Fairfield County Council extends grants data deadline

During their Aug. 27 meeting, Fairfield County Council received an update from Steven Gaither, the County’s grants writer, on the response his department has received from county residents on the most recent Community Needs Assessment evaluation. The data provided by the questionnaire is necessary for the County to apply for federal grants in the future, and Gaither said the response from the community has been luke warm. The deadline for residents to return their questionnaire was Aug. 28, but given the tepid response, Council authorized Gaither to push that deadline back to the end of September.

Council also heard a presentation from Tony Hill, Fire Marshal, who informed council of plans to construct a burn building for fire training on a plot of land just outside the Winnsboro town limits on Highway 321 N. Burn buildings can cost up to $250,000 to construct, Hill said, a figure that exceeds his budget. However, Hill told council three to five used cargo containers could be purchased and stacked together to be used as a burn building for approximately $70,000.

Council also nominated an unnamed individual to serve on the County’s Airport Committee.