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County council to consider Sunday alcohol sales

Posted: March 7, 2014 12:39 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The first reading of an ordinance that would be the first step toward allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Kershaw County is on Kershaw County Council agenda for Tuesday evening.

Chairman Gene Wise introduced the matter for discussion at council’s Feb. 25 meeting and gave county staff instructions to put it in the form of an ordinance for this week’s meeting. The city of Camden and town of Elgin lifted the Sunday ban in recent years. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said business owners outside those towns say they are feeling the pinch.

“This is an issue that has been presented by businessmen in the county that feel like they’re being handicapped with businesses within the towns being able to sell and they cannot,” Carpenter said.

If the ordinance passes the required three readings to be enacted, the issue will be put on the November ballot and ultimately decided by the voters.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is retired veterinarian Dr. Ron Prestage who will address the council early in the meeting, apparently on two topics: community service and the Kershaw County Humane Society.

“He has asked to give a presentation. He’s very prominent in this community and he has asked to speak to the council,” Carpenter said.

Council will also consider third and final reading of an ordinance allowing a “fee-in-lieu of taxes” agreement with WeylChem U.S. Inc. The deal will result in the company undergoing a $10.8 million expansion that would create 49 new jobs.

In addition, council will consider second reading of an ordinance granting a 30-foot easement to two property owners. The easement would allow the property owners to cross a small piece of county-owned property to get to their own. The measure unanimously passed on first reading in February.

Under new business, council will consider a mutual aid agreement between the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and Lexington Police Department. Carpenter said the agreement is a new one, but the same as ones the KCSO already has with other law enforcement agencies in the state. Such agreements allow agencies to pool or share resources.

“It’s adding to the other ones he has,” Carpenter said of Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “It’s standard practice. It allows resources to go both ways.”

Matthews said combining or sharing manpower is beneficial to all agencies involved.

“We have this with a number of law enforcement agencies throughout the Midlands, he said. “If there’s a crisis or we need an undercover officer, they can come here and work. If an agency contacts us and want to be involved with us, we never turn anyone down. My narcotics guys will routinely help out in other areas and we have some come here and do the same.”

Council will also discuss a proposal to combine the Applied Technology Education Campus and Central Carolina Technical College at a single location. Members of both organizations proposed the idea March 4 during a joint meeting of council and the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. Carpenter said Tuesday’s discussion would recap that meeting and get clarity for the ongoing process.

Tuesday's meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St. in Camden, and is open to the public.

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