WINNSBORO — The Department of Commerce has awarded the Town of Winnsboro a community development grant under the Community Infrastructure initiative to improve sewer lines within the Town of Winnsboro and Fairfield County.
A local cash match of 10 percent ($113,900) is required from Winnsboro to receive the grant. Originally the grant was for well over $1 million.
However, according to Town Manager Don Wood the total grant has been decreased to $676,000.
“We initially had the grant application for over $1 million but they disallowed part of that,” he noted.
Wood said council decided to hold firm with a $113,900 match because it greatly improved the town’s chances of receiving the grant by matching higher than 10 percent.
“So we left that there in hopes that we would receive the remainder,” Wood explained. “These improvements are a necessity that DHEC is forcing us to take care of anyway.”
Community infrastructure has been determined to be top priority according to the Town of Winnsboro’s 2014 Needs Assessment and requirements from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
In other business, council unanimously allowed the gratis use of the Old Armory to the Fairfield County Library and Fairfield County School District on April 30 for the Read-In event.
The Read-In will last approximately from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and attendees from each school are selected as reward for their performance in the Reading Counts program.
Over 400 students, teachers and parents participated in last year’s Read-In.
Gratis use was approved with the agreement to pay a $200 clean-up fee.
Council also voted to allow Fairfield Behavioral Health Services the use of the Town Clock’s lower area to store tables and chairs the night before its 5k Run/Walk that will be held on April 26.
After granting the request, Mayor Roger Gaddy asked Wood to draft guidelines for future use of the Town Clock by other organizations other than the Town of Winnsboro.
Following an executive session, town council made a motion to approve a resolution to longer do business with Mid County Water.
The motion authorized Wood to give public notice of the expiration of the wholesale water agreement between the Town of Winnsboro and Mid County Water Company.
The decision effectively terminates the contract with Mid County Water at noon on April 16, 2014.
Mid County Water representatives are scheduled to meet with the Town of Winnsboro in a specially called water committee meeting on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Town Hall.