LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

JUNE 12, 2018
MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

 Members present were Travis Windham, Chairman; Gordon Eckley, Vice-Chairman; David Addison, member; Charles A. Beasley, member; Jackie Josey, member; Johnette Caughman, member; Ron Fountain, member. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Stokes, Assistant Administrator/Clerk to Council, Danny Simon. Others present were Robert Brown, Dr. Wanda Andrews, Frank Millican, Ben Ludwig, Olyesnia Pavlenko, Pat Carter.

PUBLIC HEARING

LEE COUNTY BUDGET FY19

The public hearing was opened at 5:30 p.m. on a motion made by Councilperson Josey, seconded by Councilperson Caughman. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried. All voted in favor.

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He said the Ways and Means would have at least more meeting to finalize and balance the budget. Public Comment:There were no public comments from the audience. The public hearing was closed at 5:45 on a motion made by Councilman Fountain, seconded by Vice-Chairman Eckley. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried. All voted in favor.Mr. Watkins said that the County would also be doing a General Obligation Bond again this year. He said the goal is to sustain the level of millage of 18 mills and pay off existing debt. He said the bond would be for $900,000 and would pay off the 2016 Bond.Mr. Watkins said that the mandated retirement costs had increased $60,000.  He said that health insurance costs had also increased $60,000, which would be effective January 1, 2019. However, the workers comp insurance had decreased in premium from last year. He also said there would a freeze on full time positions, however, the departments would be allowed to replace someone if they leave. He said there would also be a freeze on outside agencies at the current level.

Mr. Watkins said that one of the major components of the budget was that two full time positions was moved from E-911 and EMS to Administration. He also said that the county would begin charging a convenience fee 1.55% for the use of debit and credit card usage. He said that the county currently receives over $1 million each year of debit and credit card usage.He said that the current deficit was $15,602.20, with a projected revenue of $12,650,776, and projected expenses to be $12,666,378. Mr. Watkins said that the Ways and Means had met several times to work on first reading, in which all budget requests were included, which resulted in a deficit of $407,437

.LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BUDGET FY 19 

The public hearing opened at 5:46 p.m. on a motion made by Councilperson Josey, seconded by Vice-Chairman Eckley. Mr. Watkins recognized Dr. Wanda Andrews and she introduced her staff.

Ms. Sharika Anderson, Finance Director, said that the budget was balanced, with the revenue and expenses at $15,469,234, respectively. She said it was a decrease of $194,918 from last year. Ms. Anderson said that the budget was funded at the current rate of $2625 per pupil.  She said that the school had a decrease of $300,000 of EIA funding, and a salary increase of 1%   Ms. Anderson said the final count for students was at 2,022.

Dr. Andrews said that 30 positions were going to be cut with next year’s budget. Mr. Watkins said that of the total budget, the county is responsible for local sources of revenue, which includes local tax millage and various local fees.  The total amount of mills from last year was 139.83, and the requested amount of mills for next year’s budget was 2.13, making it a total of 141.9 millage rate.  He said the property taxes and vehicle taxes goes directly to the school.

Frank Millican asked Ms. Anderson if they were cutting 30 positions next year. She answered yes.  He asked what areas the jobs would be cut in.  Dr. Andrews said they do not have that information right now, but probably some teaching, some food services, and some retirees.

Without any further comments, the public hearing was closed at 5:59 p.m. on a motion made  By Vice-Chairman Eckley, seconded by Councilman Beasley.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.

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LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

JUNE 12, 2018

MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

OPEN MEETING, INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

Chairman Windham welcomed everyone and asked Councilman Addison to deliver invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

Councilperson Caughman 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 MAY 8, 2018

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the minutes of May 8, 2018.   Councilman Addison seconded the motion.  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. 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).

Mr. Watkins said that this is one of the six sites that was part of the FILO agreement. He said it is located off Mac Stuckey Road, and is currently zoned General Commercial, and will be changed to Rural District.

He said the public hearing is scheduled for June 21, 2018 and said this will be similar to the other sites.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for first reading. Vice-Chairman Eckley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and Councilman Addison did not vote in favor.  The vote was 6 in favor and 1 not in favor.

Councilman Addison said his concern was that this was prime property that could be used for industry since it was located adjacent to James Industrial Park and I-20 Park.

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REQUEST FOR MOTION ON SECOND READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. LEE COUNTY BUDGET FY19

Mr. Watkins said that we had just had the public hearing on the budget, and the total budget presented for second reading was $12,650,776, with a deficit of $15,602.20.

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

  1. LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BUDGET FY 19

Mr. Watkins said the County was approving to increase the millage by 2.13 for a total of 141.19 mills.

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.

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

Mr. Watkins said the County had experienced substantial increases in the past several years regarding jail costs. He said the cost is divided between Sumter and Lee Counties, based on inmate days.

He said that the cost will be figured on a five year average with fifth year coming off. He said the percentage of use would not go up or come down by more than 1%.  He said the operation of the jail falls under the Sumter County Sheriff’s office.  He said that the county will be responsible for 10% of any capital needs, and they can be financed over a five year period.

Mr. Watkins said Lee County’s portion to the jail would be $689,000 for this year.

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

RESOLUTION TO UPDATE LEE COUNTY ADA 504 REASONABLE ACCOMODATION POLICY AND TO ESTABLISH AN ADA GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Vice-Chairman Eckley read the resolution and Mr. Watkins said that the County was just updating their policy and establishing a procedure.

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

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PROCLAMATION TO RECOGNIZE JUNE 15, 2018 AS WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

Mr. Watkins said that Santee Lynches had contacted the County and wanted us to approve this resolution for recognition of World Elder Abuse Day on June 15, 2018.

Mr. Watkins read the proclamation.

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilperson Josey recognized Dr. Andrews to give an update. Dr. Andrews said they had 139 graduates this year and 98 are enrolled in colleges.  She said that they received $5.9 million in scholarship funds and 16 students were joining the military.

She said the schools were doing summer camps again this year. Dr. Andrews said that August 15 would be the opening day of the new school year.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley said this committee did not have any meetings.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley said that the cornerstones have been repaired on the corners of the courthouse.

He also said that the roof of the old recreation offices at the old high school was being repaired.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman said that her committee did not have any meetings.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Councilman Addison did not have a report. Mr. Watkins said that they are preparing for football and basketball camps.

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  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Councilman Fountain thanked the committee for their hard work on this budget and thanked the department heads for holding expenses down this past year. He said they are working hard to balance their budget without a tax increase.

  1. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Mr. Watkins said there would be a SCDOT public meeting regarding the truck route. He said there are several routes on their website with possible corridors.  He said they would receive public comments through June 30.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no public comments

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 p.m. on a motion made by Vice-Chairman Eckley, seconded by Councilman Beasley.

 

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CHAIRMAN                                                                      VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                       MINUTES APPROVED