LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 10, 2017

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; Tim DuBose, Paul Fata.  Others present were Bettie Toney, Ray Alexander, Major Simon, Debbie Tindal, Willie Blythers, Mr. Felix, Gloria Wells.

FOIA

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

NOMINATION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN TO THE COUNCIL

 Councilman Beasley nominated Travis Windham as Chairman of Council. Councilman Fountain seconded the nomination.  Councilman Beasley made the motion for the nominations to come to a close.  Councilperson Josey seconded that motion.  All voted in favor.

Chairman Windham thanked everyone for their confidence in him as Chairman. He said he feels very good about Lee County right now.

The floor was opened up for nominations for Vice-Chairman. Councilman Fountain nominated Gordon Eckley as Vice-Chair.  Councilperson Josey seconded that nomination.  Councilman Beasley motioned for the nominations to come to a close, with Councilperson Caughman seconding that motion. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  Vice-Chairman Eckley was not present to comment.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

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

Page 2, Lee County Council Minutes, January 10, 2017

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM DECEMBER 13, 2016

 Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the minutes from December 13, 2016. Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried. All voted in favor.

PROCLAMATION HONORING DRINK SMALL FOR HIS 84TH BIRTHDAY

 Chairman Windham said that Bettie Toney had asked him if the Council would consider doing this proclamation and honor Drink Small for his 84th birthday and asked Ms. Toney if she would come and accept this proclamation on his behalf.  Chairman Windham read it and she accepted the proclamation on Mr. Small’s behalf and thanked the Council for recognizing Mr. Small.

 REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION ON FIRST READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

 TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LEE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE TO MAKE A WASTE TIRE PROCESSING FACILITY A PERMITTED CONDITIONAL USE IN A RURAL DISTRICT (RU)

Mr. Watkins said that he received a letter from Lee County Planning Commission requesting that a text amendment be done to the Zoning Ordinance to make a waste tire processing facility a permitted conditional use in a rural district. He said that anyone wanting to do this would have to appear before Board of Zoning Appeals.  He said we would have to have two more readings and a public hearing.

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

  1. AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF AN INCENTIVE AND CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY AGREEMENT AMONG LEE COUNTY, THE CITY OF BISHOPVILLE AND PROJECT TIDE: A FEE IN LIEU OF AD VALOREM TAXES REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN LEE COUNTY TO PROJECT TIDE: THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN OTHER INCENTIVES FOR PROJECT TIDE; THE INCLUSION OF THE REAL PROPERTY TO BE CONVEYED TO PROJECT TIDE IN A MULTI-COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK WITH SUMTER COUNTY; THE EXECUTION OF DELIVERY OF ANY DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO EFFECT THE INTENT OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND ANY OTHER MATTERS RELATED THEREO.

Mr. Watkins said this related to Project Tide, the industry that planned to locate in Lee County. He said we were doing this in name only today.  He said this industry was a $12 million investment with 150 jobs.

Page 3, Lee County Council Minutes, January 10, 2017

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve for first 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. 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 this had been requested from the Planning Commission for a development of a gun range through special exception. Anyone wanting to do this would have to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Councilman Addison asked if it would be open to the public. Mr. Watkins said yes.  Councilman Addison asked if Council would have any discretion of the shooting range.  Mr. Watkins said this is a business, and the Board of Zoning Appeals would address any concerns that people had and would make sure that the shooting range was compliant.  Councilman Addison asked if the general public would have access to the gun range, and Mr. Watkins said yes.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for third and final reading. Councilman Fountain 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 7-34 OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE,” WITH GUIDELINES

Mr. Watkins said this was basically the second location within the Zoning Ordinance with change in wording, known as Exhibit A.

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

COMMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilperson Josey did not have a report.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley said that his committee had not met. He did have a concern about the litter in Lee County.  He said that he did not know what Council could do about it, but wants to have this issue referred to the Public Safety Committee.

Page 5, Lee County Council Minutes, January 10, 2017

BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley not here.

Mr. Watkins said the County was proceeding with the next phase, which included the large arch windows but will not start until March or April.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman said they did not have any meetings.

Simon Major said that everything was going good at the prison.

Tim DuBose said they finished the year with 4,975 calls for 2016. He said that finished 2016 as Number one in the state with data collections at DHEC.  He said that DHEC monitors everything in reports and give a data score.

Chairman Windham thanked Tim and his staff for the great job they are doing.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Councilman Addison said that his committee did not meet in December; however, he did meet with Quality of Life and Transportation.

He asked that anytime that Thaddeus Dickey cannot be present at the meeting, he would like Mr. Dickey to give him a written report.

Mr. Watkins said he would.

Councilman Addison said that the shingles are torn and some of the siding is coming off on the shelter at Garrett Field.

Mr. Watkins said they County is working on redoing ballfields and parks and playgrounds.

  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Councilman Fountain said that department heads are doing a good job staying within their budgets.

  1. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Mr. Watkins said he met with FEMA in regards to the reimbursement for Hurricane Matthew. He said the County did have some damage and said we could be reimbursed for 75% of the cost to repair and can also get reimbursed for overtime and equipment used. Mr. Watkins said that hopefully the state will give us the 25% difference.

He also mentioned that the City is hosting a retirement drop in for Mike Deas on Friday from 5-7.

Page 5, Lee County Council Minutes, January 10, 2017

PUBLIC COMMENT

Major Simon said that the Sumter Lee Correctional Institute has job openings.

Bettie Toney asked if Lee County has a homeless shelter. Mr. Watkins said no.  She asked the Council to consider establishing a homeless shelter.  Chairman Windham said this would be referred to a committee.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:25 on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilperson Caughman.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                   VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                     MINUTES APPROVED