EOC board retreat to begin at 6 p.m. at Litchfield resort

Board members of the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council will begin checking in at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort at 4 p.m. today, according to an agenda for their three-day retreat distributed by board chairman Zacharius Grate at Tuesday night's board meeting.

Grate announced during the meeting the agency will be paying $66 per room per night, an amount he said will be fully covered by federal expense reimbursements.

The agency held a former retreat at Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, and the rooms there were more than the threshhold for full payment by the federal government, said former board member Richard Smith. Grate told the board that the agency would pay what the federal government wouldn't reiumburse.

Grate did not know how many rooms the agency had booked for the three-day retreat at Litchfield, which ends Saturday morning.

If just one person is staying in each room at the retreat, the resort lists five possibilities on its website for cheaper accommodations than the $198 each EOC room will cost for three days.

The retreat agenda calls for a series of meetings to begin at 9 a.m. each day and to cover all of the agency's programs with the board discussing strategic planning for an hour at the end of Thursday's and Friday's schedule.

The first session of the retreat is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Its topic is board committee responsibilities and breakdown committee meetings.

The final meeting is to adjourn at 12:00 p.m. Saturday.

State law requires for the retreat to be open to the public.

Contact Steve Jones at 444-1765.