The following are highlights from Richland County Government in February:
As part of ongoing projects to revitalize Richland County’s Decker Boulevard, a shuttered former bank building at the intersection of Trenholm Road and Decker Boulevard was demolished. The vacant building has been a source of community concern for years and its removal falls in line with the County’s Master Plan for the Decker Boulevard area, which is known as Richland County’s International Corridor since it is home to a variety of culturally diverse businesses. County and state officials as well as community representatives and neighbors attended a ceremony that welcomed the building’s removal.
· Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling finished delivering 48,000 new lime-green roll carts to residents in the northern part of Richland County as part of a countywide initiative to increase recycling availability. With this final mass delivery of carts, every household served by the County’s solid waste department has received a new cart – 16,000 were delivered to residents in 2013 and 17,000 in 2014. Information about collection schedules and the many items that can be recycled curbside can be found online at www.rcgov.us.
· The Richland County Neighborhood Improvement Program hosted a community forum about a new “Cleanup the Corridor” campaign designed to raise community activism and reduce litter along the Broad River Road Corridor, focusing on the areas from Greystone Boulevard to St. Andrews Road. The Richland County Neighborhood Improvement Program has successfully initiated similar cleanup campaigns in other parts of the County, including sign sweeps to remove illegal signage.
· Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner Kenny Mullis was named the SC Commissioner of the Year by the SC Association of Conservation Districts, and former Richland County teacher Brooke Scott was selected as the kindergarten-sixth grade Conservation Teacher of the Year. Scott is the third Richland County nominee to receive the state award in the past three years.