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County Council to consider property purchase agreement

Posted: November 13, 2017 5:05 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will take a look at an agreement to buy some 35 acres in Lugoff during its regular meeting tonight at the County Government Center.

The agreement calls for the county to buy some 35 acres located along the Wateree River. The property is just over the Wateree River Bridge and across U.S. 1 from the public boat landing, which the county also owns.

The purchase price is $425,000 and the expenditure was approved in the fiscal year 2018 budget. The purchase will be paid for with state accommodations tax funds, which can only be used for purchases that relate to tourism promotion.

Council will also discuss a request for information from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office regarding the AG’s opinion on the city of Camden’s water service. Specifically, the question is whether it is legal for the city of Camden to require potential water service customers located outside the city limits, via contractual agreement, to petition for annexation into the city limits when that customer’s property becomes contiguous to the city limits.

According to a memorandum from County Attorney Ken Dubose, South Carolina state law does provide that a municipality can deliver services such as water and sewer to areas outside its corporate limits via contract and that South Carolina courts have reviewed and upheld such stipulations on multiple occasions.

Council will also consider approval of a proclamation recognizing Nov. 11-19 as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Kershaw County.

Kershaw County Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers in the County Government Center, 515 Walnut St. Camden.

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