County Commissioners Approved Salary Increase, Heard Budget Requests

The routine Greenwood County Commission meeting began on Monday with a Road and Bridge update. During the report, Commissioner Chuck Spradlin motioned to raise road and bridge supervisor Darrell Chrisman’s annual salary by $3,000. Spradlin mentioned throwing Chrisman into a “hornet’s nest” when he took the position last year. “When we put you in there, it was basically, ‘let’s see if we can get this thing together.’” He added, “We feel that we like what we’re seeing. We’re getting results.” Spradlin’s motion was passed unanimously. “I think he’s made a big difference,” said commissioner Paul Hodge. Chrisman’s salary will increase from $42,000 to $45,000, effective this week.

Also in the report, Chrisman presented bids for the county’s annual bridge inspection. They received bids from Michael Maris and Kirkham Michael. They approved the low bid, which came from Maris at $15,311.

In other business, Spradlin asked about floodplains in Greenwood County, as a constituent asked him about building by a creek. Emergency Management Director Levi Vinson said that he usually refers those questions to NRCS, as there is not an official floodplain map for the county. Vinson said that FEMA has mentioned mapping Greenwood County “sometime soon,” but hasn’t given a timeline. Commissioners asked him to follow up with FEMA.


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