richland County Council honors female veteran
At the Richland County Council meeting on June 15, Julianne “Judy” Scott was honored with a resolution recognizing her and other female veterans. Council member Joyce Dickerson read the presentation and said she decided to do something to honor the women veterans after attending a funeral and seeing a flag draped coffin at a woman soldier’s funeral.
Julianne Scott became a nurse in 1972 in Philadelphia and joined the Army Reserve Nurse Corps in 1980. She relocated to South Carolina and transferred to the Army National Guard where she attained the rank of captain prior to medical retirement.
Scott served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm where she earned a Bronze Star. She served the Veterans of Foreign Wars as commander and vice commander. She served as the first nationally appointed certified national recruiter for South Carolina.
Scott has been a volunteer member of the American Red Cross, serving in New York during the Trade Center disaster and helping in the aftermath of hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. She also went to Haiti in 2008 on a medical mission.
She is currently employed as the school nurse at Columbia High School with no retirement plans in the near future. She does plan on celebrating her 70th birthday in August by skydiving.
During Citizens Input, Blanche Gibson from the South Carolina Gospelfest told the council she is owed money from an event she held last year that Richland County promised to fund. She said she didn't get all the money she was promised and that the funds went to another group. The council promised to look into the matter.
The budget for the next fiscal year was passed after some last minute wrangling over issues like storm water, an international festival on Decker Boulevard, and pay increases for Board of Registrars employees.
The council also approved an increase in the budget amount for the Richland County Library. A recent veto by the governor has left libraries and other state agencies feeling the pinch worse than usual. The increase will cost homeowners about eighty cents for each $100,000 their home is worth. Business owners will pay an additional $1.20 per $100,000.
The long awaited transit proposal finally passed third reading. This means voters will get the opportunity to vote on whether to increase the sales tax by 1% to fund future bus service and other related things. Much information will be available between now and November on the subject.
Chair Paul Livingston, vice chair Damon Jeter, Joyce Dickerson, Val Hutchinson, Norman Jackson, Gwen Kennedy, Bill Malinowski, Jim Manning, Greg Pearce and Kit Smith were present.
More detailed information as well as complete agendas and meeting minutes from past meetings can be found at the Richland County website: richlandonline.com