LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

DECEMBER 13, 2016

MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

Members present were Travis Windham Chairman; David Addison, member; Charles A. Beasley, member; Jackie Josey, member; Johnette Caughman, member; Ron Fountain, member. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Atkinson, Assistant Administrator/Clerk to

Council; Arlene Samuel. Others present were Frank Millican, Johnnie McCutchen, Tammy Feeney, Daniel Feeney, Gee Atkinson, Bettie Toney.

FOIA

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PUBLIC HEARING

DECEMBER 13, 2016

MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

The Public Hearing opened at 5:30 p.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Addison. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried. All voted in favor.

  1. TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LEE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE TO APPROVE AND ADD SECTION 2-21-4 “OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE” AS A NEW USE AND TO BE PERMITTED IN THE RURAL DISTRICT AS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION

Mr. Watkins said these were two separate public hearings and Council would be voting on two separate sections of Zoning Ordinance. He said the first was within the Zoning Ordinance and would be permitted by special exception.  He said anyone wanting to do this would have to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals.  He said that if someone wants to put in a gun range, it would be done by Special Exception and said that a gun range can be a permitted use.  This would create a classification within the Zoning Ordinance.

There was no public comment from the audience.

  1. TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LEE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE OF ARTICLE 7, SUPPLEMENTARY DISTRICT REGULATION WITH A NEW SECTION, “SECTION 7-34 OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE, WITH GUIDELINES

Mr. Watkins read the guidelines associated with the amendment. He said anyone who applies will hage to meet those guidelines.  (See attachment)

Mr. Watkins said the Board of Zoning Appeals would review these. He said the property would have to be posted so the neighbors would know about it.

Public Comment:

Frank Millican – has many concerns about the Gun Range. Submitted it in writing.

Councilperson Caughman asked about the property. She asked that after Council approved and wanted to file a request they would have to appear before Board of Zoning Appeals.

Mr. Watkins said this protects the neighbors and allows people to do what they want. He said that it would be a case by case basis.

Councilman Addison asked if this was going to be an open gun range. Mr. Watkins said yes

The public hearing was closed at 5:45 p.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Addison. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

  1. ORDINANCE SUMMONS PROCEDURE FOR COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT

Mr. Watkins said that this is in reference to the Zoning rules and regulations. He said that currently, if the department had a violation and went to enforce it, they could only issue a courtesy summons.

After our local magistrate talked to Columbia officials, we had to issue a bench warrant, have the person booked and then come back to court. The county felt this was pretty extensive.

Mr. Watkins said there is a code law statute that allows the county to appoint a codes enforcement officer to write tickets to individuals based on zoning violations. This would also apply to hospitality and accommodations tax.

Mr. Watkins said that he would be the one to appoint a Codes Enforcement Officer.

Public Comment:

There was no public comment.

The public hearing was closed at 5:50 p.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilperson Caughman. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REGULAR MEETING

DECEMBER 13, 2016

MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

OPEN MEETING, INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

Chairman Windham called the regular to meeting to order and Councilman Beasley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Page 3, Lee County Council Minutes, December 13, 2016

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

The agenda was approved as mailed on a motion made by Councilperson Josey, seconded by Councilperson Caughman. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 10, 2016 AND CALLED MEETING OF NOVEMBER 17, 2016

The minutes from the regular meeting of November 10, 2016 and called meeting of November 17, 2016 were approved on a motion made by Councilman Fountain, seconded by Councilman Addison. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF FIRST READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. FEE IN LIEU AGREEMENT BETWEEN LEE COUNTY AND PROJECT COCO

Mr. Watkins said that he had received a request from an existing industry that is planning to do a $4 million expansion. This expansion would include nine jobs.  He said that this agreement would authorize a resolution for a FILO, which are tax incentives and would cut taxes from 10.5% to 6% for 30 years and an SSRC, which is an abatement of a portion of taxes.

Mr. Watkins said this would authorize certain tax incentives to invest $14 million with nine new jobs over a three year period and jobs in 2017.

