2011-04-22 / Government / Neighborhood

Richland County Council honors Keenan Basketball Team and special committee members

By Mike Cox

At the Richland County Council meeting this week, the Keenan High School boys’ basketball team was honored for winning the second of two consecutive state championships. Gwen Kennedy read the proclamation and presented each player and coach with a copy of the proclamation and a hug.

Seth Rose read a proclamation honoring Thomasina Briggs for her service on the Appearance Commission. She has been an active member of the commission since 2001 and also served as a school teacher in Richland County and won several awards for her efforts to bring social change to the Columbia area.

Virginia Sanders, a member of the Conservation Commission, spoke as a private citizen and asked the council to purchase the property in the Lower Richland area known as the Caughman Creek Park property. Norman Jackson is asking the county to partner with the Conservation Commission and the Recreation Commission to beautify the natural area and turn it into a park.

Vivian McCray was re–appointed to serve on the Employee Grievance Committee, and K. Eve McCoy was added to the Internal Audit Committee. Judy Battiste was elected to the Township Auditorium Committee. Allison Whittle and Ryan Tanner Miller were appointed Code Enforcement Officers for Richland County.

During County Administrator Milton Pope’s report to the council, he gave the council an update on the Decker Mall project. The administrative staff is doing its “due diligence” to assure all issues are settled before Richland County agrees to purchase the property.

Pope also informed the council of his gathering of information for the newly formed ad hoc committee to address the issue involving providing transportation to released inhabitants from the Glenn Detention Center. Chairman Livingston, Seth Rose, and Joyce Dickerson will comprise the committee.

Pope told the council he had met with the head of the Recreation Commission and was informed there is no earmarked funding to maintain a park at Caughman Creek should the county buy that property. Norman Jackson told the council they should buy the property, and he would list that property as one of the four parks he has been promised for his district.

Anthony Langford was recognized by Pope and Richland County for winning a state honor for his excellent handling of the county’s water treatment facilities. Langford thanked the county for the recognition but credited his co–workers for helping his achieve success.

Chair Paul Livingston, Vice Chair Damon Jeter, Joyce Dickerson, Val Hutchinson, Norman Jackson, Gwen Kennedy, Bill Malinowski, Jim Manning, Greg Pearce, Seth Rose, and Kelvin Washington were present.

More detailed information as well as complete agendas and minutes from past meetings can be found at the Richland County website: richlandonline.com

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