UNION COUNTY — Union County Council members received updates from the supervisor and discussed county roads during Tuesday’s meeting.
County Supervisor Frank Hart told council members that Union County applied for and received a $304,346 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) for the Union Carnegie Library. The funds will go toward the library’s ADA project, with efforts specific to making the library accessible to people with disabilities. Construction activities will include accessible parking; an accessible entrance; accessible bathrooms; accessible doorways, where needed; a fire alarm system with audible and visual warnings; accessible stations for computers and an elevator to the lower level, where public group sessions, meetings and other services will be provided.
The total project cost is $1,968,035 which come from $304,346 in CDBG funds and $1,663,689 in local funds. There are 5,407 Union County residents (ages 18 and over) with disabilities, all of whom are considered low or moderate income.
Hart also reported to council members that work continues to move forward in the Lockhart boat ramp project on Broad River.
He also reported that a workforce summit was held at the SC Works office in Union to discuss optimizing center operations. Hart said various stakeholders in worker training attended and that the crowd was diverse.
“Workforce training is one of our big pushes, and we are honing in on optimizing our training center here in Union,” he said.
To support the workforce development initiative, mechatronics training will begin at the Union County Advanced Technology Center in fall 2016 through Spartanburg Community College.
Hart also mentioned that 25 county roads were resurfaced this year at a cost of around $425,000. Hart and council members discussed precautions that could be taken to protect the roads and reduce damage from tractor trailers and other large vehicles.
“Some roads are not designed for that kind of traffic,” Hart said.
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