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LFD gives KCC good news

Posted: May 17, 2013 9:02 a.m.
Updated: May 17, 2013 9:02 a.m.

Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) Chief Dennis Ray had some good news for Kershaw County Council Tuesday: there would be no tax increase of the Lugoff Fire District. Ray said that after completing its Fiscal Year 2014 budget, a tax increase was not necessary.

Ray also reported that the LFD will be able to: add one paid firefighter position, increase the number of part-time firefighters who work on weekdays, replace a 26-year-old pumper, add a service truck and add two other new vehicles.

According to Ray, recruitment has gone very well in terms of volunteer firefighters. He also said that uniforms are now included in this year’s budget, and that the LFD received a very good audit this year. The LFD receives 100 percent of its operating budget in its savings and CDs.

One of the only things Ray said he wishes the LFD could do is increase the overall number of firefighters on the force.

Tuesday’s meeting also included council setting the timetable for appointments to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The application deadline is 5 p.m. August 26 and applications must be turned into Clerk of Court Merri Seigler. Council will hold interviews for the available positions September 3. Council discussed the interview process, with Council Chairman Gene Wise assuring that all applicants for the positions will be reviewed.

"How many candidates will we interview?" Councilman Willie Mickle asked.

Councilman Stephen Smoak said that would depend on how many people apply.

"If there’s 50, we have to interview 50?" Mickle asked.

"We give everyone a chance to come and talk and explain their interest in the position," Wise said.

Council also voted on first reading in title only of the county’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which begins July 1. Second reading of the budget will take place at council’s next meeting where the full budget will be presented. The final budget reading will take place at council’s first meeting in June.

First reading does not include cuts made to local county governments by the state. The local government funding cuts total around $20 million statewide.

In other business, Tom Stabler of the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department gave a public presentation and encouraged members of council to visit the department’s local location at 15 Battleship Road in Camden. Council also passed a resolution recognizing Free Clinic Awareness Day as May 22, 2013.

Other items on the agenda included:

• third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the county’s zoning map designation for Tax Parcel #307-00-00-022 for Claude Campbell from RD-2 to R-15 and the designation for Tax Parcel #307-00-078 for Claude Campbell from MRD-1 and RD-2 to R-15;

• third and final reading of an ordinance amending the unified code of zoning and land development regulations;

• first reading of an ordinance to amend the county’s official zoning map designation for Tax Parcel #307-00-00-007 for Jacquelyn Joyner Pittman from RD-2 to R-15; and

• a resolution declaring the intention of Kershaw County to reimburse itself for certain expenditures with the proceeds of debt to be incurred by Kershaw County.

Council passed all the ordinances and resolutions unanimously.

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