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Hearings, final readings on industry deals, county budget

Posted: June 14, 2016 9:16 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will hold three public hearings and take up third and final readings on three ordinances dealing with two industry deals and the county’s proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

The public hearings will be held at the beginning of this afternoon’s meeting; the final readings of the associated ordinances will take place shortly afterward.

The first public hearing and ordinance concern a fee in lieu of taxes, or FILOT, agreement between the county and TEP Real Estate LLC, representing Protective Packaging of Lugoff. ProPack, as council has sometimes referred to the company, is agreeing to invest $2.5 million into a two-year expansion. In exchange, the county is offering a FILOT assessment ratio of 6 percent with a fixed millage rate for 20 years.

The second public hearing and ordinance deal with granting an option to Ernest Health to purchase 8.63 acres at Wateree Executive Park, the same business park where KershawHealth operates its outpatient/urgent center near Elgin I-20 Exit 87. Ernest Health manages a number a number of rehabilitation and/or long-term acute hospitals for patients recovering from illness- or injury-related disabilities. If Ernest Health exercises its option to purchase the site, it plans to invest $17.7 million and create 113 new jobs within its first five years of operation.

The third public hearing and ordinance are about the county’s proposed FY 2017 budget. Second reading of the budget passed unanimously May 24, but only after several split votes on a number of amendments providing for the paving of a private entrance behind the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office; correcting a drainage issue in Lugoff’s Pecan Orchard community; build new EMS facilities and purchase an ambulance; purchase several other county fleet replacement vehicles; and funding a new 12-hour crew for a proposed Bethune EMS station.

The only other business planned for this afternoon are a proposed resolution recognizing Linda Franklin-Moore and consideration of approving the purchase of lighting equipment from Musco Lighting for the Larry Doby soccer fields.

Today’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers of the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St. in Camden, and is open to the public.

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