Members of Kershaw County Council put in extra hours last week during a council retreat Friday and Saturday in an attempt to establish policy goals for the upcoming year. The councilmen hashed out county priorities at Old Armory Steakhouse Friday, and then held a day-long session at the Shaw Recreation Area on Lake Wateree Saturday.
About fifteen people gathered in the Kershaw County Government Center in Camden Thursday to hear an overview of and provide feedback on the county's recreational offerings. Thursday's was the first of seven public forums to be held across the county.
Legislation introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives could change the way Cassatt Water Company handles its finances. If passed, the company would be converted from a private, non-profit entity to a public utility, allowing the company to cut costs and more efficiently initiate $16 million worth of capital improvements.
In its fourth decade, the Santee Wateree Rural Transit Authority (SWRTA) continues to provide services to Kershaw County. However, changes to the agency's funding may cause the SWRTA to cut some of those services, according to Executive Director Ann August.
Kershaw County Councilman Stephen Smoak reached out to the city of Camden during county council's meeting Tuesday, trying to gauge the city's support for a joint venture with the county to replace Rhame Arena.
S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Sgt. Tom Borowski informed Kershaw County Council at its meeting Tuesday that the number of fatal crashes in the county has dropped since the creation of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit. Borowski, commander of the SCHP unit patrolling Kershaw and Lee counties, also said the county continues to make progress in its effort to crack down on the number of traffic collisions and DUI fatalities.
A Florence-based technology company approached Kershaw County Council with a unique business opportunity at its work session Thursday. Ronnie Wyche, vice president of sales of GlobalCo Central, outlined a countywide fiber optic broadband project being developed by the company.
"I somewhat expected a lull at the end of the year, but that hasn't been the case," said Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean, referring to the level of business activity experienced toward the end of 2011.
A proposed Southern Campaign of the Revolution National Heritage Area (NHA) did not meet National Park Service (NPS) criteria necessary to receive the designation, according to a draft of a suitability/feasibility study published in November. Public meetings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert Mills Courthouse on South Broad Street to discuss the draft study.
Kershaw County Council finalized approximately $60 million worth of investment deals at its meeting Tuesday after completing fee-in-lieu-of-taxes (FILOT) agreements with Southeast Renewable Energy (SRE) and INVISTA.
A service fee proposal by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) has garnered both praise and criticism from county council members looking to define the scope of such fees for the use of off-duty deputies. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the primary purpose of the proposed fee is to entice off-duty sheriff's deputies to work events like funerals, school functions and community gatherings.
Smiles and handshakes filled the Kershaw County Council chamber Tuesday night after council approved the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) budget by a 5-2 vote. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the KCSD requested a budget increase of $397,000, to be used for pay increases for teachers and other staff.