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USC-Lancaster dean to address KCC

Posted: February 7, 2014 5:13 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Walt Collins, dean of the University of South Carolina-Lancaster, will make a presentation to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday night. Collins has appeared before other county councils in the region to explain the benefits of having the university accessible to residents of Lancaster, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Chester and York counties.

Council will also receive an update report from the S.C. Central Alliance.

“We’re a member of the alliance,” Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter explained. “It’s about 10 counties and most of our surrounding counties are members. They’re just going to give an update on the services they provide.”

Tuesday evening’s agenda also includes a resolution honoring Coach Ted Monroe, longtime wrestling coach at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. Another resolution regarding the county administrator’s salary will also be considered.

“It’s a year-end thing and they would have it in December, but Chairman (Gene) Wise had to miss some of those meetings, so it was put off,” Carpenter said.

Two ordinances that would change zoning on rural property from RD-2 to R-15 will be considered for their third and final readings. The changes will allow the properties to be subdivided into smaller lots for the construction of single-family homes. The ordinances passed their first two readings by unanimous votes.

Another ordinance regarding a fee-in-lieu of taxes (FILOT) agreement will be considered for second reading. The ordinance is an agreement with “Project Chem.” Carpenter said the FILOT agreement will help “Project Chem” grow, creating jobs.

“That is basically a fee-in-lieu agreement, expanding an existing business,” Carpenter said. “We’ll give them a flat fee instead of a tax bill.”

The final agenda item for Tuesday’s meeting is a council discussion on goals and objectives.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., and is open to the public.

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