Sumter County Council Nov. 28 meeting

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Sumter County Council approved first reading of a rezoning request and second reading of an ordinance for a utility easement during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

City-County Planning Director George McGregor explained to council members that a request to rezone 5.8 acres at 2020 Loring Mill Road from Residential-15 (R-15) to Agricultural Conservation (AC) is to accommodate a personal storage building. The Planning Commission and planning staff recommended approval, he said, and the motion passed first reading.

McGregor reminded Council and members of the general public that a Dec. 7 drop-in meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Carolina Technical College’s Health Sciences building to discuss future improvements to Manning Avenue and North Main Street. It’s an open house meeting for folks to see some “very preliminary” work product regarding the coming makeover for that corridor.

County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke to council members about an ordinance to approve a utility easement along the right of way of the new intersection of North Lafayette Drive and North Main Street. Second reading passed.

Councilman Charles T. Edens reported on an earlier Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting held during which officials from Palmetto Health and Greenville Hospital discussed a merger.

“It did give us insight,” Edens said, and should help himself and fellow council members answer questions from constituents.

A request from Republic Services, a private company which collects waste from residents in the County was approved, as the company has contractual stipulations as such.

Edens also gave a brief update on the County’s financial picture as “everything looks on par,” with revenues meeting expenditures. The annual external audit from WebsterRogers LLP is wrapping up, he said, and that company will present it to Council at their Jan. 9, 2018, meeting.

Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said she’s had questions from constituents on a variety of topics and has scheduled a town hall meeting for 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Eastern Community Center.

Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon reported to Council that there will be a meeting next week with the contractor tasked with repairing Second Mill’s dam, which was damaged by the historic flood in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Work is slated to get underway after the holidays, he said, and there’s 90 days allotted to do so. The contractor will try to complete work in 60 days, he said.

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