Kershaw County Council will consider a pair of resolutions during its meeting tonight recognizing the Lugoff Swiftwater Rescue Team (LSRT) and Kershaw County first responders for their actions during October's historic flood event.
A detour around a structurally damaged bridge on Pine Grove Road in Lugoff will remain in place until Spring 2016, according to a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) engineer. SCDOT District One Engineering Administrator Bryan L. Jones said the hope is for the bridge to be replaced by the end of May 2016.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations in South Carolina as a result of the excessive rain and flooding took place in October.
Kershaw County government officials recently forwarded information from the S.C. State Housing Finance & Development Authority (SC Housing) on programs it has available which may be helpful to homeowners and those left unemployed or with a reduction in income due to October's historic flooding.
Bonds worth up to $17.2 million will be issued in December to help fund a series of upgrades to Kershaw County's three main industrial parks. Work at Governor's Hill, Heritage Point and Steeplechase industrial will likely begin in early 2016. The county will start paying for the bonds -- $390,000 annual payments from $4 million in reserve funds -- in either 2017 or 2018.
Kershaw County Council will hold a public hearing during its meeting tonight to receive comments from the public on a potential $17.2 million bond issue to fund upgrades at the county's industrial parks. The hearing is listed early on tonight's agenda. Third reading of an ordinance to authorize the issuance of the bonds is also up for consideration. Council passed second reading of the ordinance two weeks ago on a split, 4-2 vote with one councilman absent.
The Kershaw County Legislative Delegation, including state senators Vincent Sheheen and Thomas McElveen and State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, will host a community meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters on Hwy. 1 in Lugoff to update those impacted by the recent flood.
The Kershaw County Legislative Delegation, including state senators Vincent Sheheen and Thomas McElveen and State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, will host a community meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Lugoff Fire-Rescue headquarters on Hwy. 1 in Lugoff to update those impacted by the recent flood.
Things were confused and tense during parts of Kershaw County Council's Oct. 13 meeting. The culprits: property owner zoning change requests and a potential $17 million general obligation bond for infrastructure improvements at the county's industrial parks. In each case, council considered second readings of ordinances which must pass three readings to be enacted.
Four dams in Kershaw County are on a S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) emergency orders list. According to DHEC's website, the orders are part of the agency's "proactive assessment process" looking at what are known as "Class One" and "Class Two" dams across the state. DHEC emphasized even with emergency orders, there are no immediate threats to public safety.
The town of Bethune is expected to have a new programmable message sign in place and operating by the end of the month, according to Councilman Don Witham. Witham reported the progress at council's monthly meeting Oct. 8. He also said council is working on a policy of what can be announced on the sign, which will be controlled from Bethune Town Hall.
October 16, 2015|
Gary Phillips, editor
The Country Chronicle (Blythewood, S.C.)
Individual families across Kershaw County suffered nearly $690,000 worth of damage, according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter. With Kershaw County's addition to a U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance list, homeowners should receive at least some compensation for their losses.