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KCC re-boots Clean Community Commission

Posted: April 16, 2018 5:21 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council gave the green light for a new, refurbished Clean Community Commission to get back to work during its April 10 meeting.

Council passed third and final reading of an ordinance re-establishing the commission, which council members and county residents remembered as being one of the county’s most visible of the volunteer citizen commissions. The commission, which was launched in the 1980s, accomplished a number of goals and objectives for improving public lands and properties across the county, including organizing Adopt A Highway groups, sprucing up old cemeteries, including Quaker and Cedars cemeteries and establishing and building a pocket park honoring Boylan Haven Mather Academy; the park utilized the school’s entrance gates.

In recent years, however, it became inactive.

The re-established commission will continue that mission of working with public property only. The proposal calls for the commission to have one representative appointed from each council district as well representatives from the three municipalities in the county.

While a few citizens, including Tom Webb and Jim Steele, voiced concerns during public comment period about the possibility of such a commission possibly overstepping intended functions and guidelines in the future, several council members, including Ben Connell and Jimmy Jones, pointed out the commission has no enforcement or regulatory function at all and will only be focused on county owned or publicly owned property.

In other business, council approved a lease agreement for $266,692, between the county and First Citizens Bank for a dump truck and front end knuckle loader for the public works department. The agreement will be for four years at 2.92 percent interest. First Citizens was the low bidder of three.

In addition, council awarded a bid to J.F. Contractors LLC, a Sumter based firm, in the amount of $97,863 for drainage work to be done in the Pecan Orchard subdivision, located in the West Wateree area. J.F. Contractors was the low bid of eight.

During council reports, Councilman Jimmy Jones reported that he plans to bring a proposal before council to help improve transparency and public engagement by allowing for an extra public comment period toward the end of council meetings, during which citizens may comment on issues council has discussed during that meeting.

“It won’t be a question and answer session, but it would give people an opportunity to comment on issues they have just listened to us discuss,” he said.

Jones said he tentatively plans to bring his proposal before council for a vote during the April 24 meeting.

Council also passed a fair housing resolution as well as a resolution supporting Kershaw County as an All-America City finalist.

Council also passed a proclamation honoring actor and Kershaw County native Samuel E. Wright, designating April 21, 2018 at Samuel E. Wright Day in Kershaw County. Wright, an acclaimed stage, movie and television actor, is known for a number of iconic roles, including as the voice of Sebastian the Crab in Disney’s 1989 movie, The Little Mermaid.

Council also passed a proclamation designating April 8-14, 2018 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Kershaw County.

Kershaw County Council next meets Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers in the County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Meetings are open to the public.

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