WINNSBORO — At its final meeting for 2013, Fairfield County Council voted unanimously to approve funds previously budgeted for the Eau Claire Health Cooperative and for the Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
As part of the project, Dr. Stuart Hamilton with the Eau Claire Health Cooperative requested $50,0000 from the county in two payments. Council approved the payments unanimously to fund a low income medical facility in Jenkinsville.
“People need to realize we are moving from the north end to the south end … which allows health care to the western side of the county and helps alleviate hospital expense from increased ER visits,” Hamilton said.
Councilman David Brown said the move will save the county money in the future while providing needed services.
“This is a good vote and a good facility and I am glad the county did what it did,” Brown said.
Chairman David Ferguson agreed, noting that the cooperative was a good investment for the county, FMH and the federal government.
Council also voted unanimously to temporarily close a portion of Debutary Road, where a bridge is washed out.
Interim County Administrator Milton Pope said residents and renters voiced concern over dumping and illegal activities taking place on the isolated portions of the road near where the bridge is out.
County attorney Jack James said if the bridge is reconstructed or replaced, the county could reopen the road then. According to James, this is a formality to temporarily close the road similar to what the county did with Pope road a few years ago.
The portion of the road coming from Catawba Road goes up to the bridge. The other side of the road near Wateree Road is before the bridge. Pope said the action would be prudent and relieve the county of the dumping and illegal activities without having to allocate tax dollars.
Ferguson asked if the county would be in charge of safety guidelines and Anderson said the county would have to adhere to safety and visibility guidelines if the road were closed.
In other business:
• Council also approved 7-0 a $245,000 advance on its April payments to help with a cash flow problem at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. The money was previously budgeted for such use but a council vote was required to authorize its use.
• Council voted unanimously to approve a specialized vehicle for the emergency management department.
• Council also approved the naming of unnamed roads in the county.