Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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DISTRACTED DRIVING ORDINANCE PASSED!

Council at their April 15, 2014 regular meeting passed Ordinance 2014-07  "AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE OFFENSE, EXCEPTIONS, DEFINITIONS, AND PENALTIES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING IN OCONEE COUNTY; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO". 

This ordinance takes effect immediately.

CLICK HERE to view the Ordinance.

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County Council along with Sheriff Mike Crenshaw all

 participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony on

April 11, 2014 for the New Jail adjacent to the

Law Enforcement Center.

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public  for Additional Projects Recommended for Federal Aid Bridge Program.  In this regard, we are providing this information to you for your review and  consideration.

 

A press release announcing that public comment is being sought, a list of the Federal Aid Bridges and location maps  are available for public review and comment until May 6, 2014  on the world web at:

http://www.scdot.org/inside/public_comment.aspx

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Oconee County Ranked 27th Top Performing Micropolitan

 (SENECA, S.C.) – March 25, 2014 –Oconee County, South Carolina has been named one of the top micropolitan areas in the United States.

According to Site Selection Magazine’s 2014 list of top micropolitans, the Seneca micropolitan is ranked 27th out of the 576 micropolitan areas in the nation as identified by the US Census Bureau. Micropolitan areas are considered non-urban communities anchored by a town of no more than 50,000 people. The prestigious magazine based their results on the number of economic development projects in the area during the 2013 year.

“Our community had one of the most active economic development years in 2013 with six total project announcements and of those, four qualified for this ranking,” said Richard K. Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance. “This is further evidence that this is a great place to live, work, play and invest.”

This isn’t the first time Oconee County has been recognized as a top micropolitan.  In 2012, the Seneca micropolitan was ranked 45th.

Site Selection is an award-winning economic development magazine that delivers expansion planning information to thousands of corporate executives, facility planners and site selectors of rapidly growing firms across the nation.

“This speaks volumes for Oconee County and something to celebrate,” stated Glenn Buddin, Chairman of the Oconee Economic Alliance and CEO/CFO of Blue Ridge Bank. “Our economy is becoming more diverse yet we must continue to do everything possible to keep our momentum towards creating more jobs and opportunities for the citizens of Oconee County.”

To read more and view the complete list visit http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2014/mar/top-micros.cfm?s=mp

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Contact your County Delegation members today about the Local Government Fund!

Various House members state that there has been no “outcry” regarding the underfunding of the LGF from the counties. Let your voice be heard and contact your Delegation members!

Ban on Credit Card Processing Fees - Budget Proviso 110.pfp.

The Ways and Means Committee adopted an amended Proviso 110.pfp, which now reads: “A political subdivision shall be prohibited from charging a taxpayer a processing fee for the payment of taxes by credit card. If a political subdivision accepted credit card payments in the previous fiscal year, they must continue to accept credit cards in the current fiscal year. If a political subdivision violates this prohibition, it shall have its Aid to Subdivisions allocation reduced by an amount equal to the total of all processing fees charged to the taxpayers for that fiscal year.”  This prohibition will have a considerable fiscal impact and will reduce revenue available to provide services to Oconee County citizens. 

Oconee County Delegation

Senator Thomas C. Alexander

Columbia:  803-212-6220

Oconee County Business:  864-638-2988

Representative Bill Sandifer

Columbia:  803-734-3015

Oconee County Business:  864-885-2240

Representative Bill Whitmire

Columbia:  803-734-3068

Oconee County Business:  864-638-2970

Local Delegation Office

864-638-4237

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       Council Meetings are held on the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. [excluding July and August which will meet only on the third Tuesday of the month] in the County Council Chambers located at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, S.C. [unless otherwise advertised].

           At each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be two Public Comment Sessions [beginning at 6:00 p.m. for agenda action items and again at the end of the meeting for non agenda items] which is limited to a maximum of forty (40) minutes with four (4) minutes allocated per person.  If you wish to speak during the Public Comment Session you may do so by placing your name on the sign up sheet in Council Chambers prior to the meeting.    

          In addition, at each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be held an Extended Public Comment Session which is limited to two citizens, five (5) minutes allocated per person.  Comments do not have to be related to a specific agenda item.  The time may not be used to promote or criticize a political candidate or figure.  Interested individuals should contact the Council Clerk [718-1023 or bhulse@oconeesc.com] to sign up for these time slots which will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Please be advised that only one meeting will be scheduled at a time.  Council may make closing comments directly following the public and extended public comment session if time permits.

          Everyone speaking before Council should do so in a civil manner. Council will not tolerate personal attacks on individual council members, county staff or any person or group. Racial slurs will not be permitted. All citizens addressing Council and all Boards and Commission appointed by Council should do so at the appropriate time as noted on their agendas and in an appropriate manner.

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 South Carolina Association of Counties

Friday Report

Click Here to view the current and past Friday Reports prepared weekly by the Association regarding pending issues before the state legislature.

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National Geographic

50 of the World's Last Great Places

Destination of a Lifetime

This special publication by the National Geographic features as their #9 choice "Jocassee Gorges - An Intense Concentration of Waterfalls".  The article centers on North & South Carolina and also features two pages showing the beautiful and rare Oconee Bell.  

CLICK HERE to read the article and see the beautiful photographs!

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Interested Candidates Wishing To Serve on an
Oconee County Board and/or Commission

Oconee County Council at their May 15, 2012 meeting unanimously approved that all interested candidates seeking appointment and/or reappointment to an Oconee County Boards and/or Commission be required to complete the
Questionnaire for Board/Commission 
prior to being considered for any appointment.

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