Dorchester County Council voted unanimously to contribute $10,000 to Leadership Dorchester's latest community project effort.

Leadership Dorchester's Class of 2014 recently unveiled its plan to add a number of amenities to the Sawbranch Mill Trail, a hiker/biker path that runs along Sawbranch Creek in Summerville from East Richardson Road to the Oakbrook YMCA. Leadership Dorchester plans to add at least four oases - landscaped resting areas with benches, water fountains for people and their pets, recycling and trash containers, and fitness trail equipment - at points along the trail, Leadership Dorchester member Beau Ganas told council.

The group unveiled the plan last month during July's Third Thursday event in Summerville. The class is in the process of securing funding and finalizing other details such as sites for the amenities.

Councilman Jay Byars thanked his fellow councilmembers Monday for taking the time to consider the request.

"I know the Sawbranch does not come under the purview of the Parks and Recreation Commission, however, this is a wonderful project that will positively impact many people across our community," he said.

At the request of Councilman Larry Hargett, Council also discussed the county's efforts with regard to assigning geographic coordinates to area golf course fairways, greens, and tee boxes for EMS use when responding to 911 calls.

The concern, Hargett said, is that people who call in a medical emergency on a golf course, for example, may not be at the physical address on record, such as the clubhouse, but some distance away out on the course.

Dorchester County EMS, however, is in fact working with these and other such entities to better map locations and accesses, according to Councilman George Bailey, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and Doug Warren, EMS Director.