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History center closer to finding a home

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After much back and forth between council and committee, the Upper Dorchester County Historical Society may be closer to finding a home as of the Dorchester County Council meeting Monday night.

The council has had the society’s request – to house the Dorchester County Archives and History Center in a county space – on its agenda since their Sept. 16 meeting. Both the Planning, Development and Budget Committee and the Budget, Finance and Purchasing Committees have discussed the request.

“We feel there’s a great need to collect all of the history for the county and put it under one roof. Previously bits and pieces have been scattered,” said Phyllis Hughes, a member of the society, to the council in September.

At the time, the society presented the council with a business plan for the history center.

In the Budget, Finance and Purchasing Committee meeting Monday, committee members expressed concern regarding the placement of the center in 7,500 sq. ft. of the county Offices Annex building.

“We are already moving the Sheriff’s office and the Solicitor’s office in that space… this is nothing to do with the group, but we’re a growing county, we might need more office space,” said Councilman Larry Hargett.

Councilman Willie Davis expressed concern as well.

“I support this, but my biggest thing is that we give the group something and six months later say y’all have to go. I want to make sure whatever we give them is there, and if that means waiting that’s fine,” he said.

As a compromise, Councilman George Bailey moved they meet with the society in the space and go through it room by room discussing space allocation, possible upgrades and associated costs, and bring the findings before council in two weeks.

Six councilmembers voted in favor of the motion. Councilman Jay Byars was absent.

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