council voted 6-0 to approve the second reading of the fee agreement.
The next regular Council Meeting will be on Monday January 8th, 2018.