FAIRFIELD COUNTY — After Fairfield County Council Chairwoman Carolyn Robinson chose to clear Council Chambers after repeated outbreaks of applause during last week’s regular meeting, council made several board and commission appointments, voted to reclassify zoning of a property and voted in favor of buying replacement HVAC systems and commissioning a compensation study.
The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) replacement is for the magistrate and the Department of Social Services buildings, County Administrator Milton Pope said. Committee recommended unanimously Council approve replacing the units for $27,809.
“However, as administrator, I ask the consideration of amending this to include one additional 5-ton unit for DSS,” Pope said, explaining that another old unit stopped working last week. “Fortunately for us, if you look at the financial impact of this, the amount of $27,809, was the lowest and the responsive bidder, by adding the $8,000, we are still way under budget.”
Pope said $75,000 was budgeted in the 2015-2016 budget for the capital purchase. Council voted to amend the recommendation and accept the request of action.
In other business, council voted to reclassify the zoning of property owned by Leroy E. Cohen Jr. from RD-1 to Rural Community District.
Councilman Billy Smith, District 7, said he was going to ask a couple of weeks ago what is permissible in Rural Community Districts and not permissible in RD-1 districts. Smith said he did not think the reclassification would allow the property to be used for anything inappropriate for the area.
“This is in my district, and I know where it’s at, and I don’t think there’d be any objection over there,” Smith said.
The zoning reclassification passed unanimously.
Council also voted in favor of an inducement resolution, which sheds light on a public hearing scheduled for Aug. 10. The county administrator explained the item, which was added to the agenda by a 6-1 vote at the beginning of the meeting. Smith was the dissenting vote.
“This inducement resolution actually gives more details, and I’d like to just briefly go through the summary of what is contained within the resolution,” Pope said. “None of this is final until after we have our second reading, public hearing also in the third reading.”
The company, currently unnamed, would potentially commit itself to $125 million in aggregate investment, 75 new jobs, a 6 percent assessment ratio, lowest allowable millage rate for the agreement’s life, a five-year investment period, a 30-year payment period for each annual increment of the investment period, real property not subject to reassessment, 60 percent special source revenue credit per year for the first 10 years of the fee in lieu of agreement, natural gas line of the county will partner with the Town of Winnsboro to extend the natural gas line to the project at no cost to the company and assisting in grant application.
“This is the summary for the inducement resolution,” Pope said.
The resolution was accepted unanimously.
In other business:
• Gordon Doty, District 6, was appointed to the Board of Assessment Appeals; David Brandenburg, District 7, was appointed to the Construction Board of Adjustments; Clarence Gilbert, District 6, was appointed to the Hospital Board; Jean McCrory, District 2, was appointed to the Library Commission; Paul Dove, District 5, was reappointed to the Library Commission; and Tommy Wright, District 6, was reappointed to the Planning Commission.
• Council Vice Chairman Kamau Marcharia, Councilman Marion Robinson, and Councilman Dan Ruff said they have multiple boards and commissions vacancies in their districts and asked for those interested to contact their district council representative.
• Marcharia brought an email to council’s attention he feels is threatening in nature. Marcharia said in light of recent events, he believes threats of physical violence should be taken seriously. The portion of the email Marcharia finds objectionable is directed at Pope and reads, “When will we put our foot down and put a foot up the administrators rear boot him out and get your damn act together!” Chairwoman Robinson said the email would be reviewed.
• Fairfield County Council next meets at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Fairfield County Government Complex.
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