Williamsburg County Council approves purchase of new public works equipment
KINGSTREE, S.C. – The Williamsburg County Council approved the second reading of an ordinance Monday to amend the budget ordinance for fiscal years 2018-19.
Liz Nelson, the county’s chief of finance, said the 2018-19 budget was not balanced, and she felt it was her “fiscal responsibility” to balance it before going into a new budget. Stephen O. Edwards was the Williamsburg County director of finance and administration last year when the budget was created.
Williamsburg County Supervisor Tiffany Wright said during a council meeting on Monday that the Finance and Budget Committee met Thursday to discuss a proposal to obtain new equipment for public works. The department hasn’t had new equipment in probably more than six years, she said.
“Some of you may or may not know that a lot of our equipment had been experiencing some challenges,” Wright said. “And we’re trying to get new equipment so that we can continue to meet the needs of our citizens. So we had a meeting with Blanchard and Caterpillar.”
She said the dealer made the county a great offer to purchase new equipment, including a new hydraulic excavator, backhoe, bulldozer and dump trucks, among other items.
Some of the public works department’s current equipment will be traded in. According to Wright, the total package will cost $307,767.16.
The county should receive two new dump trucks by Thursday, and other equipment will come later.
The finance committee approved the purchase last week, and it was approved by the county council Monday.
In other business, the council passed a proclamation Monday recognizing May as Older Americans Month.
Antonio Brown was named the county’s Employee of the Month. Brown is part of the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office and defends the county’s administration building. The sheriff’s office was also named the Department of the Month.
“Our sheepdogs are there to answer the call of service for all of our citizens,” Wright said. “They’re there to provide protection for us and make sure that we live lives that we should live.”
Wright said “sheepdogs” are often never given the proper credit for what they do, but they are the ones who run into bad situations while trying to get others out of harm’s way.
“So I am excited to know that we have a great sheriff’s office with a great leadership as well as staff that works there,” Wright said.