Kershaw County's $23 million draft budget for 2011-12 is balanced, but it's not sustainable.
One of four candidates for the position of Kershaw County administrator has dropped out. Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise confirmed that Josh Kay, most recently manager for the city of Clinton, had withdrawn his name from consideration. According to media reports from the Upstate, Kay has accepted a similar position with the city of Washington, N.C.
Kershaw County is hiring again, this time with a new employee pay plan in place.
They stay in local hotels for several nights in a row. They eat in local restaurants, spend money at area stores and establishments and fill their tanks in Camden-area gas stations. They provide a needed boost to the local economy during their travels to Kershaw County.
The Kershaw County Planning Commission presented a list of top priority projects -- including a broken Kershaw County Courthouse elevator -- during Kershaw County Council's work session Thursday evening. The goal of the document, officials said, is to give council a comprehensive look at the needs the county faces.
Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones is accusing four fellow councilmen of using a "straw poll" to circumvent a hiring freeze they voted for during an April 12 meeting. Jones, who represents District 4, said the councilmen's actions allowed several county department heads to hire employees after the freeze went into effect.
Kershaw County Council approved the distribution of county geographic information system (GIS) information with both the city of Camden and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce during its meeting Tuesday night.
Kershaw County Treasurer Steve Vincent is one of four finalists for the county administrator post.
Kershaw County Council played mediator during its work session Thursday for Camden Military Academy (CMA) and the Kershaw County Airport Commission. The two entities have been in a two-month-long spat over the positioning of two fuel tanks at the airport.
Workers at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden work with what they've got, and they've made do for more than a decade.
There have been 48 applications for the Kershaw County administrator's post, interim County Administrator Frank Broom informed council during Thursday's work session.
Kershaw County Council is expected to discuss the ongoing search for a new administrator during Thursday night's work session, said Council Chairman Gene Wise.
All that's left now is a little more than three months; three months and Sheriff Jim Matthews will have his four-man traffic unit on patrol in Kershaw County.
A bill that would legalize certain types of gambling around the state, including betting at equine events such as the Carolina and Colonial cups, was introduced earlier this month in the S.C. House of Representatives.
Without providing specifics, interim Kershaw County Administrator Frank Broom said he would like to "structure" Kershaw County Council's public comment period. Broom said he wants to ensure that people who speak during that portion of council meetings have accurate and reasonable concerns and aren't using the time to accuse council members or staff of wrongdoings.
Kershaw County is in good financial condition, according to the annual audit of the county books by the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin. The firm's Mark Wood presented the audit summary at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday. Wood said the audit was completed earlier than usual this year at the county's request so it would be concluded before newly-elected Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilman Dennis Arledge take office in January.
Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.
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