License plan abandoned
County officials have put a halt to a plan that would have allowed local businesses to voluntarily acquire business licenses. County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said that a state stipulation requiring a business license program to be instituted solely for the purpose of generating revenue did not fit with the county's expectations of the program.
Instead, he said county officials were simply trying to accommodate some local businesses that had requested such a program. It was thought that the businesses could have benefited from discounts and other extra services because they had proper business licenses.
Officials made it clear from the start of the plan that generating revenue was not the sole reason for its implementation. Mr. Newton did not say whether a similar program would be addressed in the future.
County Commissioners agreed to pay Athens-based engineering firm Chasman & Associates around $40,000 to perform a capital improvements plan, they decided at a meeting last week. As first reported by The McDuffie Mirror, the plan will take close to six months to complete and when finished, it will be an indicator as what improvements and capital needs are required for McDuffie County to operate in the next five to 10 years.
Commissioners are still hammering out details regarding a separate study that would help determine the specifics of a possible joint city and county municipal complex. Chasman & Associates had proposed to do a space study for the complex for around $10,000, but commissioners agreed that they wanted to shop around the study to other consultants before they made any decision. Ý
Water supply OK
The Thomson-McDuffie Water system was found to have a higher than allowed amount of total trihalomethanes between October and late December 2003. According to a written statement, the maximum contaminant level is 0.080 mg/l, based on an average spread out over four quarters.
The Thomson-McDuffie Water System had a contaminant level of 0.081 mg/l. TTHMs are by-products of a reaction between chlorine and organic matter present in water, such as leaves. The statement does warn that those who drink water with excess TTHMs could experience liver, kidney, and central nervous system problems in addition to an increased risk of cancer if they drink it for many years.
"Residents should not be alarmed and do not need to seek alternative water supplies," the statement read.