County OK’s Surplus Land Sales

Great North Road Repairs on Hold

WINNSBORO (June 16, 2016) – County Council Monday night passed final reading on a trio of ordinances authorizing the sale of three Winnsboro lots deemed “surplus properties,” by the County.

Chairwoman Carolyn Robinson (District 2) told Council the properties had been foreclosed on and the banks had turned the properties over to the County for sale. The properties, according to Fairfield County records, are each less than 1-acre lots.

The ordinances authorized the sale of: 4459 Jackson Creek Road, which has a total market value of $44,300, according to County records; 128 Sixth Street, with a total market value of $7,000; and 550 Fourth Street, with a total market value of $7,500.

Great North Road

While Council agreed during their May 23 meeting to commit $83,000 from the road maintenance fund for the repair of Great North Road near Lake Wateree, County Administrator Jason Taylor told Council Monday that repairing the road now might be an exercise in futility.

“I understand that the road is in poor condition and Council does wish to repair the road and fix the problems with it, and previously had allocated $83,000 toward that,” Taylor said. “But it has also come to our attention that there is a lot of logging going on in that area. If you pave the road now during the logging, the road will get damaged again.”

Interim County Administrator Milton Pope told Council on May 23 that contractors were already in the area working on other County roads. Taylor told Council Monday night that to have those workers come back to tackle the road in September and October would only cost the County an additional $2,000.

Council agreed to put off work on Great North Road until the fall.

From Committee

Council also gave approval to a new radio console for the Emergency Management Department at a cost of $81,636.39, paid for with a portion of the County’s 9-1-1 money from the state.

The Emergency Management Department also got Council’s OK for $76,430 for the VitalClick Emergency Medical Dispatch program. VitalClick, Taylor told Council, is software and hardware that helps dispatchers narrow down the medical condition of 9-1-1 callers. Eighty percent of the cost for the program will be reimbursed by the state, Taylor said, with 9-1-1 funds covering the remaining 20 percent.

Both purchases were forwarded for approval from Council’s Administration and Finance Committee.