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Firearms ordinance temporarily shelved

Posted: July 3, 2014 2:31 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

An ordinance restricting the use of firearms in Kershaw County has been dropped from Tuesday’s Kershaw County Council agenda.

Councilman Jimmy Jones requested the ordinance after hearing from several concerned citizens about gunshots near their homes. He then heard from other citizens who had questions about the ordinance and its meaning after council passed first reading at its June 24 meeting. Jones said Wednesday he still thinks an enforceable ordinance is needed, but the one that has been presented needs to be reworded to make it more clear.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a public hearing on the distribution of “payments of fees in lieu of taxes” received by the county. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the matter is a routine, yearly action. The collected fees are used to promote economic development, Carpenter said, and any unused funds are divided among the other various county departments. Third reading of the ordinance is also on the agenda.

Third readings are also listed for four matters concerning planning and zoning. The first would allow “bed and breakfast” establishments to hold special events such as weddings. The second would change the zoning of a property called Sentel Wood from R-15 to RD-2. The third ordinance would amend planning and zoning regulations regarding the county site plan map. The fourth ordinance would amend sketch plan reviews of the planning and zoning regulations.

Four other planning and zoning ordinances will undergo second reading after being tabled at the June 24 meeting. The first would amend regulations for large-acreage subdivisions. The second concerns the approval process for “Major Group Developments.” The third would amend the Planned Development Site Plan and the fourth ordinance would require registration for temporary signs.

The final ordinance on the agenda is first reading of a regulation amending and restating the county’s procurement code.

Under new business is a resolution declaring the intention of the county to reimburse itself “for certain expenditures with the proceeds of debt to be incurred” by the county. This relates to the $8.5 million council recently approved for capital projects including improvements to the county detention center, recreation facilities and Central Carolina Technical College. The final item on the agenda is a discussion on a newly-formed public facilities corporation that will manage the $8.5 million bond.

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