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KCC meets Tuesday

Posted: April 4, 2014 2:38 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County voters will be given the choice of whether or not to be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays if Kershaw County Council passes third reading of an ordinance that would place the question on the ballot in November’s general election. Businesses in Camden and Elgin are already permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays. The ordinance is on the agenda for council’s Tuesday meeting.

Council Chairman Gene Wise first proposed the ordinance, saying business owners in the county, but outside Camden and Elgin, feel there is unfair competition by not being permitted Sunday sales. The ordinance passed its first two readings unanimously and with little discussion by council. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said if the question makes it to the November ballot it would have two parts. The first would allow Sunday alcohol sales by stores; the second would permit “by the drink” sales intended to be consumed on premises at restaurants or bars.

Tuesday’s agenda also lists consideration of second readings of three ordinances pertaining to zoning regulations. The first would change the zoning designation of a particular parcel of land from RD-2 residential to I-1 industrial. County Planner Carolyn Hammond told council at its March 25 meeting that the change would make the property more compatible with its surrounding area. The second ordinance would amend the county’s zoning code to provide a definition of an industrial park and the third ordinance would allow nonconforming structures built before codes were enacted to expand by as much as 10 percent and still keep the nonconforming designation.

Council will also consider second reading of an ordinance that would approve development of a “Joint County Industrial and Business Park” which would be in cooperation with neighboring Chesterfield County.

Under new business, the agenda lists proclamations declaring April to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month and another regarding National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. A resolution regarding equipment leased by the county is set to be discussed, as will the possible granting of an extension for a Kershaw County Airport Standard Operator License. The second matter pertains to Aircraft Maintenance Services. Owner Frank Shumpert told council March 25 he would like to build a new hangar at the airport that would provide space to expand his business. Shumpert originally had a 15-year lease with the county, which owns the airport. That agreement ended in January and a new, 90-day lease drawn up. Carpenter said Shumpert has asked for the lease be extended 90 days at a time until the financing and plans for the new hangar are finalized, and then he and the county will sign another long-term agreement.

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