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Council to look at fee, building agreements

Posted: February 12, 2018 4:56 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will review, discuss and possibly act on at least two formal agreements during its meeting tonight at the government center.

Council will consider a resolution identifying and inducing a proposed investment by Canfor Southern Pine, Inc.

 Specifically, the resolution allows the county administrator, attorney and economic development director to move forward with a five year fee in lieu of taxes (FILOT) agreement with Canfor. The company agrees to a minimum investment of $35 million over five years with an assessment ratio of 6 percent and a fixed millage rate of 324.4 mills over 30 years.

Council passed first reading, by title only, of the FILOT during its Jan. 23 meeting. At that time, Canfor was referred to only as “Project Saw.”

Council will also consider first reading of an ordinance to execute an intergovernmental agreement between the county and Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). Specifically, the agreement calls for Kershaw County to be responsible for providing insurance on the buildings and any contents owned by the county; providing maintenance for parking lots, sidewalks, landscaping and roads; and providing operation and mainentenance and repairs associated with the county’s economic development office.

The agreement calls for CCTC to provide educational programs in the buildings, provide janitorial service for all buildings, provide and pay all operating costs, including utilities, supplies and personnel for CCTC’s programs, provide normal maintenance and repair on the new building except for the county’s portion, provide all repauirs and maintenance for the 2009 building, and maintenance and insurance on all CCTC furniture, fixtures, equipment, and signage.

Council will consider second reading of an ordinance amending the county comprehensive plan, as well as first reading of a rezoning request for 93.6 acres owned by Mitch McGuirt from RD-1 (Rural Resource District) to R-15 (residential). The property, located on Friends Neck Road in Lugoff, is bordered by Lachicotte Road, the Pecan Orchard subdivision and the rest area on I-20 westbound.

Council will consider a proposal to close Rainey Meadow Drive, a road located in the Timrod Community of Kershaw County. The landowners along the road, who are all members of the same family, are requesting that the county abandon the road and allow them to put up a gate to deter trespassers, as the road is in bad condition, nearly impossible to travel and washed out on one end.

Council will also hae a discussion regarding the Clean Community Commission, as well as a discussion regarding extension of the audit contract with Sheheen Hancock and Godwin.

Council will hear presentations from Derial Ogburn regarding the Health Services District and from John Henderson of the S.C. Association of Counties, regarding a safety achievement award.

Kershaw County Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Meetings are open to the public.

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