A facilities needs assessment recommended by a committee of citizens was put on hold by Greenwood County Council following a discussion during last Tuesday’s administration and finance committee meeting. The committee of citizens recommended the county undergo an assessment of facilities prior to making a decision about the Greenwood Civic Center.
The discussion began with questions about the scope of the assessment and the people who would be performing it. Councilman Steve Brown noted that the assessment would cost about $60,000 and the team of people performing the study hold the same certification as city/county planner Phil Lindler. Brown also noted that the scope of the assessment included a projection of future personnel needs, something he and other council members felt fell out of the purview of a facilities assessment.
The discussion inevitably turned to the civic center itself. Councilman Chuck Moates said he did not think the county needed a facilities assessment to see that tearing down the civic center was the most viable option. Moates has been a vocal opponent of keeping the facility open since discussions began about the facility’s fate more than a year ago.
Council chairman Mark Allison said he did not see any other use for the civic center than for parks and recreation. Greenwood County parks and recreation director Tripp May has already told council that he has no use for the building. Councilman Robbie Templeton said still felt a sports complex was a viable option for the 80-acre property, which is something the county has been discussing for several years.
Templeton said the facilities needs assessment bore a price tag that none of council anticipated when they decided to undergo the facilities needs assessment. Templeton also said he saw no need to pay an outside firm $60,000 to do work that could be accomplished by members of the county staff.
Council also asked county manager Toby Chappell to add the volunteer fire department buildings to the list since the county maintains those buildings thought it does not own them.