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KCC gives final approval for rezoning

Posted: August 23, 2018 5:13 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council gave the nod to third and final reading of a request to rezone 10 acres on Wateree Dam Road near Longtown Road in Lugoff during its Aug. 14 meeting.

The property is part of a 26-acre parcel currently zoned MRD-1 (Conservation Resource District). The request was to rezone a 10-acre portion of that parcel, bordered by Longtown Road and Wateree Dam Road, to GD (General Development) to allow for a Dollar General store to be built on that site.

Throughout the process, support and opposition for the rezoning has been fairly evenly split. Proponents have noted that a Dollar General would be an important convenience and a positive addition to the area. Those in opposition have stated concerns about potential traffic, noise and safety issues as well as concern regarding the change from a rural atmosphere to one of potential commercial development.

The developer has stated that Dollar General does have strict deed restrictions it places on property it buys and leases and will not allow certain types of businesses and uses on adjacent parcels it owns or leases.

Council voted 5-1 in favor of approval, with Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilmen Dennis Arledge, Ben Connell, Tom Gardner, Jimmy Jones and Sammie Tucker Jr. voting in favor of the rezoning and Councilman Al Bozard, who has consistently opposed the rezoning throughout the process, casting the lone vote against it.

Other business discussed:

• Council will soon start live streaming its meetings in real time. During its July 24 meeting, Councilman Tom Gardner made a motion, which was unanimously approved, to have County Administrator Vic Carpenter research and prepare a report regarding the pros, cons, costs, etc., of having the county do its own live streaming. Carpenter reported during the Aug. 14 meeting that the county’s IT department can do this at a minimum cost in time and money, and can probably start within the next 90 days.

Council voted unanimously to move forward with the live streaming project.

“I think we should do everything we can to make our meetings as accessible as possible and have an additional source of accurate information out there,” Gardner said. “A lot of people get information second hand, or get bad information. With this available, there should be no reason why anyone cannot see and hear for themselves what we are really doing.”
Jones agreed, thanking Gardner for taking the initiative on this issue.

• Council heard a report regarding the county Recreation Master Plan.

• Council awarded a bid in the amount of $157,806 to Carolina Tap & Bore, Inc., a West Columbia-based firm, for a 1,000 linear foot extension of an existing water line at Heritage Point Industrial Park in Lugoff. Carolina Tap & Bore was the lowest of six bids received.

• Council heard a presentation by Sheriff Jim Matthews regarding a request to purchase an additional three patrol vehicles. According to Matthews, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office now has some 39 vehicles that will have more than 100,000 miles on them by the end of the year. In addition, at least three cars in the last two months have experienced catastrophic engine damage and cannot be repaired; they must be replaced.

Matthews said he is recommending the county buy three police interceptor Ford Explorers, which are more durable and more appropriate for much of the rough, rural and off-road usage KCSO patrol cars experience. Council received the information but did not vote on the matter.

• Council passed second reading of an ordinance that will update the county flood prevention plan.

• Council heard an update on a recent COPS grant.

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

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