April 5, 2013
Council passes Land Development ordinance
County Council passed a land development ordinance this week. As I have mentioned before, it will play an important role as our County develops.
The idea of a land development ordinance was birthed by the Edgefield County Strategic Plan. We held numerous meetings as part of the Strategic Plan to gather input on what the County needs to focus on for the next few years, and citizens liked the idea of a land development ordinance and how it could work.
I believe this ordinance should help protect property values, improve the way future development will look across every part of the County, and will have a positive impact on economic development. We still have other work to do, but this ordinance is a good start to enhancing growth in our County.
First Reading held on the Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget
- A 2% increase in salaries for County employees, the first in two years;
- Providing money for two new deputies in the Sheriff’s Department (We also provided funding for the Sheriff to hire two new deputies in this year’s budget);
- A new ambulance, which will make the third the County has purchased in less than two years to update the aging fleet of ambulances;
- Providing money necessary to split two large voting precincts, Trenton and Merriwether;
- Taking the Emergency Management Director’s position to a full-time job, as required by state law; and
- Money for lights for walkers at Bettis Park and work to be done at the Sweetwater Community Center.
There are many, many other items in this proposed budget, of course. I encourage you to go to the Edgefield County website to review it for yourself. I just wanted to give you some highlights.
The County Staff, Elected Officials and Department Heads did an excellent job of pointing out what items were really needed in a tight budget. I appreciate their dedication to the County by looking for ways to save money and hold off on some purchases.
Until next time,