First Council 2021 Meeting

Council Holds First Meeting Of Year

  Saluda County Council held its first meeting of 2021 on Jan. 11.
  Chairman Jerry Strawbridge welcomed the two new members, Jack Atkinson - District 2 and Carey Bedenbaugh - District 4.
  Council approved amending the agenda to add two items, the resignation of the Moore-Taylor Law Firm as the county attorney, and the temporary hiring of G.P. Callison at $200 an hour until the advertising of request for proposal for a county attorney was completed. Both added items were approved.
  Justin Anderson was elected vice-chairman. Anderson thanked his fellow Council members for the honor. He said in two years time he has gone from being a rookie to the second longest serving member of Council.
  In old business, Council gave third and final readings to ordinances concerning the Mayson solar farm. One gives a fee in lieu of property taxes, and the other added it to a joint industrial park with Edgefield County.
  Second reading was given to an ordinance to repeal Ordinance No. 3-177, prohibiting nepotism or the hiring of relatives by Saluda County. This passed by a 4-1 vote.
  A resolution recognizing Karen T. Whittle on her retirement after 34 years of service to the county was approved.
  First reading was given to an ordinance amending the multi-county industrial park agreement with Aiken County due to new owners of Beulah Solar, LLC. This was followed by a resolution which will allow the new owners of Beulah Solar, to get the existing fee-in-lieu of ad valorem taxes granted to the original owners.
  Chairman Strawbridge announced his committee appointments for 2021 and 2022. Because of an increase in the employer’s portion of the health insurance, Council voted to take $20,000 from contingency to pay the difference.
  Paul Potts and Jerry Sprague were reappointed to the Airport Commission, and Councilman Frank Daniel’s appointment of Doris L. Hicks to the Saluda Nursing Center Board was approved.



2020 YEAR IN REVIEW
(Continued from last week)

SEPTEMBER
  •The defending State Champion Saluda Tigers began their season on Sept. 25 at Eau Claire in Columbia. The season was shortened to conference opponents and two non-conference teams. Social distancing, and masks were required. Home game attendance was limited to 1000.
  •Saluda County Council approved the school and county millage Mon., Sept 14.  The total county millage is 158.9, while Saluda County Schools millage is 194.3.
  •The Farmers To Families Program was a tremendous experience for Saluda County Schools, when over 30,000 pounds of produce were delivered to all students and faculty of the district at no cost for two straight weeks.
  •Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 689, with 19  deaths.  The county is classified as low incidence with a rate of 83 per 100,000.  Last week, the figure was 298 cases per 100,000 with a moderately high incidence rating.
  •The 2020 Larry E. Gentry Memorial Golf Tournament usually played the first Sunday in October, was postponed for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  •A Ninety Six man died two days after a crash in Saluda County, authorities report.    Lafayette Robinson, 73, died Wednesday after a motor vehicle collision on Monday, September 21st, according to Saluda County Coroner’s Office chief investigator Angie Rita.
  •With the sale of the building the Standard-Sentinel has occupied the last five years, the office moved to a new location.   Jackie Kidd and Ralph Shealy will do the newspaper work from their respective homes.
WE SAID GOODBYE...
  •County government and agriculture leader Fred Mills died Sept. 9, at the age of 93.
  •Ethel “Peg” Cockrell Bolton, retired from the Town of Saluda’s Commission of Public Works,  95, passed away at the Saluda Nursing Center.
  •Wilbur A. Humphries, 92, business partner with Saluda Jewelry Company, passed away  September 8.
  •Joseph Lake Shealy, 90, owner of the Tire & Oil Company for 65 years, passed away September 4.
  •James Heyward Bouknight Jr., 77, former Saluda High School head football coach,  died September 11.
  •William Ronald Porter, 84,  retired area supervisor with South Carolina Electric & Gas, died September 27.
OCTOBER
  •A new study from financial technology company  SmartAsset has found the places in South Carolina where home values have risen the most. Saluda ranked 4th.
  •Family and friends joined together on Main Street, Saluda, Sat., Oct. 8, to welcome home 9-month-old Caylie Berry and her family. For the past five months Caylie has been receiving cancer treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Last week, Caylie’s parents, Kayla Smith and Scott Berry, got the devastating news Caylie’s cancer had spread and there was nothing more the doctors could do. The family packed up and came home, where Caylie will be surrounded by love and prayers.
  •Daeyton Hall qualified for the 2020 FYRA Rodeo finals on Pendleton, SC. Oct. 16-18, at Double J Arena.  
  •Saluda County Council got the ball rolling on a new project in the county at the Mon., Oct. 12, meeting. The first step was a resolution authorizing the execution and deliver of a fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement between Saluda County and a company identified for the time being as Project Mayson.


(Continued next week)