WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council heard an update at its May 13 meeting about housing ordinances when Dan Vismor explained that Article 2 needed removing from Housing Ordinance No. 616.
“When the county adopted the international building code, some areas of the ordinance overlapped,” he said.
Another issue is an amendment to clarify who is responsible in the county for a derelict, abandoned mobile home. County Attorney Jack James is drafting an ordinance to reflect the changes that would remove the county from a Catch-22.
Currently the county would have to pay the money to have the abandoned home removed. But Vismor and others believe those expenses should be passed onto the landowner if the owner of the mobile home leaves the county and cannot be located to be billed and tasked with removing the derelict property.
Jack James told council he needed to do more research about whether titles were needed for the mobile home before it could be destroyed and hauled off.
In other news, Angela Jones, 4-H agent for Fairfield County, thanked county council for funding 4-H and outlined new plans to reach out to youth including a Teen Leadership Team for youth ages 13-19.
The leadership team would be involved in citizenship and community service and meet once a month. Jones’ goal is to have the teens learn on a local and state level, so she plans a trip to the State House as part of the program.
For ages 9-12 she will have a junior leadership team, teaching etiquette and the Health Rocks curriculum. She is looking for a volunteer coordinator for the county and hopes that parents and community leaders will step up to help with 4-H clubs. She said 4-H will train the volunteers. Another event in the works is a 4-H Back to School Fun Day in August.
Jones has partnered with Fairfield County Schools and she is starting a one-hour afternoon day camp at Winnfield West Apartments in June. 4-H also is partnering with the Chameleon Program under the leadership of Vanessa Hollins and a one-hour day camp will be held with those students and 4-hers on June 6.
Jones is working with the Fairfield County Library, Fairfield Behavioral Health, the Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, Bi-Lo and Dollar General. The businesses can donate in-kind gifts, such as swim goggles to 4-H.
“I am exited to be our county 4-H agent and believe not that the youth are our future but that they are our youth for today,” she said.
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