LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 10, 2018

FAMILY COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

Members present were Travis Windham, Chairman; Gordon Eckley, Vice-Chairman; David Addison, member; Jackie Josey, member; Johnette Caughman, member. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Stokes, Assistant Administrator; Paul Fata, Tim DuBose, Teresa Brown.  Others present were Andre Laws, James Felix, Ruby Gibbs, Robert Brown.

FOIA

 Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, all individuals requesting notifications were so notified.

OPEN MEETING, INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
Chairman Windham called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Councilman Addison gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

 Vice-Chairman Eckley made the motion to approve the agenda as mailed. Councilman Addison seconded the motion. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM REGULAR MEETING OF MARCH 13, 2018

 Vice-Chairman Eckley made the motion to approve the minutes of March 13, 2018 as written. Councilperson Caughman seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

age 2, Lee County Council Minutes, April 10, 2018

REQUEST FOR THIRD READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

           MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT FOR STATEWIDE EMERGENCIES

Mr. Watkins said this is an agreement that counties put in place to help one another during a disaster. He said that counties put this in place ahead of time in the event of an emergency.

Councilperson Caughman made the motion to approve for third and final reading. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE WISE USE OF FIRE FOR ECONOMIC, PUBLIC SAFETY AND WILDLIFE BENEFITS

Vice-Chairman Eckley read the resolution. Chairman Windham said that he was contacted by the SC Forestry Commission and they wanted the Council to pass this resolution to help make the public aware of prescribed fire management.

Vice-Chairman Eckley made the motion to approve the Resolution supporting the wise use of fire for economic, public safety and wildlife benefits. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilperson Josey did not have a report.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley not present.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley said the County has completed the new hanger at the airport. He said that gives the County a total of 10 hangers to house planes.  The county currently has eight planes in hangers.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman did not have a report.

Tim DuBose said that the phone system upgrade for E-911 has been completed. He also said that EMD training will start the first of May for dispatchers.

He said that EMS has responded to 1226 calls to date, with 120 calls for April. He also reported that May 5 is Relay for Life which will be held at the old Bishopville High School ballfield.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Councilman Addison did not have a report.

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  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Mr. Fountain was not present. Mr. Watkins said that he has received budget requests from Department Heads and Elected Officials and outside agencies. He said that he would be scheduling a Ways and Means Committee meeting in May.

He said the Employee Insurance was going up 7.4% and retirement was going up. He said that it would be another tough budget year.  He said the Local Government Fund would be funded the same as last year.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Andre Laws said the Magnolia Festival would be on May 5 and invited everyone to attend. He said that Will Wheeler would be the Grand Marshall.

Pat Carter invited everyone to the Junteenth Festival on June 16 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Park

Ruby Gibbs Williams invited everyone to the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Walk on May 19 at 8:00 a.m. She said it would be a five mile walk.

Carrie Gass invited everyone to Mechanicsville UMC for a Health and Safety Fair on April 14.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 9:52 a.m. on a motion made by Vice-Chairman Eckley, seconded by Councilperson Josey.

 

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CHAIRMAN                                                                       VICE-CHAIRMAN

 

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MINUTES APPROVED                                                 CLERK TO COUNCIL