Marlboro County Council elected officers for the new year during its first meeting of 2019.
Dr. Carolyn Prince will continue to serve as the chairman of the council. The council voted unanimously for a second consecutive one-year term for Prince as the group’s leader.
"I want to thank everyone for their confidence in me," said Prince, who represents District 5 on the council.
The council also voted for Jason Steen, who represents District 1, to another term as the vice-chairman. Prior to serving as vice-chair, Steen had been the chairman for two years.
Prior to the election of officers, councilmen Anthony Woods (District 8), Corrie Plato (District 4), Steen and Steve Blackmon (District 7) took the oath of office. All four were re-elected for another term in November.
The council gave second reading approval to an ordinance that establishes the Marlboro County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. In a recent meeting, council voted not to renew its contract with Marlboro Rescue when it expires in June. Instead, the county will begin operating its own ambulance and rescue squad.
This new board will be initiated to advise county council and the county administration on emergency medical issues and oversee the operations of the new rescue service.
County administrator Ron Munnerlyn pointed out that the ordinance details who will serve on this new board, including representatives of McLeod, Scotland Health, CareSouth Carolina, county and city fire departments, the coroner and the sheriff. In all, there will be 13 members of the board.
The only other action that the council took was to approve the purchase of 28.71 acres of land that is adjacent to the Delta economic development site in Wallace. This land had been purchased at a delinquent tax sale by a private investor in 2016. In order to consolidate the entire site for future prospects, the council approved up to $30,000 for the purchase of this tract.
During the administrator’s report, Munnerlyn discussed the sale of the Baldor industrial site in Clio.
“It took a year from the first contact until the announcement, which shows how detailed an economic development project can be,” said Munnerlyn.
The new company will employ 130 and hopes to begin preparation work at the plant within the next month.
Munnerlyn said that even before clean-up and redevelopment of the Delta site has begun, the county is having visits from prospective companies. One company visited on Monday and has serious interest in locating in the county.
Munnerlyn told the council that planning is underway for the spring “Keep Marlboro County Clean and Green” clean-up day. The first such event was held last April and was a big success. There was to be a second clean-up during the fall but Hurricane Florence prevented that from taking place. He plans to extend invitations to all the municipalities in the county to participate in this event.
Munnerlyn told the council that the county's recreation efforts will be a focus for the staff in the spring. The goal is to improve upon existing programs and add features for adults and seniors.
Munnerlyn recognized the only county employee who had a work anniversary of five or more years in December. That is Probate Judge Mark Heath, who celebrated 20 years with the county.