LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 11, 2017

FAMILY COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

Members present were Travis Windham, Chairman; Gordon Eckley, David Addison, member; Charles A. Beasley, member; Jackie Josey, member. Councilman Fountain and Councilperson Caughman not present.  Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Atkinson, Assistant Administrator; Paul Fata.  Others present were Dorothy Mills, Willie Blyther, Carrie Gass, Emily Washburn, Brand Turner, Pat Carter, Ray Alexander, Gee Whetsel.

FOIA

 Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, all individuals requesting notifications were so notified.

OPEN MEETING, INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 Chairman Windham called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Vice-Chairman Eckley gave the invocation.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

 Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the agenda as mailed. Vice-Chairman Eckley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM REGULAR MEETING OF MARCH 14, 2017

 Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of March 14, 2017 as written. Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

Page 2, Lee County Council Minutes, April 11, 2017

REQUEST FOR MOTON ON SECOND READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

 AUTHORIZATION FOR LEE COUNTY REGISTRATION AND ELECTIONS COMMISSION TO CONDUCT THE TOWN OF LYNCHBURG MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Mr. Watkins said that the Town of Lynchburg had authorized the local election board to conduct its elections. He said they had agreed to pay for any cost and the cost estimate given to them by Stan Barnhill was approximately $1500 per election.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve for second reading approval. Vice-Chairman Eckley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON THIRD READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. AUTHORIZATION THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF AN INCENTIVE AND CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY AGREEMENT AMONG LEE COUNTY, CITY OF BISHOPVILLE, AND PROJECT TIDE; A FEE IN LIEU OF AD VALOREM TAXES, AGREEMENT BETWEEN LEE COUNTY AND PROJECT TIDE; THE TRANSFER OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN LEE COUNTY TO PROJECT TIDE AND THE PROVISEION OF OTHER INCENTIVES FOR PROJECT TIDE; THE INCLUSION OF THE REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN LEE COUUNTY; THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO AFFECT THE INTENT OF THIS ORIDNANCE; AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS.

Mr. Watkins said this was Crowne Health Laundry Services and would be located in the spec building. He reviewed the incentives and general terms of the agreement, which is included in the attached handout.  He said it was an $11 million investment over a five year time frame to develop a 59,000 square foot facility.

Mr. Watkins said the City of Bishopville agreed to job tax credit that would be equal to the total of the impact fee/153 total jobs, which would equal to $1130 per job tax credit. He said the City would lock in water rate for two years.

Chairman Windham said that Crowne looked at 18 different site and it got down to one other and Lee County. He said that we were fortunate to have been selected.

Vice-Chairman Eckley said that the County was excited about where we have come from in 15 years.

Vice-Chairman Eckley made the motion to approve for third reading approval of ordinance. Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

Page 3, Lee County Council Minutes, April 11, 2017

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Councilperson Josey introduced Brand Turner, who was standing in for Mr. Favour. He said that April was Child Abuse Prevention month and said that Lee County had dispersed $574,207 in SNAP benefits for the month of March.

Councilperson Josey said that Lee County Adult Education was offering free computer classes from May 1-11 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. if anyone was interested.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley said that his committee did not meet. He said that we still need to work with state to still receive the full Local Government Fund.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley said that there was a bid meeting for old Bishopville High School parking lot, and the County was reviewing bids now. He also said that the County would be paving Dusty Lane, and the low bid received was $53,000.  He said they were waiting on application from Tom Drayton.

He said that he attended the celebration with Coke, which was the new $13 million expansion and nine new jobs. He said they would be getting some new equipment too. He said that Coke has been in Lee County for 44 years.

Mr. Watkins also said that everything had been submitted for FEMA in regards to the hurricane.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman not here.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Thaddeus Dickey was not present. Mr. Watkins said that spring sports has begun and senior programs are ongoing.

Councilman Addison said that transportation is going good and the Quality of Life would be meeting soon.

  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Mr. Watkins said that he had received all budget requests and meetings would be scheduled for end of the month.

He said that it looked like a $375,000 increase for the county in pension rates over the next five years. He said that hopefully the state will look at helping the counties to offset these costs.

Chairman Windham said that he attended the Clemson Extension Service Open House in which approximately 50 people attended.  He said that it was a very nice event.

Page 4, Lee County Council Minutes, April 11, 2017

  1. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Mr. Watkins said that he with Terry Booth, interim president of Central Carolina, recently and she said based on the scholarships we funded, the number of graduates for Lee County was 22%.

He said The Link held a program at the Central Carolina Manufacturing Technology Training Center in Sumter. He said that rising ninth graders were present, as well as their parents, to show what the jobs of the future will look like.

Mr. Watkins commended Erika Williams, of The Link, for the great job she did in coordinating this event and what she has done to help Lee County.

Vice-Chairman Eckley said that he was proud of the students at the meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

EXECUTIVE SESSION

  1. COUNCIL WILL ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION ON A CONTRACTUAL MATTER

Council entered Executive Session at 9:55 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Addison.

Council came out of Executive Session at 10:22 a.m. on a motion made by Vice-Chairman Eckley, seconded by Councilman Beasley. No votes were taken, no action taken.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:23 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Addison, seconded by Vice-Chairman Eckley.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                             VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                             MINUTES APPROVED