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Kershaw County Council to discuss FILOT, project funding

Posted: November 21, 2016 5:45 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a fee in lieu of taxes agreement, approving the financing of sewer system improvements and amending an ordinance related to the jointly owned and operated industrial/business park developed in conjunction with Sumter County, among other business. 

Council will hold first reading of an ordinance authoring the execution and delivery of a fee agreement by and between KC and Project Local (pseudonym of an industry coming to the county), its affiliates and assigns to provide for a fee in lieu of ad valorem taxes incentive. According to County Administrator Vic Carpenter, the ordinance is by Title Only, which allows council to start the process of getting ready for the industry as more of the details emerge. According to Carpenter, on second reading they will have more details, and by third reading they will reveal Project Local by its real name. 

Also on the agenda: first reading of an ordinance that allows the county to borrow money necessary to do work at the wastewater treatment plant. According to Carpenter, payments will be made out of the county’s existing revenue stream. No more than $700,000 will be borrowed. 

Council will hold first reading of an ordinance relating to the jointly owned and operated industrial/business park developed in conjunction with Sumter County Industrial and Business Park. According to Carpenter, it is the necessary legal paperwork to finalize the expansion announcement made earlier in the year by Suominem (Bethune Nonwovens) in Bethune. Council will also hold second reading of an ordinance to sell 14 acres in Heritage Pointe Industrial Park to Project Local for $214,000.

There will be a public hearing regarding a proposed ordinance prohibiting smoking and the use of other tobacco products on county property. 

Council will also consider passage of a proclamation honoring Mara Horton Jones, deputy director of the Alpha Behavioral Center.  

Council will also discuss a bid for Wastewater Treatment Plant Chlorine Improvements to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant by installing two 180 gallon per minute submersible pumps at the chlorine contact chamber, and constructing a lab/operations building. The budget for the project is $738,940. 

Council will also consider scheduling county council meetings at a later time than the current time of 5:30 p.m. This is in response to concerns raised by residents who say the current meeting time of 5:30 p.m. does not allow them to come to the meetings because they sometimes do not get off work until 5:30 p.m. 

Council will also hold a discussion and vote pertaining to the meeting of KCC scheduled for Tuesday, December 27. Council will also discuss county holiday operating schedules as well as consider a request to purchase two pumper trucks for fire services. 

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