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KCC votes on Wildlife Road bridge project

Posted: September 2, 2010 1:50 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2010 5:00 a.m.

In a special called meeting Thursday, Kershaw County Council took action on two matters regarding the divisive Wildlife Road project.

Council unanimously passed a motion to provide $445,000 for a freestanding concrete bridge at the site in northwestern Kershaw County near Lake Wateree. Councilman C.R. Miles Jr. recused himself from votes on the matter since he could be a potential supplier for the project.

Councilman Jimmy Jones made a point to say he was only voting in favor of the measure because council had already bound itself to the project he called a “disgrace.”

“We tore down a perfectly good bridge … so now we’re going to spend half a million dollars to replace it because we have no choice,” Jones said. “Our hands are tied.”

Council also approved an agreement with LPA engineering firm for approximately $57,000 for professional services. That vote was 3-2 with Chairman Max Ford and councilmen Gary Elliot and Sammie Tucker in favor, and Jones and Councilman Bobby Gary opposing. Councilman Stephen Smoak left the meeting early, and Miles again excused himself from the vote.

Also, council unanimously approved a low bid of nearly $704,000 to 3G Construction and Development to build a new recreation center in Bethune. County Administrator Clay Young recommended council approve the bid.

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