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Council passes first reading of sewer bond

Posted: November 15, 2018 5:58 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council passed first reading of an ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds, not to exceed $6.5 million, during its meeting Tuesday night at the Kershaw County Government Center.

The funds generated from the bonds will go toward infrastructure improvement projects in the county’s sewer system.

Specifically, three pump stations in the Elgin area need work. Elgin 1, 2 and 3 all are reaching maximum capacity; Elgin 1 and 2 need to be replaced completely, according to County Administrator Vic Carpenter. In addition, Elgin 1 will be equipped with a new odor control system similar to what is in place in the other two pump stations. Finally, all of the stations need increased capacity to help handle growth in that part of the county.

The total cost for these upgrades is estimated at a little more than $6.1 million, Carpenter said.

The revenue generated from the bonds to be issued will be used to pay for these upgrades, the debt service will be paid from Fee-In-Lieu-of-Tax funds, which means there will be no impact on the county’s millage in any way, nor will there be any fee increases associated with this, Carpenter said.

Rates, amortization structures and other such specific information regarding the bonds will be presented during second reading of the ordinance, which is expected to be on the Nov. 27 regular council meeting agenda.

Council unanimously passed first reading of the bond ordinance.

Other business discussed:

• Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of the amended and restated intergovernmental agreement for use and maintenance of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) facilities. This amended agreement allows CCTC to sublease space formerly occupied by the Kershaw County Economic Development Office to the Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce.

• Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance re-designating the ALPHA Center Behavioral Health Center as Kershaw County’s designated alcohol and drug abuse counseling and therapy agency.  Councilman Jimmy Jones recused himself from the vote due to the fact that his wife is the current assistant director of the ALPHA Center.

• Council passed a resolution requesting that the S.C. Dept. of Transportation post a “No Through Trucks” sign or signs on Baldwin Avenue in Lugoff.

Kershaw County Council meets next at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Meetings are open to the public.

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