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County council members, from left to right, David Brown, Mikel Trapp, Carolyn Robinson and David Ferguson discuss business during the Feb. 24 meeting.
County council members, from left to right, David Brown, Mikel Trapp, Carolyn Robinson and David Ferguson discuss business during the Feb. 24 meeting.
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WINNSBORO — Richardson Construction Company was awarded the $1,084,275 contract to build the wastewater line for the Fairfield Commerce Center. The motion, made by Vice Chairman Dwayne Perry, was unanimously approved.

Voting took place following an executive session to receive legal advice in the Feb. 24 meeting.

Upstate Engineering firm was deemed ineligible by council for the same contract.

According to interim County Administrator Milton Pope, the firm could not meet all the criteria of the council. Pope specifically pointed out criteria regarding the bonding.

Richardson Construction, the next responsive bidder, was approved as the recipient after a unanimous vote by council.

“They were the next one in line,” Pope stated after the meeting.

He also noted that Richardson Construction’s price tag would be under the estimated budget for the project.

Richardson Construction lies on the county line between Richland and Fairfield.

“We’ve been trying to get locals folks in so we like that,” Pope said.

Pope said the project would begin relatively immediately and emphasized that the construction for the wastewater line will begin quickly because the project is on a short timeline.

In new business, a SCDOT funded project to renovate the intersection of S.C. 34 and U.S. 21 just outside of Ridgeway town limits has been put on hold after public outcry.

Councilman David Brown, also a Rural Transportation Committee member, said it would be best to forgo a motion on the renovation plans before the committee can come up with a possible alternate proposal.

Currently, the proposed plans would take a small amount of land from Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Ridgeway Primary Healthcare and the entire service station.

“When they started placing those markers, people had a lot to say and we received plenty of input,” Council Chairman David Ferguson said.

Ferguson suggested a way to come out with some good if the plan is aborted. He inquired about the opportunity to use the funding or part of the funding to widen Peach Road.

Although there is no guarantee SCDOT would approve changing projects because the funding is very specific.

Ferguson is hopeful to keep the funding in Fairfield County after speaking with an SCDOT member. A proposal would have to be approved by SCDOT.

The proposed widening of Peach Road would remain in the highway’s right-of-way.would stretch out two feet in each direction.

In other business, Pope anticipated that an update concerning the collapse of a portion of a retaining wall at the Drawdy Park football field would be prepared and finalized for the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 10.

The company, S2 Engineering, has been scrutinized since the wall’s collapse. Following the collapse, council voted to review not only the retaining wall, but all other S2 projects as well.

The economic development committee made a recommendation for council to offer the Center Creek property in a public sale. Center Creek is a 405-acre property and was purchased back in 2002.

With the budget fast approaching, Pope advised council to expedite that process so the county can have that information during the budget process.

Pope suggested renewing the same agent, Beverly Frost, who was procured by council before.

“There are no conflicts with this person and the contract would be made public,” Pope said. “We could actually have someone with expertise in that area so we can find out if there are buyers out there.”

Pope noted that those duties would follow under the administrator’s discretion, but wanted to publicly receive council’s permission to move forward with the process.

Council approved the recommendation by majority with one vote abstained by Brown.

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