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Three public hearings on Kershaw County Council agenda

Posted: May 11, 2014 6:10 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will hold three public hearings during its meeting Tuesday, covering subjects previously voted on and approved by council.

The first hearing regards a proposal to amend the county’s zoning and land development regulations on non-conforming
uses, buildings and structures. It would allow existing non-conforming structures, built before regulations were enacted, to expand by as much as 10 percent and still keep the non-conforming status. The ordinance is set for third and final reading later in the meeting.

The second public hearing also deals with an amendment to the zoning and land development regulations, but to detail
a definition of industrial parks and to allow such parks to have larger signage. The ordinance is also on the agenda for third reading.

The final public hearing is on an installment purchase transaction that would allow the county to borrow up to $8.5 million for improvements to the county detention center, recreational facilities, Central Carolina Technical College and
for “other authorized purposes.” Council’s discussed the matter during its April 22 meeting and unanimously passed first reading. Second reading is scheduled for Tuesday.

Both the Kershaw County Humane Society and Kershaw County School District will make presentations. Each provides quarterly updates to council as a routine matter.

Council will take up third and final reading of an ordinance changing the zoning designation for a particular property
from RD-2 (residential) to I-1 (industrial). Council passed the ordinance unanimously without discussion on its first two readings.

Council will also consider first reading of an ordinance approving the county’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Council can amend the budget up until third reading. Council will also take up first reading of an ordinance concerning sewage treatment. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the ordinance is a formality that will allow the county to charge a fee to accept waste pumped out of septic tanks.

“We tend to interpret state law cautiously. You must have an ordinance to asses a new fee. We’re implementing the fee to go along with the facility that’s been built at the county sewage plant,” Carpenter said. “When septic tanks are pumped into a truck, that material has to go somewhere.”

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


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