Last updated: August 08. 2014 2:49PM - 417 Views
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

District 1 resident Randy Bright was recently appointed to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board.
District 1 resident Randy Bright was recently appointed to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board.
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WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council unanimously approved the consideration of approval for the 2014-2015 JAG grant funds application.

Council held a public hearing on July 14 to receive $10,400 in federal funds for use in the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department.

“We had quite a conversation about that and our funds guys told us exactly what this will be used for,” Fairfield County Council Chair David Ferguson said.

Fairfield County Grants Coordinator Steven Gaither advised council that funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial 2014-2015 JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) will be used to assist in paying for capital purchases, administrative and operational charges of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014, and ending Sept. 30, 2015.

Gaither noted the sheriff’s department requested eight Dell computers, which will be used in patrol vehicles.

“The computers will be used when pulling a suspect over,” Gaither said July 14. “They’re able to get information immediately and they’re able to find out if there are prior warrants or arrests. All the information will be right there.”

Gaither added that many other communities and sheriff’s offices already have computers mounted in patrol vehicles.

Board and Commission Appointments

Receiving a re-appointment to the Fairfield County Aeronautics Commission was Ron Gat, who will represent District 6.

Receiving appointment to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board was Randy Bright, who will represent District 1.

Administrative updates

Council recently met with the Town of Winnsboro to discuss the analysis of the U.S. Corps of Engineers study concerning options to secure a sustainable source of water.

The study noted in the immediate future, the Town of Winnsboro should continue to contract with the City of Columbia for the wholesale purchase of water.

However, Winnsboro has begun exploring other options to secure water long-term, including constructing a water line from Lake Monticello.

County staff is in the process of electronically codifying all codes and ordinances. The project was initiated in October of 2013. Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope noted that staff is now at a point where they can submit information to the Municipal Code Corporation, which does work all across the county.

“We will be submitting that and once we successfully complete that process, you will in essence be able go online and download our code of ordinances where it is readily available,” he explained.

The information will be available for public use as well.

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