WINNSBORO — Interim County Administrator Milton Pope told Fairfield County Council recently that county staff is prepared to begin moving forward with the spending of the $3.5 million recreational bond.
Ken Simmons and Associates won the bid to serve as a consulting firm and will lead the county through the process of deciding how to spend the $3.5 million.
The firm has been given notice to proceed and will begin scheduling interviews with each council member to inquire about the wants from their district.
Ken Simmons and Associates will receive a list of recommendations from each district’s council member to begin compiling a master list.
Pope noted the importance of using a consulting firm to arrange a master list of recreational projects.
“The master list could exceed or could not exceed our funding, but we need to know to support a long term plan,” Pope said. “We need to know what those costs are and if there are going to be any continual costs of operational costs we need to consider.”
Once the master list of projects is reviewed, it will then come back to council for a full vote on how to move forward.
Fairfield County Recreation Director Lori Schaffer will coordinate the project as well.
In other business, council decided to table a decision on the disposition of surplus vehicles following the addition of nearly 16 vehicles to the county’s fleet.
In the past, council has given vehicles to the Town of Ridgeway, the Town of Winnsboro, Fairfield County School District and Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
However, after Council Chairman David Ferguson made a motion to continue that policy, Councilwoman Carolyn Robinson questioned if the policy was truly “policy.”
She noted that in a motion made in 2002 council decided to donate those vehicles, but motions are only good for two years and are not permanent, like ordinances.
Robinson suggested auctioning off vehicles that could bring in approximately $1,000 and donating the lesser vehicles.
Vice Chairman Dwayne Perry along with Councilman David Brown urged council to table a decision before gathering more information.
“Maybe we can get some feedback on this process,” Perry advised. “What kind of financial return have we gotten from taking those vehicles there to auction? Maybe we can have that information brought back to us before we make a decision on it.”
After a brief debate, Ferguson agreed to table the issue until the next regular meeting on April 14.