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County council revising procurement code

Posted: July 24, 2014 4:49 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would modify the county’s procurement code that regulates purchases. Before the vote, County Attorney Ken DuBose explained a proposed amendment to the ordinance.

“It provides a more formal process to open requests for proposals. It (specifies) that they be done in public and that two people be present, that it be certified, and that … the contents of the requested proposals will not be disclosed until one is awarded,” DuBose said. “The reason for that is so they can evaluate the request and negotiate with anyone they deem appropriate. It just makes it more formal.”

Council passed the amendment unanimously and then did the same with the ordinance.

Council also unanimously passed third and final reading of an ordinance on the development of a joint industrial park with neighboring Chesterfield County. Carpenter said a Chesterfield County industry that wants to be part of the park requested a change.

“They have requested the inclusion in the industrial park. This council must approve it,” Carpenter said.

No one spoke during a public meeting ahead of the vote.

Council also passed first reading of an ordinance to modify the Kershaw County Unified Code of Zoning and Land Development Regulations.

“We’re adding an additional use to the B2 classification that would allow towing of vehicles,” Carpenter said. “B2 is a business category where you would have residential properties backing up to it. It’s been determined that conditional use allowing tow trucks in some of those areas is not going to be harmful. The planning commission has reviewed it and unanimously endorsed it.”

During public comments, county resident Sidney Butler spoke about improvements being made to Camden’s Amtrak railroad station.

“They are getting ready to remodel the station out here,” Butler said. “They’ve got the plans down at the city. That is the only place in this county that the train stops at. We pay all these taxes for everything. We get all these grants. Two years ago I was down sick and I had some family members that wanted to come here and check on me. It (the station) wasn’t fit for them to get off at.

“I told them if I ever got up again, something was going to get done. I called all the representatives and I told them, even the Public Service Commission. They told me I couldn’t do nothing. I said, ‘just watch and see.’ Now I’m seeing improvement to the property. The councils should work together, the city and the county council should work together to make sure the citizens of this county have what they need.”

County council will next meet at 5:30 p.m. August 5. All meetings are held at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., and are open to the public.


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