York County's past — and its future — may have been the real winners Monday in a unanimous decision by the county council to complete $9.1 million worth of renovations to the historic county courthouse.
The decision came as council was at a crossroads of a seemingly never-ending process and cost overruns that would make the any penny-pinching politician blush.
"It's the most economically sound proposal," said York County council chairman Britt Blackwell. "It follows the law...and it became an easy thing...when you consider it makes a lot of people happy."
One of those happy people were Michael Bedenbaugh, president of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation. Bedenbaugh has previously addressed council, urging them to not be shy of old buildings.
"It's a wonderful moment for the county of York when public action and debate came forward," Bedenbaugh said. "We...were able to come in and talk about how keeping [facilities] like these matters."
The county has already spent $1.5 million on Asbestos abatement and had planned to spend about $4 million more.
Blackwell said the county is willing to put another $3.5 to $4 million towards the project, putting money towards the renovations that were planned for a now-scrapped recycling center project.