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    SWRTA offering free bus rides

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    The Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority is offering free rides on its buses and shuttles in Sumter County for the foreseeable future.

    “We want to assist our citizens and to build up ridership and to let them know we are doing all we can do for our citizens,” said Lottie Jones, the Executive Director of SWRTA.

    As the coronavirus has impacted pretty much every aspect of our lives, public transportation has been hit hard as well.

    “We understand the hardship it’s had on folks in our area. And for the unemployed who may need to go places, but may not have funds,” she said.

    Right now, SWRTA is operating only in Sumter and Lee counties, but continues to offer service to and from Columbia. The mid-day Express Commuter Route has been especially helpful for veterans who have appointments at the VA Hospital in Columbia, she said.

    This service runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is available not just for veterans, but for anyone who needs to go to Columbia and get back to Sumter.

    Riders are required to wear masks, she said, and social distancing measures are in place. The SWRTA is in the process of putting hand-free sanitizer on the buses, she said, while several daily cleanings are now part of the normal protocol.

    “We’ve taken many safety precautions,” she said, “and we want folks to feel secure while riding our vehicles.”

    For more information, call (803) 775-9347 or visit https://www.swrta.com/

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    Coronavirus statistics for Sumter County -- Free testing now available every Tuesday and Thursday

    As of 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2020, there have been 165,493 cases of Covid-19 in South Carolina, according to the state Department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC).

    There have unfortunately been 3,696 deaths, with 10,028 hospitalizations and a total number of tests reaching 1,780,885. Our state recovery estimate stands at 92.2 percent.

    For Sumter County, we’ve seen 3,423 cases of Covid-19, with 298 hospitalizations and 85 deaths. The total number of tests performed has been 25,952.

    State and federal authorities continue to offer simple advice for staying healthy: Wear a mask in public, socially distance from others by staying at least six feet apart, wash your hands often, avoid crowds and crowded places and if you don’t feel well, stay home.

    If you don’t feel well you need to get tested.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, MUSC will once again offer free testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street. No appointment or referral is needed.

    On Thursday, Oct. 22, MUSC will offer FREE testing at Mary McLeod Bethune Learning Center, 35 North Main Street East, Mayesville, from  2 p.m to 7 p.m. No appointment or referral is needed.

    Every Tuesday, MUSC will offer free testing at the Sumter County Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free testing will also be held every Thursday at one of the county’s community centers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will keep you informed as to the location each Thursday.

    Other testing sites that charge a fee include Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, 215 Main St., Colonial Family Practice, 325 Broad St., Sandhills Medical Foundation, 425 North Salem Ave., and CVS Pharmacy, 41 East Calhoun St.

    For more information, visit the DHEC website: https://scdhec.gov/

    May 6 2020 Sumter County Civic Center coronavirus testing

    In-person absentee voting underway at five locations in Sumter County

     In-person absentee voting is now underway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations until Oct. 30, 2020:

    Oct 5 2020 Catchall-Shaw Community CenterCatchall-Shaw Community Center, 2680 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, S.C.

    Oct 5 2020 North Hope CenterNorth Hope Center, 904 North Main Street, Sumter, S.C.

    Oct 5 2020 Pinewood Community CenterPinewood Community Center, 130 Epperson Street, Pinewood, S.C.

    Oct 5 2020 Former Jones Nissan BuildingFormer Jones Nissan Building, 1260 Broad Street, Sumter S.C.

    Oct 6 2020 Sumter County Courthouse votingYou can also cast an in-person absentee ballot at the Sumter County Courthouse, 141 North Main Street, Sumter, S.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 2, 2020 

    Please bring a mask and wear it. Practice social distancing so our community stays healthy.

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    Sumter County Council's Oct. 13, 2020, meeting

    Sumter County Council met Tuesday evening at Patriot Hall to discuss several matters.

    Sumter City-County Interim Planning Director and Zoning Administrator Helen Roodman spoke to council members about a request to rezone a two acre portion of land in a parcel at the corner of Patriot Parkway and Deschamps Road from Agricultural Conservation (AC) to Limited Commercial.

    The Planning Commission recommended approval, she said, and no changes have been made since second reading.

