Members of the Greenwood County Council met Tuesday afternoon in an Administration and Financing Committee meeting.
A primary item at interest was the funding of community events, and in particular, the 2013 Aviation Expo that will be held at the Greenwood County Airport. According to Councilwoman Edith Childs, individuals within the community should have to present detailed presentations of their particular function, when asking for assistance from the county to fund the particular event.
“I think that these people need to come to us with their plan at hands with what their function is going to be about,” Childs said. “They need to come before us.” County Manager Toby Chappell explained that the County Council should take a “holistic” approach.
“The issue that I see is that it’s almost first come, first serve,” Chappell said in response to Childs. “You are not looking at the projects worthiness together, you are looking at whoever comes first, whenever the money runs out, the money runs out. I would recommend that we look at some kind of holistic approach, looking at project versus project, deciding this one seems to be more worthy than that one.”
According to Rossie Corwon, $6,000 has already been raised, with $2,000 being requested from the county. The event will be further discussed in future meetings.
“I think this is a very positive thing for Greenwood County,” Councilman Steve Brown said. “This is promoting ourselves. This is marketing Greenwood County, our airport, what we are doing at the airport. I think we should fund things like this, but I don’t think we should fund every little thing that comes along.”
In other business, a bid was requested for two new fire trucks. The total sum of the trucks would cost $595,172.
Following a closed door, Executive Session, members of the council discussed the current fire budget in a budget workshop. The main topic of interest throughout the workshop dealt with the necessity of building two new fire stations, one that would be located in Ware Shoals and the other in Hodges. The total Fire Project Fund is $399,227.50. Members attending the meeting deliberated the necessity of the new stations, as opposed to using the current funds to improve the overall state of existing stations.
The meeting adjourned following the budget workshop.