County Council handles diverse issues

By Stephan Drew, Editor

The Darlington County Council convened on Monday, February 5, 2024, to address a range of issues pertinent to the community. Among the key discussions were several ordinances, including one aimed at improving the treatment of animals within the county. The meeting drew significant attention from both council members and concerned residents alike.

One of the focal points of the meeting was the forthcoming ordinance concerning the treatment of animals. Tim Weaver, a prominent figure in the community, highlighted the alarming statistics of over 200 animals being picked up by the local animal shelter. Weaver emphasized the need for stricter regulations, pointing out that Darlington County currently possesses the least stringent animal regulations in its region of South Carolina.

Waymon Dublin echoed Weaver’s sentiments, advocating for Councilmember Angie Godbold’s proposed ordinance while suggesting even harsher penalties for offenders. Dublin emphasized that a mere $100 fine would not suffice as a deterrent to prevent animal mistreatment.

The support for the ordinance extended beyond Dublin, with other residents like Connie Ford voicing their backing. Teresa Lyde, a dedicated volunteer with the Darlington County Humane Society, proposed innovative solutions to address the issue, such as implementing pet registration fees to generate revenue and alleviate the strain on animal shelter employees.

Jocelyn Blair and Lucinda Hubbs, both volunteers at the Darlington County Humane Society, also lent their support to the proposed ordinance, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the humane treatment of animals within the community.

In addition to the discussion on animal welfare, the council addressed several other matters of significance. Ordinance 23-23, which involved the conveyance of a parcel of Darlington County property to rectify an erroneous deed, received approval after its Third Reading.

Ordinance 24-01, facilitating a Fee-In-Lieu of Ad Valorem Taxes Agreement between Darlington County and Project Hearth for the benefit of a county project, was also approved during its Third Reading.

Furthermore, the council greenlit Ordinance 24-02, which authorized the enlargement of the Joint County Industrial Park situated between Darlington and Florence, upon its Third Reading.

However, some matters were deferred for further deliberation. Ordinance 24-03, which pertained to a Fee-In-Lieu of Ad Valorem Taxes Agreement between Darlington County and a company identified as Project Tree, was carried over for its Third Reading, as was Ordinance 24-04, which authorized the enlargement of the Joint County Industrial Park.

Finally, Resolution 773 extending the investment period of a Fee Agreement between Darlington County and Nucor Corporation garnered approval, albeit with Councilmember Angie Godbold recusing herself from the vote due to potential conflicts of interest.

The Darlington County Council showcased a community actively engaged in addressing various issues, from animal welfare to economic development. Through robust discussions and collaborative efforts, the council endeavors to foster positive change and enhance the well-being of its residents. 

The next meeting of the Darlington County Council will be held on March 4th.

Author: Stephan Drew

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