County officials buying more firefighting and EMS equipment
Georgetown County Council approved the purchase of $175,985 worth of new firefighting and EMS equipment at its Tuesday meeting.
The county will spend $90,365 to buy Morning Pride Fire Fighter Bunker Gear from Newton’s Fire and Safety Equipment Co. in Swepsonville, N.C.
Midway Fire Rescue will get 28 sets of pants and coats and 27 sets will go to firefighters in other county units.
“It’s very good quality gear,” Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman told council. “It’s quality protection at a reasonable price,” and better than the gear they used to buy.
The county will also spend $85,620 to buy 12 ambulance stretchers from Stryker Medical Products in Portage, Mich. Eight will go to Georgetown County EMS and four will go to Midway.
Money for all equipment comes from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan.
In other business
• Council approved an upgrade to inmate telephone services at the county’s Detention Center.
Several of the telephone stations at the center are broken and too old to repair, causing delays when inmates receive visitors.
Securus Technologies Inc., which already works with the county, will upgrade the phones as part of its existing contract.
• Surdex Corp. of Chesterfield, Mo., was hired to provide aerial photographs for county mapping projects. The cost will be $67,925.
Surdex was one of seven companies to bid for the work.
• Final approval was given to: an ordinance to amend the Charlestowne Grant section of Litchfield By The Sea Planned Development to allow a side yard setback variance at 183 Sea Oates Circle so an elevator can be added to the house; and an ordinance to rezone a 9,100-square-foot parcel at Bragdon Avenue and North Fraser Street in Georgetown from “10,000 Square Feet residential” to “Neighborhood Commercial.”
• The Georgetown Alono Club will continue to lease 605 1/2 Church Street in Georgetown under an agreement approved by council.
The building has hosted Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for 36 years, and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for 12 years.
• Council accepted a $1.84 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve taxiways at the Georgetown County Airport.
The grant requires the county and the state Aeronautics Commission to each contribute $102,606 for the project.
• Donald Burriss won the county’s first photography contest. The theme was the county’s rivers.
Burriss submitted a picture of an alligator at Thoroughfare Creek near Litchfield.
The county is planning on having photo contests with different themes about four times a year.
• Marvin Neal was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Neal resigned his seat on the county Planning Commission to serve on the Parks and Rec board. Zacharius Grate will take Neal’s seat on the Planning Commission.
Helen Benso of Murrells Inlet was appointed to the Economic Development Alliance Board.
Council chairman Johnny Morant, and council members Ron Charlton, Lillie Jean Johnson, Austin Beard, Bob Anderson, Jerry Oakley and Leona Myers-Miller were in attendance at the meeting.
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