NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council had third and final reading Wednesday night on the financing of the speculation building.
Councilmen Kirksey Koon and Bill Waldrop voted against the motion while councilmen Buddy Livingston, John Caldwell, Steve Stockman and Scott Cain voted in favor.
The spec building will be located in the Mid-Carolina Industrial Park and officials hope it spurs economic development.
Newberry County Administrator Wayne Adams said the financing will indirectly finance the spec building while directly financing the public works facility so they do not borrow against the debt limit.
The financing helps to accommodate the bank, said Adams.
Council also passed two separate ordinances concerning use of the county owned fairgrounds for the Newberry Jaycees and the Newberry Pistol Club.
Cain read five amendments about lease agreements which all councilmen favored. Caldwell abstained from voting on an ordinsnce about the use of alcohol since he owns an ABC store.
The Newberry Pistol Club’s Dr. Joel Sexton thanked council for accommodating the club and told council what the club does to inform interested citizens about proper gun care and use as well as teach youth and women proper gun handling.
The Jaycees were also at the meeting and acknowledged their thankfulness to council.
In other business:
• Council approved the consideration of Goodwill boxes at area convenience stores around the county.
“We were approached by Goodwill and asked to put 12 boxes at convenience centers free of charge to county to reduce the tonnage at the landfill,” said Mike Pisano, director of Public Works. “We think it’s a good thing to move forward with.”
No lease agreement exists but there is a letter of agreement. There will be no liability to the county.
• Council revealed that Georgia-Pacific is the industry behind Project Optimus after first reading was read and passed by council. Livingston said the $64 million investment will create 39 jobs.
• March was declared American Red Cross month. A proclamation was read and the organization was praised for its efforts everywhere.
• Upcoming county council meetings are set for 7 p.m. April 3 and April 17 in the county annex building.