The Columbia County Community and Emergency Services Committee dealt with used cars, better biking and bringing boats back to the county at its meeting Tuesday morning.
Among the agenda items agreed upon were a proposal to rent storage space beneath the restroom facilities at Savannah Rapids Park to the Bicycle Peddler, the business running the bicycle rental concession at the park. Under the agreement, Gene Whitaker, the concession’s owner, would pay Columbia County $300 per month and provide his own insurance.
The committee also agreed to both a large bass fishing tournament and power boat races next year.
The American Bass Anglers 2013 American Fishing Tour National Championship, scheduled for October 2013 will issue invitations to 500 anglers and the Columbia County’s fee will be on a sliding scale between $6000 and $20,000. Columbia County Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith said he instituted the sliding scale for this event to ensure that the associated hotel tax revenue would cover the fee. He said he expect the fee to be approximately $10,000.
The committee also agreed to pay a $1000 fee to bring the Carolina Virginia Racing Association Power Boat races back to Columbia Couty.
“This was a very popular event last year and very well attended,” Smith said. “The fee is minimal and they have asked to come back.”
Smith also asked for an amended contract with Toole Engineering for the design of the first phase of Euchee Creek Greenway. Smith said the construction of a new bridge outside Grovetown on Wrightsboro Road has presented an opportunity to build a trailhead and 20-slot parking lot. The committee approved an additional $5000 fee for preliminary plans and final construction documents.
“This will keep Grovetown from dealing with people parking in the city,” Smith said. “People need a place to unload those bikes.”
Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker presented the committee with an opportunity divest itself of some rolling stock.
She proposed donating donated some untitled cars, which had previously been used for extrication training for county emergency services personnel, to area high schools. She said that the vocational programs would make good use of vehicles that no longer served a purpose to the county.