The district of Bamberg would like to use funds from the C-Fonds Committee of the district to repair, maintain and improve district roads.
The Bamberg district’s C fund committee distributes paving materials from the state fuel tax.
Borough Manager Joey Preston reported during a council meeting last week that the borough has several C-fund committee projects underway, the largest being road improvement within Denmark Technical College.
“We’re not just talking about renovating a road. We’re talking about making it look like a college campus,” he said. The work includes crosswalks for pedestrian safety.
“We’re trying to get Dominion to work with us on interior lighting for the campus,” Preston said.
The Administrator said Salty Road and Lazy Lane, which have had major drainage problems, are to be gravelled.
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“That work, the paving work at Denmark Tech, combined with the paving work we’re doing out there at the (old) hospital, we’re going to bid it all together to try and get the best price,” Preston said.
“The C Fund Committee has also set aside some money for gravel for the county, which I think is good practice. We were able to go out and gravel some small roads and serve a lot of people. This is something we didn’t have before. So we’re working well with them right now. We will have another meeting shortly,” the administrator said.
Preston also informed the council of the conversion of his defunct hospital into a multi-service complex.
“They are in the building. You’re making pretty good progress. We think the law enforcement center will likely be the first part of this building to be finished inside. You will see that some exterior work on this side of the building matches the work that has been completed. So the sheriff will probably be the first one allowed to move in,” he said.
“The second part of that will be the Department of Health and Veterans Affairs. That’s a little later, not much,” Preston said.
The district court’s renovation project continues.
“We cleared it completely and they started the asbestos removal. All permits have been applied for. If DHEC gives us permission, we’ll go in and start removing the asbestos,” he said.
The project is then advertised.
“Based on the construction process, we work with the architects and engineers to find the best approach. You can do small bits of it at once, or you can do it all at once,” Preston said.
The administrator also provided the following dates and times for upcoming events:
• Council meeting at 9:00 am on Friday 7 October in the Conference Room at the District Airport
• District Fire Brigade Banquet at 18:30 Friday 4 Nov at Gents Branch Baptist Church in Denmark
• Groundbreaking for the Danish Fire Station on Tuesday 11 October at 2:00 pm in the township of Jamisonville
Preston also reported that the SC State 1890 Research & Extension Program was looking for farm assistants to work on its 200-acre research and demonstration farm at 1678 Alligator Road in Olar.
County Treasurer Alice Johnson issued the July financial report noting that the county had income of $200,975.64 and expenses of $1,219,857.54, a negative balance of 1,018 left $.881.90.
When the positive bank balance was added at the end of July ($154,673.62), the county’s regular account was down $864,208.28.
Councilwoman Sharon Hammond asked: “Why did we have such a large deficit?”
Johnson said: “There are a lot of bills that come due in July, which is not a good time for them to come due. … It’s not that our tax revenues are at a very good level.”
District Treasury Director TM Thomas reported that through the end of July, the district general fund had year-to-date income of $171,681 and expenses of $719,524, for a negative general fund balance of $547,843.
He said county departments continue to operate within their budgets.
County Controller Gina Smith said the county is working to prepare its books for the year-end audit.
Miriam Beard from the district of Bamberg called for a report on “airport operations and the associated income”. She also asked why some of the $2 million the state received from the American Rescue Plan Act couldn’t be used to fund the establishment of an animal control department.
“It’s a piece of quality of life here in the district of Bamberg,” said Beard.
Beard said some county citizens were unhappy that none of the council members attended a Sept. 6 open forum held in Ehrhardt by concerned citizens of Bamberg County.
“You want to ask questions. You want transparency. … They want to know what’s going on. You see all these ongoing projects and no one has an answer for that,” Beard said.
Councilman Clint Carter, the only councilman to deal with her absence, said his daughter, a high school grad, has a volleyball game he doesn’t want to miss.
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