The following are highlights from Richland County Government in June:
· Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling debuted its new free mobile phone app and online tool that can send residents reminders about taking their roll carts to the curb for trash and recycle collection. Both the app and online tool also include the “Waste Wizard,” a feature that identifies whether a specific item belongs in the trash or recycle cart.
· The SC Department of Revenue (DOR) was ordered to release Richland County’s penny sales tax revenues to its Finance Department after the case was argued in state court for one day.
· Richland County held the first in a series of Community Flood Recovery Meetings that aim to garner residents’ input about which flood recovery projects they would like to see prioritized with the $23.5 million federal grant money the County will receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
· Richland County Conservation Department employee Chanda Cooper was named the 2016 South Carolina Project Learning Tree Jerry L. Shrum Outstanding Educator of the Year award by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
· Richland County Councilman Jim Manning, who represents District 8, was unanimously voted chair of the Office of Small Business Opportunity Ad Hoc Committee.
· Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling announced its sale of compost bins for residents to purchase for back yard composting. Included in the $54.90 price is a small countertop receptacle and a box of compostable bags.
· Councilman Norman Jackson invited the community to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pinewood Lake Park in Hopkins with a special commemorative celebration.
· Richland County employees participated in CPR and first aid certification and other safety training courses as the Risk Management Department celebrated Employee Safety Week.
· Richland County’s Small, Local Business Enterprises began offering free courses to provide small, local businesses with information to help further build their knowledge base and capacity.
· Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson hosted a two-day event Moving Forward Together: A National Summit of Schools, Communities & Law Enforcement. It focused on strengthening positive relationships between law enforcement, young people and residents.
· A grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission provided funding for the research and publication of a new booklet, “Mother of SC Pride: Harriet Hancock and the struggle for gay equality in South Carolina.”
· Richland County Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon held her annual Community Festival that welcomed residents to enjoy friendship, food, family time and live music.