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County Council, March 31

Septic systems and Seniors’ center
Consultants and the Sheppard Tract

Warwick Jones

It was a relatively short Finance Committee meeting yesterday, at least until the Committee broke out for an executive session. Many of the items on the agenda related to procurement or minor capital projects. In summary, the Committee:

• Agreed to join with a number of other agencies to make a joint application for $460,000 from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. The funds will be applied to upgrade failing septic systems in the West Country specifically the Toogoodoo Basin. Of the $460,000, Charleston Community Services will seek $30,000 to specifically act as community liaison, educator and advocate.

• Heard a presentation by staff about progress in building a seniors’ center in West Ashley. A request for proposals is likely to be sent out shortly. No site has yet been chosen. There are a number of potential donors to the project. The cost is estimated at about $3 million and the yearly operating cost $380,000.

• Agreed to hire consultants to assist the East Edisto Development Agreement Review Team Committee in shaping the Development agreement with Mead Westvaco. The latter is planning to develop 31,000 acres in East Edisto. Specifically, the consultant will help on Planning, Engineering, Finance, and Legal. The costs of the consultant will come from the $175,000 paid by Mead Westvaco’s application fee.

• Agreed to take the Shepphard Tract off the market. The appraised value of the 753 acre tract is $2 million. An offer was made of $950,000. The Committee has chosen to wait until real estate values recover. The tract is still for sale and if there were an interested bidder but at a much higher price, it would be again be put on the market.

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