LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

MAY 8, 2018

FAMILY 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 Stokes, Assistant Administrator; Teresa Brown, Michael Davis.  Others present were Chris McKinney, Areatha Clark, Frances Drayton, Cheryl Cole, Frank Millican, Chris Parnell, Debbie Tindal, James Felix, Phil Boykin, Pat Carter.

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 called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Councilman Addison 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.

EQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM REGULAR MEETING OF APRIL 10, 2018 AND JOINT MEETING OF CITY AND COUNTY COUNCILS OF APRIL 18, 2018

 Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of April 10, 2018 and joint meeting of city and county councils of April 18, 2018. Councilman Addison seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

AREATHA CLARK, OF SANTEE LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT, WILL UPDATE COUNCIL ON THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 M. Clark briefed Council on the workforce development program and how they help people get jobs through their program.

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r. Watkins said the COG was very instrumental in Crowne locating here in Lee County, and they did a great job.

Chairman Windham thanked Ms. Clark for coming and sharing with Council.

FRANCES DRAYTON AND CHERYL COLE WILL GIVE PRESENTATION ON THE POTENTIAL OF A HOMELESS SHELTER

 Mrs. Frances Drayton was present and gave information on the possibility of a homeless shelter. She said they had partnered with the churches here and possibly had acquired a site.

Chairman Windham thanked her for coming and making her presentation.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION FOR FIRST READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

 LEE COUNTY BUDGET FY 19

Mr. Watkins said the projected revenue is $12,465,047.56 and the projected expenses are $12,872,484, which leaves a deficit of $407,437.56. He said that retirement increased as well as health insurance on the employer side, but the workers comp insurance decreased.

Mr. Watkins said that you could only increase the millage by 2.13, which would be a little over three mills, and the maximum this could generate would be approximately $100,000. He said the County is planning to do a General Obligation Bond for $940,000 and a copy of the Project Needs Capital List is attached.   (See attached).
Councilman Fountain made the motion to approve the Lee County Budget FY 19 for first reading. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

  1. LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BUDGET FY 19

The Lee County School is still working on their budget, but the figure that is being considered for first reading is 139.8 Mills, which is subject to change when the School District submits their formal request for funding at the second reading, which will be the public hearing for the county and school budgets.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve for first reading of the Lee County School Budget FY 19. Councilperson Caughman seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

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

Mr. Watkins said this was set to expire in April, 2021. He said that he met with the City about renewing the penny sales tax.  He said this tax would continue to be collected for 8 more years.  He said that the County and City would appoint a commission and would go through the same process.  He said the committee will meet and come up with projects deadline by August 15.

Mr. Watkins reviewed the list of completed projects, which is attached. (See attached)

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for first reading. Councilman Addison 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 that he met with Public Safety Committee and they moved to revise our current contract with Sumter. He said that the County would need to have the public hearing before finalized changes in jail on a yearly basis.

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

INDUCEMENT RESOLUTION FOR PROJECT LYCHEE

Mr. Watkins said this is the solar project, and this was basically a summarization of our fee arrangements and Southern Current. He said that this project would generate $282,000 per year in revenue for 10 years.  He said that approximately $244,000 would be generated for the next 20 years.  He said there are six solar sites currently in Lee County.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve the Inducement Resolution for Project Lychee. Councilperson Josey seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

APPROVAL OF LOW BID FOR ROOF REPAIR ON OLD RECREATION OFFICES AT BISHOPVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Watkins said this was roof repair for the former Recreation offices, as a result from storm damage. He said that the net cost to the County was approximately $5,000 and the rest would come from FEMA and insurance proceeds for storm damage.  The low bid for roof repair was from Eagle Construction in the amount of $55,000.

Councilman Addison made the motion to approve the low bid for roof repair on old recreation offices from Eagle Construction. Councilman Fountain seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DHEC TO UTILIZE FUNDING TO SUPPORT HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS (HOPWA) ON THE COUNTY’S BEHALF AND AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR TO APPROVE LOCAL FUNDING.

Mr. Watkins read the resolution and gave an explanation to Council on the background of this resolution.

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

PROCLAMATION DESIGNATING MAY 12, 2018 AS BATTLE OF THE DRUMLINES DAY IN LEE COUNTY

Mr. Watkins said this was a request from Lee Central High School. He read the proclamation.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the proclamation designating May 12, 2018 as Battle of the Drumlines Day in Lee County. Councilperson Caughman seconded the motion.  Chairman Windham called for the vote, and motion carried.  All voted in favor.

APPOINTMENT OF TIM DUBOSE TO THE PEE DEE REGIONAL EMS BOARD

Mr. Watkins said Mr. DuBose would do a great job in this capacity.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the appointment of Tim DuBose to the Pee Dee Regional EMS Board. Councilperson Caughman 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 did not have a report.

  1. PLANNING, TAXES & PERSONNEL

Councilman Beasley did not have any meetings.

  1. BUILDINGS, LAND & PROPERTY

Vice-Chairman Eckley not here. Mr. Watkins said the Ashwood Lake project is making progress.  Councilman Beasley said that we need to talk someone about the trees growing in lake.

  1. PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilperson Caughman said that her committee met on May 1 to discuss jail contract. She said she wanted to commend all EMS personnel who responded to the incident at the prison.

  1. RECREATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Councilman Addison asked Mr. Watkins to update Council on the department. He said that work was still being done on the old Bishopville High School building.  He said that Relay for Life was being held on the football field at old BHS.  He also said that Magnolia Festival was coming up. Mr. Watkins said that baseball programs were going on.

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Mr. Watkins also said that Thaddeus Dickey had resigned to pursue other things and we wished him well.  Mr. Watkins said that the County was in the process of hiring another director.

Councilman Addison recognized Carrie Gass and she spoke of substandard housing in Lee County and said this is a real problem. She also said that Salkahatchie Week would be the last week of June.

He recognized Bettie Toney and she spoke of the post office and said she tried to get a petition going and said that people quit signing it because work had begun on the building.

Mr. Watkins said that both senators had been contacted and said that the post office should be operational October 1.

Mr. Watkins also said that the start date of the paving for Pee Dee Math and Science School would be June 11.

  1. WAYS AND MEANS

Councilman Fountain said that his committee is working on budget and the goal is to balance the budget without a tax increase.

  1. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Mr. Watkins did not have a report.

PUBLIC COMMENT      

Frank Millican had some concerns about the timing of the capital penny sales tax project and asked why it was being done in such a hurry when it wouldn’t take effect until 2021.

Mr. Watkins said that the County has accomplished most of the projects on the list from the last capital penny project. He went on to say that if the County knows what we need, this will give us an opportunity to seek additional funds to match funds.

Mr. Millican also asked why the County would want to tie up the funds for eight years. He then said the schools needs to be involved.

Councilman Beasley said that any organization can come before the commission and make a presentation.

Frances Drayton said she hopes they will come before the commission regarding the homeless shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

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ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:54 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Addison.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                 VICE-CHAIRMAN

 

 

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                 MINUTES APPROVED