County Council takes action on several items Tuesday evening

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Sumter County Council approved third and final reading on a rezoning request and approved two first readings and a second reading on ordinances during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

City-County Planning Coordinator and Zoning Administrator Donna McCullum told council members there have been no changes to a request to rezone about 24 acres at Ellerbe Estates on S.C. 261 since council heard second reading on the issue. Council approved the final reading to rezone the land from Agricultural Conservation to Residential-15.

Council approved first reading of an ordinance, in title only, to amend the master agreement governing Sumter-Lee Industrial Park to enlarge its boundaries to include Sumter Easy Home LLC.

First reading of an ordinance, in title only, to amend building permit fees and certain building and re-inspection fees was also approved. Councilman Charles Edens asked if there had been any changes since a prior discussion and County Attorney Johnathan Bryan said there had not.


First reading of an ordinance to allow the sheriff to contractually manage and operate Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center was approved. Council member Vivian Fleming-McGhaney was not present during discussion or the vote to avoid any conflict of interest.


econd reading of an ordinance authorizing the fee-in-lieu agreement between Sumter County and Sumter Easy Home LLC was approved.

Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. briefed council members and the public on a Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting earlier during which time a contract for disaster recovery services was discussed, simply for informational purposes. Hurricane season is upon us, he noted, explaining that any contract would go through the regular procurement process.

Council member Fleming-McGhaney noted her appreciation for the professional development opportunities recently afforded to council in attending the S.C. Association of Counties Conference. Two key takeaways, she said, were the need to keep pressing state legislators about the Local Government Fund and the importance of getting an accurate Census count when the time comes. The S.C.A.C. provides valuable information on its website, she noted.


She and other council members lauded Rob Sexton, the Community Relations Manager for the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at Shaw Air Force Base for his efforts over the years and congratulated Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Christopher McKinney for staying in Sumter County upon his recent retirement.


Clerk to Council Mary Blanding reminded council members about an event slated for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Patriot Hall to honor former council member James Campbell. Blanding also noted that all council members have been personally invited to attend an eclipse party at Morris College on August 21.

County Administrator Gary Mixon reported to council about a Tuesday meeting he and Chairman McCain had with U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, 5th District. It was a constructive meeting, Mixon said, as Congressman Norman alerted himself and McCain about the possibility of federal infrastructure dollars coming this way. Topics of discussion included how Sumter is positioned well because of Shaw Air Force Base, the U.S. 521 corridor and the multi-county I-95 Mega-Site.

“It was nice to have a personal visit from Congressman Norman,” Mixon said.


Mixon also briefed council on a $2.5 million bond sale for capital improvements. Five banks put in bids, he said, with the low bid coming in at 1.846 percent interest. The Second Mill Project has received bids and has been approved, he said, with all the key information now in the hands of S.C. Emergency Management. It will then be passed along to FEMA for final approval, he said, and reimbursement. Residents should see progress in the coming weeks.

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