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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s November Update
web posted November 13, 2012
COUNTY – Election Results Are In! Like
many of you, I’m happy to see this election cycle come to a close! On
County Council, here’s who won the seats: District 1: Norman Dorn,
District 2: Rodney Ashcraft, District 3: Dean Campbell, District 4:
Betty Butler, District 5: Genia Blackwell. I am looking forward to
participating in another outstanding year of accomplishment from your
Auditors: Edgefield County is in Sound Financial Shape
At last week’s meeting,
our independent auditors said Edgefield County
is in excellent financial health. The auditors had no major findings or
comments. We were able to add about $74,000 to the Reserve Fund,
compared to a budget that said we’d spend money out of the Reserve Fund
just to make ends meet.
I appreciate County Elected Officials, Department Heads, Staff and all
Employees for working so hard to save money on a consistent basis!
Edgefield County Strategic Plan Updated
The Edgefield County Strategic Plan was updated earlier this month by
citizens, stakeholders, elected and appointed representatives. I was
very pleased with the outstanding turnout and enthusiasm of the group!
County Administrator Lynn Strom walked the group through what has been
accomplished in the Strategic Plan so far. During the time, the
stakeholders and citizens added a several items to the list that will
now be melded into the Plan. Those items are:
1. Evaluate the way we tax
undeveloped property (particularly multi-lot discount)
2. Consider how to work with Aiken
County in promoting Edgefield County industrial park
3. Evaluate developing incentives
to utilize vacant commercial property
4. Continue to build a relationship
with North Augusta
5. Consider impact of residential
growth on schools (increase communication between Planning Commission
and schools on new developments)
6. Consider enticing retirement
communities to come to Edgefield County.
The Strategic Plan is giving us the kind of guidance we need at the
County level to respond to what citizens want in our growing County. I
applaud all who came out in support of this effort! We’ll update it
again next year as well.
Council Officially Accepts Land and Building Being Donated to the County
The County Council approved accepting approximately 4 acres of property
along with the Sweetwater Community Center near Cooper Place
subdivision. The property was donated by property trustees Lois Morgan
and Buck Bell at the request of Ambassador and Mrs. Cooper. The Council
had to wait on an environmental study to be completed before we could
accept it. We were please the environmental study showed there are no
real issues with the property.
This land and building could be used for multiple purposes in the
future. It’s a wonderful gift and opportunity for our County! Thank you
to the trustees and Ambassador and Mrs. Cooper!
Calliham Lease Extended by One Year
At our Council meeting last week, County Council agreed to extend the
lease for Callihams in the County-owned building for one year. They
will pay the County $1,200 a month in rent. The Kneece Building is set
for renovation under the Capital Improvement Plan for more than 1 year
from now. So, the County has time to prepare for this renovation.
We gave ourselves a 90-day clause in the lease in case we are able to
begin the renovation process earlier. In addition, it gives the
Callihams a place to do business for another year! It’s a win-win lease
Land Development Codes Being Updated
County Council began the process of taking up many changes to the Land
Development Code that the Planning Commission approved and sent to
Council for consideration. We gave it first reading at our meeting last
Tuesday night. Some of the items include conditional use regulation
Bed and Breakfast Inns
Communication Towers and Antennas
There are other topics and many more details than can be listed here. I
encourage all citizens to go to the County website to see all the
changes being recommended. If you have questions or input, I ask that
you contact County Administrator Lynn Strom, or your Council member.
Preparing for growth
Also at our meeting last week, Council gave final reading to a Highway
Access Plan. This Plan is meant to establish standards for the number,
location, design, construction, and maintenance of driveways,
acceleration/deceleration lanes, and inter-parcel connections in
Edgefield County in order to improve highway safety in the County. This
new “access management” will only apply to new developments and
renovations or expansions that exceed 50 percent of the appraised value
of the development.
We believe this plan is a good step toward making roadways safer by
reducing the number of driveways onto main roads. If you’d like more
information, I encourage you to go to the County’s website to read
about it, call the Administrator or call your Council member.
Until next time,
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