Sumter County Council's Feb. 13, 2024, meeting
Sumter County Council on Feb. 13, 2024, dealt with land use matters and more during its regular meeting.
Sumter City-County Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke first about an ordinance amendment related to County Zoning and Development Standards which would permit used motor vehicle parts merchants with on-site dismantling and/or storage in the Light Industrial-Warehouse (LI-W) District as a Special Exception Use with Specific Special Design Criteria.
First reading was approved.
Council then discussed Sumter County’s Business License Ordinance. Councilman Carlton Washington offered proposed language crafted with the help of attorney Andrea Loney.
The proposed changes would lessen the standards by which applicants could be denied a business license. The changes were approved by Council and will be crafted into an ordinance likely to see first reading at the next meeting.
Councilman Artie Baker reported on an earlier Public Works Committee meeting during which the discussion focused on the condition and ownership of Kangaroo Lane. Discussions will continue, he said.
County Administrator Gary Mixon noted that the last meeting saw Council approve moving forward with the Capital Penny Sales Tax Referendum. At the next meeting on Feb. 27, a discussion will begin regarding proposed projects, he said. A list of the 2022 project will be sent to Council members for review. Council members can also offer suggestions, he said.
During the Public Comments, a teacher from Pocalla Springs Elementary School noted her students are currently involved in an effort to keep beavers safe when crossing Pinewood Road between Marwood and Kingsbury drives.
A Sumter resident thanked Council members for their work on the business license ordinance.
A Sumter resident and member of the Sumter Litter Advisory Board encouraged members of Council and the public to get involved in a Feb. 18 litter pickup.
A Wedgefield resident thanked Council for what they do and advocated for more Sheriff’s Deputy patrols in Wedgefield.
The meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.
Marine Corps 24th Expeditionary Unit thanks County Government
Sumter County Government was formally recognized Tuesday evening by the United States Marine Corps 24th Expeditionary Unit.
Lt. Col. Ray Kaster told County Council that regular training exercises bring the Marines from Camp Lejeune up and down the East Coast with a stop here.
Sumter County has provided locales for the Marines to train and help build their capability as a crisis response force readying for potential combat situations, he said.
Sumter County specifically has been “pivotal the last couple years” in providing venues to allow the Marines to conduct specific training needed “to help sharpen the edge of the sword, if you will,” he said.
Thank you, Lt. Col. Kaster, and we appreciate what you and your fellow Marines do each and every day to keep us safe.
Sumter Veteran Sinkler leads Pledge of Allegiance
Sumter Veteran James L. Sinkler Tuesday evening led the Pledge of Allegiance before Sumter County Council’s regular meeting.
Sinkler served our Nation in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988. After his military service he became a S.C. Trooper and retired as a First Sergeant after 25 years. He’s currently a Sergeant Major with the Sumter Police Department and oversees the Community Service Department.
Sinkler lives in District 3, which is represented by Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Sinkler.