Mr. Watkins said this ordinance is in name only and the pertinent information would follow for second reading.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the FILO Agreement between Lee County and Project Coco for first reading. Councilperson Caughman seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

INDUCEMENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR FEE IN LIEU OF TAX AGREEMENT BETWEEN LEE COUNTY AND PROJECT COCO

Mr. Watkins said this would be a Resolution with a FILO for 30 years with $14 million investment and nine new jobs. He said the investment dollars will come over 3-5 years and jobs will be in 2017.  He said they have to do the full $14 million in order to get the tax breaks.

Councilperson Caughman made the motion to approve the Inducement Resolution and Councilman Fountain seconded the motion. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

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REQUEST FOR MOTION ON SECOND READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LEE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE TO APPROVE AND ADD SECTION 2-21-4 “OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE: AS A NEW USE AND TO BE PERMITTED IN THE RURAL DISTRICT AS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for second reading approval. Councilman Addison seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

  1. TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LEE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE OF ARTICLE 7, SUPPLEMENTARY DISTRICT REGULATION WITH A NEW SECTION. “SECTION 7-ER OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE.: WITH GUIDELINES.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve for second reading. Councilperson Caughman 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. ORDINANCE SUMMONS PROCEDURE FOR COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT

Mr. Watkins said that ordinance gave the authorization to approve a Codes Enforcement Officer to write tickets if someone is in violation of Zoning Ordinance rather than have a bench warrant issued.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve for third and final reading. Councilperson Caughman seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

DISCUSSION WITH DELEGATION REGARDING UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Mr. Will Wheeler was present. Senator McElveen had a prior commitment and Senator Malloy was not present.

Mr. Wheeler said that he is proud to say that good things are going on and was working on two bills to introduce.

He said that as far as Local Government Fund, he said that roads are important and there are a number of priorities that our state will be reviewed.

Mr. Wheeler said that the Magistrate appointment was with the senators. He said that appointment was exclusively theirs to make.  Mr. Watkins said the County has had a full time opening since 2010, and currently, the county has three part time magistrates.

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Mr. Watkins said employees are hired by Chief Magistrate and the county is responsible for paying those employees.

Ashwood Lake – Mr. Wheeler said that he called Col. Taylor, Chief of DNR.  He said they last spoke in August or end of July and he said that everything was lined up for FEMA to come in and fix dam.

PRT funds – Mr. Watkins said there is $23-25,000 allotment every year and the County has three years to spend it. Mr. Watkins said he will send out a letter next week………

Office area – Mr. Wheeler thanked the Council for the office space. He said it will be a benefit to the public and said he will take some staff from his office and have there for set hours.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Councilperson Josey said the Farmers Market in Lynchburg opened on November 16. She said the Farmers Market was opened in Bishopville on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 – 1:30.  She also reported that the Job Fair for the Crowne Industries was very successful.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley said that he had no meetings. He did mention the County had a Thanksgiving Dinner for the employees.  He said the County also hosted retirement receptions for Grady Brown and Catherine Harris and James Davis.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Councilman Eckley not here.

Mr. Watkins said he talked with Tom Drayton regarding Docs Drive. He said that there is a storm water drainage issue that will require an engineering study that will cost around $19,000.  Mr. Drayton authorized these funds by drawn down from C funds.  He said if it is approved, then we will authorize the engineer to do it and then it will be put out for bid.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman said there were no committee meetings. She reported that the wrecked fire truck was back on the road.

Mr. Watkins said that 10,000 cubic yards of debris had been picked up, and the deadline for pickup was Monday. They still have to grind the debris.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Councilman Addison said there were no meetings. He said that the Transportation Committee made a report at the last meeting.

  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Nothing to report

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ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

In reference to the alcohol Sunday sales ,Mr. Watkins said that he had talked to DOR and they said to check the website to see if Lee County had been posted. He said that businesses will have to contact DOR.  There is a fee to change sale days to seven days.

Project Tide – There will be another job fair. He said they were holding a job fair as a requirement to get the industry to locate here. They want 800-1000 resumes between Lee and Sumter.  There were 410 in Lee County.  He said hopefully they will announce soon.  He said the wanted to open in 2017, with 150 full time jobs with benefits, with $12-13 million investment.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Bettie Toney asked if the County could benefit from having our own jail, as opposed to being with Sumter. She also asked if this company could use an existing building. Mr. Watkins responded that they were going to use the spec building and retrofit .

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Addison.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                           VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                           MINUTES APPROVED