According to County Councilman William Pugh, Saluda County entered the 21st Century, when County Council voted Mon., Feb. 11, to buy a new software program for the Building Codes and Permits office. The purchase was necessitated by the crash of the old computer program.
County I.T. coordinator D.J. Miller said he could not repair the program, and the company that created it is no longer in business.
Miller recommended the county go with a company named iWorQ, a web-based company, which would store the county’s records at the company headquarters. The building codes office would not need a server.
Miller said with the program being web based, Gary Therrell and Sheila Horne, could access all the records from an iPad in the field.
Miller said the company would also convert the records from the old program to a new one.
Therrell and Mrs. Horne said they both felt iWorQ was a good program.
Miller emphasized the county would not have to sign a contract with the company, just pay a yearly fee, which will be $5,844 this year, including. $1000 in one-time start-up fees.
Council voted unanimously to go with the service agreement, with the money coming out of contingency.
Third and final reading was given to an ordinance authorizing a restricted easement to Persimmon Hill Golf Course on county owned property at the Saluda County Airport.
Persimmon Hill can only used the easement for transporting yard debris from the golf course across lands of the airport by tractor and trailer. No other use is permitted.
Like last month, Councilman Jacob Schumpert questioned the location of the easement, and was the only Council member to vote against the ordinance.
Council approved the awarding of Accommodations Tax Funds as follows:
Palmetto Tractor Club, $1500; Friends of Ridge Spring, $1200; Friends of Ridge Spring (23 Yard Sale), $1200; Richland Creek Antique Power Association, $1500; Art Association of Ridge Spring, $1300; Ridge Spring Harvest Festival, $2200; Capital City Lake Murray, $1500; Saluda County Tourism Committee, $3500; Saluda County Historical Society, $1500; Saluda Young Farmer & Agribusiness Association, $3500; Little River Festival, $1100.
Grant A. Berry and Keith Ed-wards were appointed to the Saluda County Building and Mobile Home Appeals Board, and Susan Gillian was appointed to the Employee Grievance Committee.
At the beginning of the meeting, John Henderson of the S.C. Association of Counties presented the County a Gold Award for prompt reporting of property and liability claims during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Ruby Butler of the County Risk Management Office and Chairman Don Hancock accepted the award.
Before the meeting, Council members got the see the new Dodge Charger Sheriff’s cars they approved at the last meeting. Sheriff John Perry thanked Council members for their support.