By Al Dozier

At its August 4 meeting the West Columbia City Council approved allocations totaling almost $80,000 in Accommodations Tax funds to several organizations and programs in the Cayce-West Columbia area.

The Accommodations Tax Committee made the recommendations after reviewing requests from various organizations throughout the community.

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Visitors Center received two allocations, one for $5,000 and another for $32,500. West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden each received $15,000; River Alliance/Tartan Day received $6,115; EdVenture received $5,000.

In other action the council authorized the city administrator to enter an agreement with Hussey Gay Bell in the amount of $118,500 for professional engineering services for the Shull Street Water Main Improvement project.

The council received a presentation from Will Schenck, Engenuity S.C. Project manager, on the Midlands Regional Competitiveness report and how it affects West Columbia.

The council also heard a presentation from Rev. Kenneth Taylor on the Senior Rides of Lexington program, Feonix-Mobility Rising, which is expanding its services through a partnership with the AARP Ride at 50 Plus program.

The council adopted a resolution recognizing Ben Welch, Bryce Addy, Hunter Purvis, Jackson Long, Jacob Hewitt and Jacob Blalock for receiving the Eagle Scout award from Boy Scout Patrol Troop 331 of Mt. Hebron Methodist Church.