LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

MARCH 14, 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. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Atkinson, Assistant Administrator/Clerk to Council; Thaddeus Dickey, Michael Davis, Mike Bedenbaugh.  Others present were Gee Whetsel, Frank Millican, Debbie Tindal, Pat Carter, Nancy Bryant Alderman, Andre Laws, Steve Shoemaker, Josh Stout, Gerald Jennings, all of Red Cross.

FOIA

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

PUBLIC HEARING

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

The public hearing was opened at 9:00 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Addison, seconded by Councilperson Josey.

Mr. Watkins said that this was Project Tide, otherwise known as Crowne Laundry Commercial Laundry. He said they will be located in the spec building in the Industrial Park, and the county has been working with them for over a year now.  He referred to a handout which listed the general terms of the agreement between Crown and Lee County.  (See attached Exhibit A)

He said the Council needed to pull third reading until the City of Bishopville has final reading, which will be on March 23.

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Chairman Windham said that this company visited 18 locations, and it came down to Lee County and North Carolina. He said we were chosen because of our interstate access.  He said the total payroll will be over $4 million per year and this would create a lot of wealth in the community.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Frank Millican – expressed concern about the timing of the public hearing and said that the Council is having these hearings at this time to reduce public participation.

Debbie Tindal – asked when this industry is starting. Mr. Watkins said late fall to beginning of next year.

Pat Carter – she said the County keeps bringing in industry and continuing to give tax breaks, and we are allowing them to make a profit on the backs of the citizens. She had concerns that in the future, things will be robotic and employees will be phased out and does not see what this benefits.

Chairman Windham said if we didn’t give credits, the industry would go to another county. He said we will have 153 jobs and help other business here.

Pat Carter asked what kind of business it is. Mr. Watkins said Crown Healthcare Laundry Service is a commercial laundry business.  Ms. Carter asked if laundry would be done like this in the future.  Mr. Watkins said that she was asking him to determine the future.  Mr. Watkins said the County is negotiating against other counties and this was the best deal that the industry would locate here.  Mr. Watkins said there were claw backs in the contract to protect the County.

Mr. Watkins said that the pay would be $11-16 per hour and would offer health benefits and it would be a union operation.

Mr. Watkins said that we are operating on what we know today.

The public hearing was closed at 9:53 on motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilperson Caughman. Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REGULAR MEETING

MARCH 14, 2017

MAIN COURT ROOM – SECOND FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE

 OPEN MEETING, INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

Councilman Addison gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

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REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

Mr. Watkins said that Item 4, which was third reading approval of ordinance for Crowne Industries, should be removed from the agenda because the County was waiting for more information from the attorneys. He said that the addition of First Reading approval of ordinance authorizing Lee County Election Commission to conduct Lynchburg election.

Mr. Watkins also said that Item 5B should be added to include a Resolution regarding the regulating the state pension plan for small counties. Mr. Watkins also said that 5C should be added to include the acceptance of grant from the state for upfit of building at South Atlantic Canners.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the agenda with the noted changes. Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 14, 2017 AND CALLED MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Councilperson Caughman made the motion to approve the minutes as mailed. Councilman Beasley 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

 AUTHORITY FOR THE LEE COUNTY REGISTRATION AND ELECTIONS COMMISSION TO CONDUCT THE TOWN OF LYNCHBURG MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Mr. Watkins said he got a call Friday morning from the Mayor of Lynchburg saying they had completed two readings. He said he spoke with Stan Barnhill, and they are in agreement.  He said the Town of Lynchburg will reimburse for the cost of the election, which is in June.

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

PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING WILLIAM LYDE BRYANT

Chairman Windham stated that he was recognizing William Lide Bryant, although he had never met him, he had always heard great things about him. He then recognized Judy Bryant Alderman, the daughter of William Lide Bryant.  He then presented her with the Proclamation commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the William Lide Bryant building.

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Chairman Windham said that Mrs. Alderman has been very generous with monetary donations for the facelift of the building. She has been committed to making the building look better.

