Darlington County Council talks about hiring two new employees

December 4, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County Council voted Monday night on a second reading to amend the 2018-19 fiscal budget to include salaries and benefits for two new employees.

The County Treasurer’s Office has come up with a little more than $70,000 to cover wages, insurance and retirement payments for the two positions.

“There is one position in the county’s treasurer’s office and one in the administrator’s office,” County Administrator Charles Stewart said.

The treasurer’s office needs someone to track vehicle renewal stickers. According to Stewart, the dealer purchases the first year, but after that, the owner must pay the property tax on a vehicle. If the owner does not pay the tax, they cannot receive a sticker.

Stewart did comment on the need for an additional person but did not elaborate on the job duties at this point.

By law, the county has to approve an ordinance to amend the budget to the tune of $70,174. The county is covering this with parts of two supplements from current tax revenue ($50,000) and miscellaneous revenue ($20,174).

The miscellaneous revenues generally are unexpected refunds or money turned back to the county that was not itemized on that year’s budget. According to Stewart, they can come from a various sources.

In other county business, members received information from Myron Byrd, who is a wildlife specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about beaver activity in the county.

In a monthly report compiled by Byrd, there were four areas of concern as of Oct. 31. Those were Plumfield, Underground Branch, Burnt Branch and Mayford Road. Approximately 10 beaver dams are identified, and work had been continuing. No more than four dams were identified at any single location.

Additional business included a report from the Darlington County Transportation Committee’s meeting of Oct. 24 presided over by Chairman Willie Pearson.

In the report, Pearson reviewed the following correspondence:

>> S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on Sept. 10 – approved $675,340 for the Commanchee Street paving beginning at Centerville Road and extending north for 3,200 feet.

>> SCDOT on Sept. 17 – approved $1,188,350 for the resurfacing all or a portion of Jeffery Street, Reid Street, C Avenue, Russell Street, Winnston Street, Belle Vue Drive, Sweetbriar Road, Darlington Avenue, McLendon Street, Adam Circle and Warren Avenue.

>> SCDOT on Sept. 19 – A project bid came in less than projected at $34,696.27. The specific project was not named.

>> SCDOT on Oct. 10 – Several projects were finalized and funds in the amount of $25,284.80 will be returned to Darlington County Transportation non-recurring H.4230 uncommitted balance.

County Roads and Bridge Supervisor Robby Richardson said the weather during that time period prior to the meeting had slowed some projects. Paving crews were dryer weather. However, pipe laying was continuing on one of the projects.

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Courthouse Annex/EMS Building in Darlington.

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