• Sumter County Council's Feb. 23, 2021, meeting

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    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening received a clean opinion from an external auditing firm regarding the County’s finances for the Fiscal Year that ended June 30, 2020.

    Council members also approved formation of the Sumter City-County Litter Advisory Board.

    At the outset of the meeting, County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke about second reading of an ordinance related to the business license renewal deadline. The move is intended to match recent legislation from the Statehouse, he said.

    No one spoke during the Public Hearing and second reading passed unanimously.

    Bryan spoke next about an ordinance to authorize the declaration of restrictive covenants on land at U.S. 521 South, St. Matthew Church Road and Race Track Road.

    No one spoke during the Public Hearing and second reading passed unanimously.

    Charlotte Allen with WebsterRogers LLP, an external auditing firm, gave a clean opinion on the County’s Fiscal Year that ended June 30, 2020.

    She thanked the Finance Department for their help and Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said he appreciates the hard work of her firm. Mixon introduced Uvette Pope-Rogers, the County’s new Finance Director.

    Mixon thanked Kelsey Andrews and the entire Finance Department for their hard work.

    Bryan spoke next about a resolution to appoint and commission a Codes Enforcement Officer, and explained that currently, only Planning Director Helen Roodman is authorized to write a Land Use summons. She has asked to give Jeff Derwort from the Planning Department the authority to write a Land Use summons as well.

    No new staff would be added, he said, in response to a question from Councilman Charles Edens. The resolution was approved unanimously.

    Bryan then spoke about third reading of a Fee-in-Lieu Tax Agreement (FILOT) with Thompson Construction, which was approved unanimously, along with:

    • Third reading of an ordinance to amend the master agreement governing Sumter-Lee Industrial Park to include property owned by Thompson Construction.

    After some discussion, third reading of an ordinance to create the Sumter City-County Litter Advisory Board was approved.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Sr. noted the Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee met prior to the regular Council meeting to receive the audit results from Allen of WebsterRogers LLP.

    Councilman Eugene Baten once again asked for a mask mandate for Sumter County.

    Mixon noted the county budget process is underway. He also said the Public Comment portion of Council meetings will likely return soon, based on the downward trend of Covid-19 cases in Sumter County.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:54 p.m.