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Records will become closed

Monday, September 26, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing editor

Statistical records for births and other personal details will be closed for viewing by the general public at the end of 2007, according to Dawn Jones-Coombs, Cherokee County recorder.

Her comments were made during the monthly officers reports given at the Cherokee County Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

In accordance with rules regarding privacy, the general public will not be allowed to view documents regarding individuals without giving specific identifying details.

Jones-Coombs said genealogists will need to get research done in the next couple of years.

There's also a proposal to require renewal of birth certificates every 10 years.

Robert Hart, Cherokee County Assessor, reported that a project to put detailed information about every property in the county into an accessible data base is going slowly. He said that it would be fairly simple to get just the assessment and a map for each property listed but many people, including real estate agents, want more detailed information and photos with each property.

Hart said hiring the project done would be massively expensive, so his office will continue doing it as time allows.

Aimee Barritt, county emergency services director, reported that she will put in a grant application for an additional $30,000 for added equipment for disaster response. She said there is a reasonable chance of having the grant approved.

Ron Wetherell, supervisor chairman, thanked the department heads for keeping spending down during a time of reduced revenue for the county.

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