Clarendon County to buy 4 police cars

Council accepts 2 USDA grants


Clarendon County Council accepted two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program at Monday night's council meeting to purchase four police cars.

The two Community Infrastructure Grants are for $50,000 and $49,000, with matching fund requirements of $42,000 and $41,000 respectively, according to Nickie Toomes from USDA.

"These grants will allow us to buy four vehicles at the price of two," County Administrator David Epperson said. "We will look in the budget for the extra money we need either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year."

Council Chairman Dwight Stewart said the county is appreciative of the grant money.

"Especially in rural areas, these grants are always important to us," Stewart said.


A group of residents in the Summerton area are hoping to promote the community for its important contribution to the Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark case that led the U.S. Supreme Court to declare racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional by a unanimous 9-0 vote in 1954.

The Rev. Robert China, pastor of Liberty Hill Church in Summerton, told council the Summerton Community Action Group was established to "recognize and honor the significant historical sacrifices and contributions made by the petitioners and plaintiffs in Summerton and Clarendon County."

Briggs v. Elliott, filed in Clarendon County in 1950, is one of five cases that were combined into the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit.

"We all know that the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, but Briggs v. Elliott was the first of five cases that made up that case," China said.

He said the group hopes to erect historic monuments and markers to commemorate the contributions made by individuals in Clarendon County.

"We believe contributions made in this county have not yet received the historical recognition that it should," he said.


Council accepted a deed to a road from a private party that developed the road and maintained it for one year.

Planning Commission Chair Maria Rose said the road had been approved by the planning commission and that it meets all the standards to become a publicly maintained road.

The council also passed the third and final reading of ordinances to merge the Clarendon County Delinquent Tax Collector's Department with the County Treasurer's Office and to merge animal control with the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office.

Also passed was the third reading of an ordinance to allow council to appoint and commission county code enforcement officers with the powers of a constable, rather than making custodial arrests.