Pauley, Robinson counter Mt. Zion cost update

WINNSBORO – Offering an update during Monday night’s county council meeting on the final days of construction of the Mt. Zion administration building, Ed Driggers, assistant to the interim county administrator, set off on a high note. “We’re not seeing anything on the contractor’s schedule that gives us any substantial concern. The schedule is moving […]

New hurdles to Mt. Zion relocation

WINNSBORO – During Monday night’s county council meeting, Council Chair Moses Bell called on several county officials to voice their concerns about plans to relocate the county’s administration operations into the newly renovated Mt. Zion building when it’s completed in October, 2021. Bell and Councilwoman Shirley Greene took the lead in voicing those concerns, stating […]

Revelations lacking in Greene’s MZI report

WINNSBORO – A Fairfield County ad hoc committee report takes several jabs at financial decisions tied to the Mt. Zion renovation project but the financial facts regarding the renovation of Mt. Zion did not vary from what had earlier been made public. The report, delivered at a special meeting last week by Councilwoman Shirley Greene, […]

Mt. Zion project costs rise with threat of cancelling contract

WINNSBORO – As Fairfield County looks down the double barrel of reduced revenue and a $3.5 million shortfall for the second year in a row, it also faces significant additional costs on the Mt. Zion renovations after four council members threatened to cancel the county’s Mt. Zion lease contract with developer 1st and Main. The […]

Developer: County could be on the hook for millions if it breaks Mt. Zion contract

WINNSBORO – After weeks of publicly claiming that the cost of renovating Mt. Zion is unknown, County Councilman Moses Bell and the three-member ad hoc committee he appointed to find out those costs, were reminded Monday night that the cost information is readily available to the public. Rory Dowling, principal of 1st and Main which […]

How much is the renovation of Mt. Zion costing the county?

Council Chairman Moses Bell says the cost of the Mt. Zion contract is unknown and has appointed an ad hoc committee to determine those costs. That information, county officials say, has been readily available from the county and from the developer. WINNSBORO – During a Feb. 10 county council special called meeting, Council Chairman Moses […]

Bell calls for review of Mt. Zion contract costs

WINNSBORO – Cancelling plans for a new county building would trigger litigation that could cost Fairfield County upwards of $13 million, some council members say. “If the ultimate goal is to tear down this project, we’re probably looking at a $13 million lawsuit we can’t afford,” Councilman Neil Robinson said during a special meeting Feb. […]

Mt. Zion Renovations

WINNSBORO – Construction work on the Mt. Zion Institute continues. The building is being renovated for use as a new county administration complex. The former gymnasium and auditorium have now been cleaned out and roof construction is underway. A ribbon cutting that was scheduled for March 28 has been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions and […]

Council votes 5-2 to renovate Mt. Zion for Administration Building

WINNSBORO  – It wasn’t quite as dramatic as the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, but there still was plenty of suspense at Monday night’s Fairfield County Council meeting. Council members gave final reading to an ordinance authorizing the county to move forward with an $11.5 million plan to build a new government center at the site of […]

Admin details aired in forum

WINNSBORO – If people left a recent Mt. Zion Institute forum with reservations, it wasn’t due to a lack of information about the proposed project. Fairfield County Council members, staff and the developer spent two hours Thursday evening addressing residents’ questions about the project during a forum at Midlands Tech-Fairfield Campus. If built, the $11.5 […]