Marlboro County Council got a brief update on the CARES Act broadband project at its Tuesday meeting.
The county received $883,000 from the SC CARES act funds.
The funds will be used as a 50-50 match with Sandhill Communications to run fiber optic cable to Blenheim, Clio, McColl, and improve infrastructure in Bennettsville.
Sandhill Telephone Cooperative worked with the county in the project to be able to bring high-speed Internet to many areas of the county.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said they have had many inquires as to where the service will be extended.
“We are hopeful that information can be shared soon,” he said.
The state has mandated all work be completed by mid-December.
Marlboro County is ranked the worst of all the counties in the state in regards to broadband access.
In other business, during Munnerlyn’s report, the council was reminded that the Marlboro General Hospital Charities Trust approved their request to determine the community needs and whether it can support a hospital or an alternative. The study is underway.
County officials are continuing to support additional COVID-19 testing with Marian Wright Edelman Public Library being used as a site. Munnerlyn said county facilities would only allow testing with no politicians hanging around. He noted testing is a private, personal health situation and citizens should not have to deal with politicians or others intruding on this serious situation.
In other business, county council members:
— approved first reading of ordinance #799, an ordinance to amend the agreement for the development of a multi-county industrial and business park by and between Darlington County and Marlboro County, South Carolina, providing for the development of a jointly owned and operated industrial/business park to include additional property in Darlington County as part of the joint county industrial park, and other matters relating thereto.
— approved the Pee Dee Regional Council of Government’s plans for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
— approved being able to rent space temporarily at the Delta Plant for up to six months.
Munnerlyn recognized the following employees with five or more years of service to the county through August: Susan Rivers, 20 years; Patricia English, 12 years; Sharon Wilson, 20 years; Glendora Johnson, eight years; Janilla Williams, 14 years; Robin O’Tuel, eight years; Sara Albarri, six years; Jeremy Steen, 11 years; Benetrice Ferguson, 22 years; Greg Leviner, seven years; and Steve Akers, 22 years.