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KCC to consider new cell tower amendment

Posted: August 22, 2014 2:41 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of an ordinance amending the county’s regulations on communications towers during its meeting Tuesday.

Council passed an ordinance in October 2013 governing the construction of such towers, used primarily by cell phone service providers. The new proposal would extend the length of time available to notify neighboring property owners about towers planned near their property, allowing them ample time to protest the construction with the county’s planning and zoning board. The matter was discussed under new business at council’s Aug. 12 meeting.

Council will also consider first reading of an ordinance concerning free standing signs. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said if approved the new regulations would allow for larger signs for businesses and shopping centers.

“It’s amending the existing ordinance to change the size of the surface area of a sign for a single occupant property from 32 square feet up to 40 square feet,” Carpenter said. “For multiple occupancy sites the sign could be as large as 50 square feet.”

Also on the agenda is first reading of an ordinance to “amend and restate an ordinance by Kershaw County Council determining rules and order of business,” which Carpenter said applies only to the council itself and how it conducts meetings.

Under new business is a discussion on approving tax millage for the Kershaw County School District. School officials had asked for a millage increase during the budgeting process in June, but it was denied by the council.

“They’re asking for a millage increase,” Carpenter said. “But it’s a reduction from what they originally requested.”

Also up for discussion is an ordinance that would allow the county to close or demolish dwellings that are deemed unfit and unsafe for human habitation. Carpenter said state laws already allow the practice, but the council could enact a similar county ordinance that would provide local authority to keep neighborhoods and residents safe.


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