LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

CALLED MEETING

JUNE 28, 2017

MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

Members present were Travis Windham, Chairman; Charles A. Beasley, member; Jackie Josey, councilperson, Ron Fountain, member. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Stokes, Assistant Administrator/Clerk to Council; Sharon Durden.

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 opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Councilman Beasley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

 Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the agenda as mailed. Councilperson Josey 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. UPDATING AND REVISING THE HOST AGREEMENT WITH THE LEE COUNTY LANDFILL

Mr. Watkins said that there has been a host agreement between the County and the Landfill since the landfill opened in 1990. He said this agreement just outlined the tipping fees, collection rates, etc.  He said there had been several agreements since 1990, and we are just combining all language of all agreements and will be starting over with the terms.  He did say that the county is not going to allow any more garbage into the county and will not be changing the type of garbage that is received.

Mr. Watkins said that an extensive overview will be given at the second reading.

Councilperson Josey 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.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON THIRD READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. LEE COUNTY BUDGET FY 18

Mr. Watkins gave the Council three budget proposals with different cost of living raises, which were 2% with 1% bonus at Christmas, 1.75% with the 1% at Christmas and 1.50% with 1% at Christmas.

 

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He said that over the next five years, the County’s pension plan would increase by an additional $300,000 and Council needed to decide how to proceed with the budget. He said that the Ways and Means had also approved a tax millage increase of 1.5%, which would generate $48,000 and the school would have a 1.7 mill increase.  Mr. Watkins reminded everyone that school millage increase would not affect the 4% property taxes but would on 6% property, or rental property.

Chairman Windham said that it concerned him that the County would have to face these increases over the next five years and recommended the 1.50% with the 1% at Christmas.

Councilman Fountain said that the County should get ready for the future.

Councilman Beasley said that if everyone wanted to go with the 1.50% with the 1% at Christmas, he would go with that, but he would really like to be able to give the 2%.

Councilperson Josey said the 2% would really help employees but said she would go with the 1.50% with the 1% at Christmas.

Mr. Watkins said the total budget FY 18 was $12,404,594. Councilman Fountain made the motion to approve for third and final reading.  Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

  1. LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BUDGET FY 18

Mr. Watkins said the school district came to the public hearing and presented the overall budget. He said the Ways and Means Committee was recommending that the maximum millage increase of 1.77 be given for a total of 139.83 mills, which will add a tax revenue of $40,000.

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

APPROVAL TO ACCEPT A CDBG GRANT ON BEHALF OF KERSHAW/LEE COUNTY TO INSTALL A WATER TOWER IN THE ST CHARLES COMMUNITY

Ms. Sharon Durden, of Santee Lynches, was present to inform Council on the installation of the water tower.

She said that Cassatt Water had contacted them about applying for a grant. She said that the capacities of their daily demand are not being met, and that’s the reason they are needing additional water tower. The grant amount was for $1,152,200 total and the matching funds would be provided by Cassatt Water.  She said that Lee County is the grantee and contracts with Santee Lynches.  She also stated that the County will not be responsible for any money and the COG and Cassatt Water will be responsible for handling the paperwork.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve a CDBG grant on behalf of Kershaw/Lee County to install a water tower in the St Charles Community. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

Mr. Watkins said that he had received a request from the COG to facilitate a meeting between City and County for EIS study community involvement process. He said they were to appoint two members to an ad hoc committee and were in the process of coming up with a date.

Senator Tim Scott’s representative, Margaret Smaulding, was also present.

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Councilperson Josey said that the Council was invited to a tea party in honor of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

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