LEE COUNTY COUNCIL

CALLED MEETING

OCTOBER 17, 2017

FAMILY COURT ROOM

Members present were Travis Windham, Chairman; Gordon Eckley, Vice-Chairman; Jackie Josey, member; Ron Fountain, member; Charles A. Beasley, member; David Addison, member. Staff present were Alan Watkins, Administrator; Julie Stokes, Assistant Administrator/Clerk to Council.

OPEN MEETING, INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 Chairman Windham called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Vice-Chairman Eckley gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

REQUEST FOR MOTION ON ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED AGENDA

 Chairman Windham said the agenda needed to be amended. Mr. Watkins said that Item 3B should be added to include first reading of the Allocation of Fee In Lieu Tax Collection for some property located in the county.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve the agenda with the revision. 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

 CONSTRUCTION OF HANGER AT THE LEE COUNTY AIRPORT

Mr. Watkins said this matter has been discussed previously in the Buildings, Land and Property Committee. He said the County currently has nine hangers.  Mr. Watkins said this would the county’s tenth hanger on site.  He said that Don Brown is the person wanting to construct the hanger.  He said he owns a twin engine plane that will not fit into the existing hanger.  Mr. Watkins said he wants to build a 50×50 hanger.  He said the county will not charge him rent for 20 years, and after that time, the county would own it.

Councilperson Josey asked in the event that airports folds, where does the county stand. Mr. Watkins said that Don Brown is leasing space from us.  He said that he would have to research to determine what the county’s position would be if the airports folds its operation.

Councilman Addison asked if there is a contract between Lee County and Don Brown. Mr. Watkins said that we are in the process of preparing a contract now.

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

Page 2, Lee County Council Minutes, October 17, 2017

  1. ALLOCATION OF FILO TAX COLLECTION FOR SOME PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY

Mr. Watkins said the County was trying to establish a stream of revenue of our two parks. He said that the county had discussed the possibility of if the county had new FILOs, then they would take 20% and put it aside to go towards economic development.  He said, for example, South Atlantic Canners and Crowne Industries are two new FILOs.  He said this would allow the county to take 20% and restrict those funds for economic development.  He said the total FILO for the SAC expansion is $104,000.  He said that 20% of that would be 20,000 that could be set aside for economic development.

Councilman Beasley made the motion to approve for first reading. 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 SECOND READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. AMENDMENT TO THE EXISTING MULTI-COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK AGREEMENT BETWEEN LEE COUNTY AND DARLINGTON COUNTY

Mr. Watkins said that the state put in place that counties partner together and the industry could get an incentive to locate there. He said that Lee County gets 1% of the FILO with Darlington County.

Councilperson Josey made the motion to approve for second reading approval. 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 THIRD READING APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE

  1. APPROVAL OF PROPOSED ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LEE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE, ARTICLE VI, DISTRICT DESCRIPTION, SECTION 6-16 TABLE OF PERMITTED USES, SECTION 4-2-2 “DEER PROCESSING FACILITY,” AS A NEW USE AND PERMITTED USE IN THE RURAL DISTRICT (RU) AS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION “E” AND AMEND ARTICLE 7 SUPPLEMENTARY DISTRICT REGULATION BY ADDING A NEW SECTION “SECTION 7-36 DEER PROCESSING FACILITY” WITH ITS GUIDELINES

Mr. Watkins said that a person would have to meet the qualifications and appear before the Board of Zoning Appeals. He said this facility would be located on Back Swamp Road.  He also said that it would be regulated by DHEC and was a seasonal facility.

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

  1. APPROVAL OF CONTRACT FOR SUMTER/LEE DETENTION CENTER

Mr. Watkins said this does not change the contract itself and does not anticipate an increase in the budget. He said this contract can be terminated in 90 days and the budgets would remain separate.

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

  1. PURCHASE OF EXCAVATOR AND BACKHOE FOR PUBLIC WORKS

Mr. Watkins said this had been discussed previously in committee and the decision had been made to purchase this equipment. He said the excavator was needed to clear ditches.  He also said the county was also trading in the backhoe for this new one.  Mr. Watkins said the total cost for these purchases was $166,583.  He said the County would pay 50-75% of the cost upfront and finance the remaining balance over a three year period.  He said these funds would come from the road maintenance fees.

Page 3, Lee County Council Minutes, October 17, 2017

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION

  1. COUNCIL WILL ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION ON AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MATTER REGARDING PROJECT SUNSHINE

Council entered Executive Session at 9:53 a.m. on a motion made by Vice-Chairman Eckley, seconded by Councilperson Josey.

Council came out of Executive Session at 10:17 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Fountain.

No votes were taken.

ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 10:18 a.m. on a motion made by Councilman Beasley, seconded by Councilman Fountain.

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CHAIRMAN                                                                       VICE-CHAIRMAN

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CLERK TO COUNCIL                                                         MINUTES APPROVED