Williamsburg County approving paving, InnovaPad contracts

KINGSTREE, S.C. – During their second meeting in April, Williamsburg County Council members approved several business contracts and agreements.

Council members okayed an ordinance that updates an older agreement for a joint county industrial park with Georgetown County that is in that county. First executed in the mid-1990s, according to County Attorney Billy Jenkinson, the ordinance adds a parcel of land to the site.

Upon the recommendation of the bid committee, presented by Council member Franklin Fulmore, council agreed to accept the low bid of Palmetto Corporation of Conway to repave five county roads. That bid is for $1,033,156.81. Council also agreed to accept the low bid of PSI of Conway to pave the parking lot of the Williamsburg County One Stop near Hemingway. That bid is for $25,554.

Resolutions approving the low bids also authorized County Supervisor Stanley Pasley to carry out the contracts.

Council passed a proclamation acknowledging May as Older Americans Month and passed a resolution recognizing May 11-15 as National Transportation Week.

Council also created an agreement continuing to acknowledge the service by the Waccamaw Workforce Development Area. The area was created under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is now operating under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. As such the names of the consortium has changed, but not the intent and service done, Pasley explained.

WDA serves Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties and some of its funding is passed through the Waccamaw Regional Planning Council. The new agreement, signed by all counties, reflects these changes.

Council members agreed to accept a quit claims deed to the old Chavis Elementary property on U.S. Highway 41-51 just south of the Hemingway city limits. The county has been leasing the property from the Williamsburg County School District and is now taking over the 20-acre site.

The school district will continue its use of four classrooms in the facility, according to the agreement. Also in keeping with the agreement, the facility must always be used as a public building and can’t be sold for another purpose, County Attorney Billy Jenkinson explained.

Council members agreed to allow InnovaPad of Greenville to become the billing source for the Williamsburg County Fire Department’s new accident assessment fee. In 2013 the software company launched it’s I-Pad-based software package as a way to help fire departments access revenue. InnovaPad’s cost recovery software allows firefighters to quickly gather information needed to file insurance claims when they respond to large vehicle accidents.

InnovaPad keeps 25 percent of the assessed fee and the county fire department will receive 75 percent of the fee. The fee helps the county offset costs associated with responding to traffic accidents, which it is mandated by state law to do, County Fire Chief Randy Swinton told council.

Council’s next meeting is set for May 19.