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County Honors Former Rep. Butler Derrick Jr. at Council Meeting

web posted July 2, 2014

EDGEFIELD The Edgefield County Council took a moment to pause the council meeting in order for members of council to sign and present the late Butler Carson Derrick Jr.'s wife with a just passed resolution honoring his "Outstanding Life" of public service. The framed resolution was presented to his wife, Beverly, accompanied by Derrick's brother Thomas. Following the presentation, council moved on to cover a short and rather mundane agenda.

The resolution can be found here in its entirety.

Council gave final reading to an amendment to the ordinance governing the lease of the county airport hangers at the Trenton Airport. It passed on a 4-1 vote with Councilman Dorn voting no.

Raymond Batchelor, Director of Edgefield County EMS, was appointed to the SC Midlands Emergency Medical Service Management Association by a unanimous vote.

Thee bids were approved unanimously including two awarded to Plunkett for a 2.5 ton HVAC unit ($4,400) and a 6 ton unit ($7,875) to be installed at the Edgefield County Detention Center.

A bid to replace the roof on the County owned Neighbor Center was granted to Nelson Roofing, LLC at a cost of $9,180 with a 30 year guarantee. The county's insurance will cover half of the cost, less a $1,000 deductible. That leaves the total cost to the county at $5,590.

During County Administrator Lynn Strom's report, first on her list was a generous donation to the county for the Bettis Park to go towards a planned picnic shelter at the park. Mrs. Strom said Bridgestone uses the park once a year for an employee appreciation day and they have donated $5,700 towards the project.

She stated the county has received a FEMA reimbursement for debris removal by the county road crew in the amount of $76,400 this week. That is a 75% reimbursement of the total cost spent by the county during the ice storm. The county has to cover the other 25% of costs. The funds will be placed in the road maintenance account. Strom said that there is the possibility additional FEMA funds could come at a later date for road repairs that had to be done due to damage, but those are under review.

The closing on the Manor House property will be completed in the coming weeks after a needed document had been received. That will pave the way for the construction of the County Animal Shelter.

Administrator Strom said the county received only one bid on the remodeling of the Sweetwater Community Center by Stewart Builders of Aiken and the county is currently in negotiations with the company. She and Vice-chair Genia Blackwell will be meeting this week with the company to discuss the project.

Chairman Dean Campbell ended the meeting with only two comments in his report. First to thank everyone who voted in the June 10 primaries, "thank you", and to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July.

With no other business the meeting was adjourned.

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