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Council approves bond, bid and patrol car purchase
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Kershaw County Council approved bids and purchases, discussed rezoning requests and welcomed two new members to council during its meeting Tuesday as Al Bozard and Ben Connell took their seats for their first meeting of council. 

Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office patrol car to replace a car struck head-on in an accident involving several other vehicles last year. According to KCSO and county officials, the car was declared a total loss and KCSO received insurance money to replace the car; however, there is some added expense to equip the vehicle. KCSO received $30,000 from the insurance company. The replacement cost of a new patrol car with requested options is $24,490, which is the state bid cost. The equipment needed to place this vehicle on the road adds an additional $7,816.37 for a grand total of $32,306.37. This leaves a balance due of $2,306.37, which KCSO has in its budget. 

However, KCSO had to come before council for approval of the expenditure because two vehicle dealerships are vying for the right to sell patrol cars at the state bid price. Because there has been a protest lodged by one dealership against the other, the vehicle was no longer on state bid.

Council unanimously awarded a bid in the amount of  $654.117 to the low bidder, Bobbitt Design-Build of Columbia, for construction of a new EMS station in the West Wateree area.  

Council gave third reading and final approval of an ordinance approving the financing improvements to the county wastewater system.  Council passed the ordinance, which allows the county to borrow no more than $700,000 from the State Revolving Fund. According to council, the current wastewater lab and office space is a mobile trailer. The new permanent structure they are trying to build is 1,600 square feet.

Chairman Julian Burns and Councilmen Dennis Arledge, Al Bozard, Tom Gardner, Jimmy Jones and Sammy Tucker Jr. voted in favor; Councilman Ben Connell voted against the measure. 

Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone 5 acres on Smyrna Road near Highway 34 and U.S. 1 in Lugoff from RD-2 zone to B-2 zone. Currently, the property on Smyrna Road is classified as aresidence/farm and it is used for commercial/industrial log staging, sawmill and shavings mill operations. According to the property owners, when they first purchased the land it was a commercial property, they recently needed a permit for the business and found out they were no longer commercial. 

Council unanimously passed first reading of 1.5 acres on Leonard Lane, adjacent to Smyrna Road, from RD-2 to B-2. 

Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance for 15.35 acres at Highway 1 North  and Cassatt crossroads from RD-2, rural resource district zone, to GD, General Development zone. 

Council unanimously passed first reading of 4.95 acres near Heath Pond and White Roads near Elgin from R-15 to B-2.

Council unanimously approved 2017 County Council Meeting Schedule. 

Council approved the County Administrator’s contract for FY 2017.

Councilman Sammie Tucker was elected vice-chairman of KCC for the next two years. He replaces    Councilman Tom Gardner.

Councilman Ben Connell was elected to Central Midlands Council of Government Board and Subcommittee

Fairfield Electric Cooperative awarded $290,000 Infrastructure Improvement Grant to KC to help fund infrastructure improvement projects.