March 2017 Council Meeting

Council Starts Movement Toward
Recreation Complex Expansion 

Saluda County Council put in motion plans that could lead to the expansion of the Saluda County Recreation Complex.
  The action was taken at the Mon., Mar. 13, meeting.
  Councilman D.J. Miller made two motions that came out of a meeting with his fellow Quality of Life committee member Councilwoman Gwen Shealy and Recreation Director Paul Ergle.
  The first motion was to get bids on the demolition of the old Roads and Bridges building for the purpose of expanding the Recreation Complex.
  The second motion was to request the recreation director to  research the feasibility of moving the adult softball field from Brooks and Roston Park to the County Recreation Complex for the purpose of creating a unified country recreation complex, and to obtain quotes to construct the adult softball field.
  Before passing both motions, Council heard from Ergle, who said a unified recreation complex would be a plus, rather than having fields scattered all over the county.
   The basketball courts, playground and restroom facilities would remain at Brooks and Roston, Ergle said. Once the softball field is moved a walking trail, similar to the one at the Saluda Park, could be constructed.
  Council heard from Jerome Davis on a complaint he had about the inordinate amount of chicken  feathers that regularly falls in his yard on Hwy. 23, Ridge Spring.
  Davis said he would not complain about four or five feathers, but he has been having a problem with the feathers for years and he was getting too old to pick them up. He said feathers should violate the county litter ordinance. His wife passed around photos of the feathers in their yard.
  Councilman Frank Daniel said he would continue to work to help solve the problem.
  “When I went in the army, I had to pick up cigarette butts. I didn’t know that would follow me the rest of my life,” Davis said.
  Council gave second reading to an ordinance to execute a quit deed on the old Emory School House, and first reading to an ordinance lowering the rental prices on the hangars at the airport.
  If approved the ordinance will turn the Emory School over to the Emory School, Inc., a non profit organization. 
  The lowering of hangar rental prices was recommended by the Airport Commission, who believe the lower prices will help fill the vacancies. If all the hangars are rented the airport will receive FAA funding.
  Adopted was the County Buildings Health and Safety Inspections Policy at the recommendation of Risk Manager Mike Berry.
  Council approved issuing a request for proposal for annual physicals for county firefighters and EMS employees, and funding replacement of floor covering in various rooms at the Health Department at a cost of $17,370.29. Bonitz Flooring of Columbia got the bid. The project will be funded from the building repair account.
  The part-time process server job description and the updated full-time process server job description were approved. Council authorized the staff to issue a request for proposal for a wage and salary study on county employees.
  Before going into executive session, Council appointed Trey Fingerlin to the Tax Appeals Board.
  At the begining of the meeting councilmembers praised the Saluda County EMS for winning a state award. (See releated story.)

DAR Essay Writing Contest Winner

  Congratulations to Hailey Rogers for being chosen as the regional Old 96 District Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution essay writing contest winner.
  Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor an essay contest. This year’s topic was “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.” Students had to research the topic and write a 300-500 word essay with a bibliography and title page to compete in this contest. Hailey chose to write about the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
  In addition, Hailey was also chosen as the state winner for the 5th grade division! Hollywood is so proud of Hailey for this amazing achievement. She and her family will be traveling to Columbia to attend the National Society DAR luncheon on March 25th to receive her prizes.

FIRST GRADERS WRITE BOOK - First grade students in Mrs. Chloe Young’s class recently received their very own books published through Student Treasures.  The students researched topics, choosing a nonfiction book.  Each student wrote and illustrated a page and then worked collaborately to create the front cover and title page.  They titled their book “Our Book of Facts.” The entire process took about  six weeks.