    Third reading was approved.

    Roodman spoke next about a request brought forth from the Planning Department staff to add General Merchandise Stores to Limited Commercial (LC) and Neighborhood Commercial (NC) Districts, based on the stores being under 11,000-square-feet. Since second reading, landscaping standards were amended to follow the requirements outlined in the Landscaping Ordinance.

    Third reading was approved.

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke next about an ordinance to extend the agreement with Waste Management for transportation and disposal of municipal solid waste in a ‘Subtitle D’ landfill facility.

    First reading passed.

    Bryan then spoke about an ordinance to extend a separate contract with Waste Management regarding Convenience Centers around Sumter County. If approved, the contract would extend the agreement with Waste Management to June 30, 2025.

    First reading passed.

    The next agenda item Bryan spoke about was an ordinance to authorize the sale of the ‘Spec Building’ at 1160 North Wise Drive along with 12.5 acres of property.

    First reading passed.

    The next two agenda items were related, Bryan said, as a resolution and ordinance involving an economic development project known as ‘Project Lisa.’ Before council was a fee in lieu of taxes agreement for the project which represents a $4 million investment and creates 164 jobs, he said.

    First reading passed for both the ordinance and resolution.

    Bryan next spoke about three ordinances all related to ‘Project Tiger V’ – the sale of about 15 acres on Race Track Road at about $15,000 per acre, an option for adjoining property at the same price and right of first refusal.

    Second reading was approved for all three ordinances.

    Councilman Charles Edens reported on an earlier Land Use Committee meeting. The county’s Landscaping Ordinance is under review, he said.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. reported on an earlier Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting. Two economic development issues and three contractual issues were discussed, he said, and no action was taken.

    Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said she will share information from the most recent Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments meeting.

    Councilman Eugene Baten reported on a meeting he recently attended at Central Carolina Technical College for veterans. He once again voiced support for a mask mandate.

    Sumter County’s Director of Voter Registration & Elections Pat Jefferson spoke about a grant for $110,796 which her office was recently rewarded. New ballot marking devices, two scanners, paper, ink and printers for satellite voting locations have been purchased, she said.

    “So the funds are being used and used very wisely,” she said.

    McCain thanked her and her department.

    “From what I can see, things are going smoothly,” he said.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said we’re fortunate to have Mrs. Jefferson, who is doing a wonderful job.

    As for the numbers of Covid-19 cases, he said Sumter County is up to 3,352 total cases, up 201 cases since the last council meeting. The county is averaging 9.5 cases per day, he said, which is slightly down since the last council meeting, which was 16 per day. Two additional deaths have occurred since the last council meeting, which were white males aged 73 and 93.

    The next County Council meeting, slated for Oct. 27, will be held back in Council Chambers at the Administration building. Public participation is expected and CDC guidelines will be followed, he said.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:31 p.m.

    The next meeting is slated for 6 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2020 in Council Chambers inside the Administration Building at 13 East Canal Street. If you would like to attend please wear a mask.



    Expect traffic slowdowns at Wilson Hall and Carter Road intersection

    May 26 2020 Carter Rd and Wilson Halll intersection Penny for Progress 1

    The Penny for Progress project to improve the intersection of Wilson Hall Road and Carter Road officially got underway today as the Notice to Proceed was given from Sumter County Government.

    This project is scheduled to be completed within 365 days and the purpose is to improve traffic flow while making it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.

    Improvements will include new turn lanes, installation of mast arms and signalization, along with drainage improvements and designated crosswalks.

    Utilities are currently being relocated and will cause traffic slowdowns, so please be patient as we work to improve this intersection.

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    Pay taxes or fines via dropboxes at Magnolia Place and Summary Court

    Summary Court Dropbox PSA

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    October  2020 edition of Gamecock County Gazette now available

    An online newsletter from Sumter County Government is now available for free.
    Each month the Gamecock County Gazette will be delivered via e-mail, and for those who wish to receive a digital copy please send your e-mail address to jperry@sumtercountysc.org and our communications coordinator will add you to the list.

    To see the newsletter, click here

    October 2020 Gamecock County Gazette