  1. PROCLAMATION TO EXPRESS CONCERN OVER THE FISCAL IMPACT OF H3276 ON SMALLER COUNTIES OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Mr. Watkins read the proclamation and said that 11% of employees’ salaries goes to the state pension plan and said it will climb to 13% and will continue to increase. He said the county can only go up so much to cover these expenses

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the proclamation expressing concern over the fiscal impact of the state retirement system. Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.
APPROVAL OF GRANT FROM SOUTH CAROLINA COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Watkins said that South Atlantic Canners had applied for a grant through the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development in the amount of $75,000 for the purpose of upfit to the building to assist South Atlantic Canners’ expansion.

The grant authorizes Alan Watkins to sign agreement to draw down funds.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the grant from Department of Commerce for $75,000. Councilman Addison seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

AWARD OF FENCING CONTRACT FOR LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

Mr. Watkins said the animal shelter has been under construction for some time and said the fencing was not included. He said the County was going to use a USDA grant in the amount of $50,000 to pay for the fence.  He said these funds could also be used for security cameras, computers, etc.

Mr. Watkins said that he obtained four quotes on the fencing, and ABC Fencing was selected with a quote of $26,248.13 and this quote was submitted to USDA.

Councilperson Caughman made the motion to approve the fencing contract for the Lee County Animal Shelter. Councilman Beasley seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

REAPPOINTMENT OF THREE MEMBERS TO THE LEE COUNTY DISABILTIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS, WITH TERMS BEGINNING IN JUNE, 2017 AND EXPIRING IN JUNE, 2021

    1. Rev. Emanuel Simon
  • Ms. Bernice Bradley
  • Mr. Thaddeus Dickey

 

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Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the reappointments of the three members to the Lee County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. Councilperson Caughman seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Councilperson Josey recognized Andre Laws, mayor of Lynchburg and welcomed him to the meeting.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley said that he had no meetings this month. He said that he still encouraged everyone to send letter to the delegation to supply the local government fund at the full amount.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley not here.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman recognized Mike Bedenbaugh to introduce some members of the Red Cross.

Josh Stout said that he was thankful for the relationship and partnership that the Red Cross has had with Lee County Fire Department. He said that on January 5, 2016, a family of six escaped from a fire because of the education and smoke alarms that the Lee County Fire Department had installed.  Josh Stout then presented Mr. Bedenbaugh with a plaque recognizing his efforts of service to the community.

Mr. Bedenbaugh thanked the Red Cross for the plaque and said that he was also thankful for the working relationship that they had with them.

He reported that the Fire Department had responded to 220 calls so far this month.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Councilman Addison recognized Thaddeus Dickey to give a report. Mr. Dickey said he was finishing up basketball and starting baseball next week.  He said they had seniors walking at the gym and playing bingo on Mondays and Wednesdays.  He said they may start some short trips for seniors soon.

Councilman Addison said that RTA was trying to get a route to Sumter on Wednesday and would continue the Lynchburg route.

  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Councilman Fountain not here.

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  1. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Mr. Watkins said that he had distributed budget packets and would get them back within 30 days.

He said that met with Gregg McCutchen, Randy Wilson, Mike Deas and Freddie DuBose in regards to submitting a grant through Rural Infrastructure and EDA to enhance the wastewater capacity. He said that Crowne Industries will have a large impact on the wastewater capacity.  He said they will submit a $1 million grant application to increase the wastewater capacity.  He said the capacity is now 75,000 gallons per day and Crowne Industries will use that.

He said that the bids for the parking lot at the old Bishopville High School are due next Tuesday, March 21. He said that 40 parking spaces will be provided with covered walkways.

Councilman Addison said that he visits the majority of parks but he does not report at meetings but does keep notes on anything that needs to be done.

Chairman Windham recognized Michael Davis and welcomed him to the meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Frank Millican asked for a copy of the FILO agreement for South Atlantic Canners.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:48 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Addison, seconded by Councilperson Caughman.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                  VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                       MINUTES APPROVED