WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council unanimously approved purchases totaling $780,000 following the recommendation of administration and the Finance Committee.
The four departments of Animal Control, EMS, Public Works and Veterans Affairs had their request of actions approved.
The headline purchase was for $280,000 for EMS to replace cardiac monitors. EMS also received the approval of a $180,000 ambulance.
Animal Control will receive two vehicles totaling $60,000 and Veterans Affairs will receive one vehicle worth $30,000.
Public Works was approved for the purchase of four new trucks totaling $120,000, a $75,000 flail mower and a $35,000 lowboy trailer.
Fairfield County Council recently voted to give no more than two vehicles per year to the school district’s Career and Technology Center.
The motion was put on the floor by Councilwoman Carolyn Robinson (District 2) and passed unanimously.
According to Robinson, the county has generated $171,636 from vehicles auctioned off in the last five years.
“I think it is most important we continue having these auctions because it brings people in from different states,” she noted.
Council did specify that the policy would be brought back to the floor year by year.
The school district requested two vehicles, one of which an SUV preferably, for student’s training in the automotive class.
Councilman David Brown (District 7) asked county administration if any county departments needed vehicles before voting to donate them.
Interim County Administrator Milton Pope informed Brown that each department is asked about its needs before the vehicles are cycled out of the fleet.
In other business, council unanimously passed the name change of High Hill Lane to Wylie Lane. The change was approved once council had the appropriate signatures, which were believed to be invalid at a previous meeting.
Fairfield County has joined the I-77 alliance along with York and Chester counties. The three citizens selected to serve on the board were William McMaster, Doug Payne and John Smalls.
“Those three gentlemen will serve a three-year term on the I-77 alliance,” Ferguson explained.
Robinson was the lone vote against the selection.