LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

JULY 10, 2018

FAMILY COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

Members present were Gordon Eckley, Vice-Chairman; Charles A. Beasley, member; David Addison, member; Jackie Josey, member; Ron Fountain, member. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Stokes, Clerk to Council/Assistant Administrator.  Others present were Andre Laws, Jay Schwedler, Lucille Thomas, Michael Davis, Michael Farver, Carrie Gass, Bed Ludwig

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

 Vice- Chairman Eckley called the meeting to order and Councilman Beasley gave the invocation.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

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

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM CALLED MEETING MINUTES OF JUNE 8, 2018 AND REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF JUNE 12, 2018 AND CALLED MEETING OF JUNE 21, 2018

 Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the minutes from called meeting minutes of June 8, 2018 and regular meeting minutes of June 12, 2018 and called meeting of June 21, 2018. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Vice-Chairman Eckley called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

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 JAY SCHWEDLER WILL GIVE AN UPDATE ON PLANS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS OF I-20 PARK

 Mr. Schwedler was present and said that county was considering construction of multiple pad ready sites, one being 50,000-75,000 square feet and one being 100,000-150,000 square feet.

He also said that he was meeting with a prospect for a second site visit that was looking at Lee County that was a $7 million investment with 40 new jobs, with the pay of $14-17 an hour.

He said that a STEAM festival would be held in Sumter in October. He said that it would consists of vendors, exhibitors and interactive displays.  He said that it will be free .

Mr. Schwedler said that Martech is doing an expansion and South Atlantic Canners have added another line. He said that Crowne is up to 154 employees and the unemployment rate is down for Lee County.

Vice-Chairman Eckley encouraged the School Board and the Superintendent to support STEAM festival.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF SECOND READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

 TO LEVY AND IMPOSE A ONE PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX, SUBJECT TO A REFERENDUM IN LEE COUNTY, PURSUANT TO THE CAPITAL PROJECT SALES ACT

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

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF THIRD READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. PROPOSED MAP AMENDMENT TO REZONE TAX MAP NUMBER 038-00-00-013 OWNED BY SOUTHERN GAINS LLC FROM A GENERAL COMMERCIAL (GC) TO RURAL DISTRICT (RU)

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for third and final reading. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Vice-Chairman Eckley called for the vote, and Councilman Addison was opposed.  All but Addison voted in favor.

  1. REVISION OF JAIL CONTRACT WITH SUMTER COUNTY FOR THE OPERATION OF THE SUMTER/LEE DETENTION CENTER

Mr. Watkins said the County has revised it in previous meeting and recalculated the contract.

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

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ENGAGING AUDITORS FOR ANOTHER THREE YEAR TERM

Mr. Watkins said the County has used Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin for several years and they do an excellent job. This resolution would approve another three year term for their service.

Councilman Fountain made the motion to approve this resolution to authorize engaging auditors for another three term. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Vice-Chairman Eckley called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

ACCEPTANCE OF CDBG GRANT FOR THE ELLIOTT/ENGLISH CROSSROADS WATER EXTENSION

 Mr. Watkins said that Lee County is accepting a grant for the Elliott/St. Charles area to allow Cassatt Water to run infrastructure for water.

councilperson Josey said that the citizens do need this because of the water quality. Councilman Beasley said that he was thankful to Councilperson Josey for going through with this process.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the acceptance of CDBG Grant for the Elliott/English Crossroads water extension. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Vice-Chairman Eckley called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING 2018 GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND

 Mr. Watkins said this resolution identified the capital projects as a part of the General Obligation process. (The list of projects is attached).  Mr. Watkins said the County would issue $900,000 to $1 million every two years.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the Resolution authorizing 2018 General Obligation Bond. Councilman Addison seconded the motion.  Vice-Chairman Eckley called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Councilperson Josey did not have a report.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

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Councilman Beasley said his committee did not have any meetings but said the county is in better shape financially than they have been in while.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley said his committee did meet regarding a list of roads that needed to be rocked in the county. He said that if any councilmember had any additions, they needed to talk to administrator.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman not here.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Michael Farver was present and thanked the Council and Alan for having the confidence in him to do this job. He said they had a great baseball season and said they were not having any softball this year.  He said he was trying to get feedback from the public on new programs and one new program was adult softball.

He said that the position for the assistant to the Director had been advertised and the deadline is July 19.

Councilman Addison said that he supported Mr. Farver.

  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Councilman Fountain said that the budget was balanced without a tax increase and the County was able to give employees a 1% cost of living raise.

  1. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Mr. Watkins said the list for roads that needed to be rocked should be completed this week. He said the County has $50,000 to spend.

Mr. Watkins said the capital penny sales tax process is underway with meetings on July 16 and July 26. He said the public hearing and the third reading would be July 31, 2018.

He said the county will have a 7 year renewal but will lose one year of revenue of 900,000 because of statute of limitations.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Carrie Gass – She said that Salkahatchie was in Bishopville last week and repaired 7 homes. She said that the churches fed them every day.

She also said that the parking lot at the old Bishopville High School was beautiful but wanted to know how to get on the ballfield in a wheelchair. Mr. Watkins said that handicapped persons are allowed on the field level.

Ms. Gass said substandard housing in Lee County is a problem. She said that people are need in of repairs to their homes but cannot afford it.  She asked what people are supposed to do.  She asked if there were any grants available to do this.

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Lucille Thomas – She asked what could be done about the water pressure at the Chappell Park building.

Michael Farver said he talked with Jon Brannon and Mr. Brannon said that he was planning to turn the water pressure up.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilperson Josey.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                       VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                         MINUTES APPROVED