Council passes third reading on four matters Tuesday evening

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Sumter County Council passed third and final reading on four matters during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

City-County Zoning Administrator and Planning Coordinator Donna McCullum briefed council members on a request to rezone 24.33 acres at Ellerbe Estates on S.C. 261 North from Agricultural Conservation to Residential-15.

Property to the north was rezoned in 2014, she said, to develop the Ellerbe Estates subdivision and the current request would allow for 40-plus single family homes. The intent of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan would be met, she said, and noted the Planning Commission recommended approval. The request was unanimously approved on first reading.

A request to rezone .49 acres on a 7.12 acre tract at 2935 Broad Street from General Residential to General Commercial unanimously passed third reading.

An ordinance to authorize the sale of .89 acres of land on South Guignard Parkway for a little over $5,500 saw unanimous approval for third reading.

An ordinance for a permanent easement allowing Black River Electric Cooperative to provide power to the Spec Building was unanimously approved.

An ordinance to permanently codify language in the procurement policy of Sumter County allowing minority participation was unanimously approved. (The County already had such a policy in place, but the language was made permanent.) Council also approved, as part of the ordinance, to provide a procedure for contested bids.

Councilman C.F. “Chris” Sumpter II briefed the full council on the Public Safety Committee meeting, which involved a “pretty detailed discussion” regarding the issue of opioid abuse. A motion was put forth during committee to meet with Glenn Peagler, the executive director of Sumter Behavioral Health Services, to develop a task force regarding the opioid issue. The motion passed.

Chairman James T. McCain Jr. briefed council on the Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting about the sheriff’s involvement with the jail and how that portion of the meeting was for informational purposes only.

McCain also addressed an issue with Farmers Telephone Cooperative and how the committee came out with a motion to join Clarendon County in legally contesting a settlement regarding an allegation of back taxes.

Clerk to Council Mary Blanding also spoke to council about a bridge replacement on East Brewington Road over the Mulberry Branch. The bridge will be closed on July 24, she said, and work is expected to last 10 weeks with a completion date of Sept. 29.

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