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KCC approves continuous multi-jurisdictional agreements

Posted: February 16, 2012 4:43 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council unanimously approved a new method for renewing multi-jurisdictional agreements for the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) during Tuesday’s meeting. The change will allow the county to automatically renew any multi-jurisdictional agreement signed between the county and another governmental entity.

County Administrator Vic Carpenter said such agreements are entered into routinely, but in the past had to be renewed on an annual basis.

“This changes the wording so that the agreement will automatically renew and will take an action not to renew,” Carpenter said. “If it’s the sheriff’s desire that an agreement stay in effect, this will keep us from having to work each year on the agreement.”

KCSO Chief Deputy Marvin Brown noted that the agreements are often used for undercover officers working within the narcotics division.

“What these will do is the other counties can come in and work with us and they’ll basically be covered. It’s the same way with us going to their county and working with them,” Brown said.

Council also unanimously approved a multi-jurisdictional mutual aid agreement with the Sumter Police Department.

Also Tuesday, the county received a $139,485 award in federal enhancement transportation funds from the S.C. Department of Transportation for a streetscape and sidewalk project on Wateree Boulevard.

Carpenter said the venture was started several years ago and will involve lighting and landscaping the area.

“I’d like to say that even though this is in the county, the city (of Camden) has been very supportive in working with us as well. Liz Gilland, the city’s arborist, has been involved with the trees there so we’re using her knowledge and her expertise.”   

Gilland said Wednesday that the project will provide a “wonderful opportunity to enhance the street” and will likely help to make traffic flow more easily.

Other items council unanimously approved included:

• an inducement resolution providing for a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between the county and Southeast Renewable Energy, a company constructing a biomass facility in Cassatt;

• second reading of an ordinance rezoning property on Smyrna Road in Elgin from a residential designation to a rural commercial designation; and

• the appointment of Steve Martin to the Kershaw County Assessment Appeals Board.

Other items discussed by council at the meeting included:

• A presentation by Charles Baxley, chairman of the Battle of Camden Advisory Committee, who provided an update of the organization’s efforts to promote historic sites in the county. Baxley said two studies were being conducted by the National Parks Service (NPS). The first involves the formation of a new national park made up of Historic Camden and the Battle of Camden site. Baxley said a free, public tour of the Battle of Camden will be offered at 3 p.m. March 11. The second NPS study involves the proposal of a National Heritage Area related to the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.

• An announcement by Carpenter that county employees took part in a successful United Way contribution campaign. He said the county received the silver award from the non-profit organization for its efforts.

• Completion of construction on the county’s Wateree River boat ramp on U.S. 1.

• A request by Councilman Bobby Gary for staff to research the possibility of hiring a grant writer for the county.

• The county’s remaining recreational forum meetings, which will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pisgah Elementary School in Kershaw and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kershaw County Government Center in Camden.

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