January 7, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission
222 McDaniel Ave B-9
Pickens, SC  29671
January 7, 2014

Members Present:
Ms. Gretchen Campbell, Chairperson
Ms. Geneva Robinson, Vice-Chairperson
Ms. Sheree Chapman, Secretary
Mr. Noel Anderson
Ms. June Bowers
Mr. Herb Thompson
Ms. Jane Goolsby Weeks

Staff Present:
Mr. Rodney Allen, Executive Director
Ms. April Bagwell, Office Coordinator

THIS MEETING OF THE PICKENS COUNTY REGISTRATION AND ELECTIONS COMMISSION WAS HELD PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND ALL REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS WERE MADE.

 Chairperson Campbell called the meeting of the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission to order at 4:35pm and welcomed everyone.

Mr. Thompson gave the invocation.

Chairperson Campbell asked that a motion to be made to approve meeting minutes from the November 14, 2013 meeting. Ms. Chapman moved to accept minutes as presented. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion passed unanimously.

There was no public present.

There was a presentation on IRS regulations requiring the payment of commissioner stipends to be paid through payroll instead of accounts payable by Tami Hall, Pickens County Human Resources Director.  Commissioners were provided all payroll documents to be completed.

Chairperson Campbell turned the meeting over to Director Allen for his report. Director Allen thanked Madam Chairperson Campbell and everyone for coming. Director Allen informed the Commissioners that the Easley City Council Ward 4 Special Election that was originally scheduled for March 4, 2014 will be combined with the School Board District 4 Special Election which is scheduled for April 1, 2014 in accordance to 7-13-190 (D). This law states: “Provided, however, if a vacancy occurs in more than one office in the same county requiring separate special elections to be held within a period of twenty-eight days under the provisions of this section, the election commission or other authority responsible for the conduct of the elections shall conduct all of the elections on the same date. The special elections must be held on the latest date required for an election during the twenty-eight-day period.” Director Allen stated that the election certification for these elections are scheduled for April 3, 2014 at 9am, and the last day to register to vote will be March 1, 2014.

Director Allen mentioned that the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission Staff will be attending the Clemson League of Women Voters next meeting scheduled for January 21, 2014 from 7-9pm. Director Allen gave a reminder to the Commissioners to file their Statement of Economic Interests forms by Noon, March 30, 2014. That concludes Director Allen’s report, and the meeting was turned back over to Madam Chairperson Campbell.

Chairperson Campbell, Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission, and Staff recognized Mr. Noel C. Anderson for all his years of service and dedication to the Commission. Mr. Anderson has served on the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission for thirty three years and is retiring as of January 31, 2014.  The Commission presented Mr. Anderson with a plaque from the Senate of South Carolina for his years of service to the Commission, Pickens County, and State of South Carolina.

Chairperson Campbell asked if there was any old or new business. There was no old business.

New Business was as follows:

1.)    Director Allen asked the Commissioners to consider the relocation of the Arial Mill Precinct from Arial Mill Baptist Church (618 Rice Rd. Easley, SC 29640) temporarily to the McKissick Precinct located at Calvary Hill Baptist Church (510 Rampey St. Easley, SC  29640) for the upcoming Easley City Council Ward 4 Special Election. This would only affect one voter. Ms. Campbell asked that a motion to be made to consolidate the above two mentioned precincts. Ms. Chapman made motion to consolidate the Arial Mill Precinct with the McKissick Precinct for just the upcoming election scheduled for April 1, 2014. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion passed unanimously.

Chairperson Campbell asked that a motion to be made to enter into Executive Session. Ms. Chapman made motion to go into Executive Session. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion passed unanimously.

With no decisions made, Chairperson Campbell asked that a motion be made to exit Executive Session. Ms. Chapman made a motion to exit Executive Session. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion passed unanimously.

Commission will meet again February 4, 2014 at 4:30pm.

Motion to adjourn meeting was made by Ms. Bowers and seconded by Mr. Thompson.  With no discussion and with all in favor passed unanimously.  Meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.

 

 

 

 


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