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Bryan County hires new planning director
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The Bryan County Board of Commissioners voted to hire Eric Greenway as the county’s new planning and zoning director Tuesday.

Greenway was most recently the planning and zoning director for Berkeley County near Charleston, South Carolina, for about seven years. Before that, he started his career in planning and development services in York County, South Carolina, near Charlotte, North Carolina.

In about 13 years working in York County, he went from zoning assistant to zoning administrator to planning director.

“Bryan has excellent development now, excellent housing opportunities here,” Greenway said. “Being able to take the county piece and combine it or work with the municipalities here in the county to see what we can do together, I’m excited about it.”

Also Tuesday, County Engineer Kirk Croasman gave updates on the progress of various road projects.

He said the county has received money from the state for resurfacing Charles Shuman Road, Oak Hill Road, Warnell Drive and Williamson Road.

The Interstate 95 interchange project at Belfast Keller Road is on schedule to be put out to bid in September 2017. The bridge there is expected to be closed for about 24 months during the construction.

Meanwhile, the Highway 144 widening project has been pushed back to be bid on in March 2017.

Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Burnsed addressed rumors that the firearm range off Kilkenny Road will have a shotgun range and that a lot of money will be spent upgrading the facility.

Burnsed said he talked to a Department of Natural Resources representative who said that it will not be a shotgun range. The area instead will have a pistol and rifle range. Money spent at the range will be for keeping the firing area covered and for soundproofing.

“We have no idea when that would happen,” the chairman said.

Burnsed said there is a range master now at the facility.

Among action items Tuesday, the commissioners approved a resolution to add two seats to the Board of Assessors, giving the board five seats. Lisa Ward and Kenneth Tyler, both of Richmond Hill, were approved by the commissioners to fill the new seats.

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