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Public hearing tonight on $17.2 million bond issue
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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.

Council will also consider a resolution authorizing an installment purchase plan in relation to the bonds. The resolution includes an exhibit listing out the proposed projects, with a notation the county may modify the project list based on actual costs and economic development priorities. The project list is split into two phases. Phase 1, totaling $4.165 million, would extend a road in the Steeplechase Industrial Park and improve signage for Steeplechase at U.S. 521 and Black River Road; clear and grade an area south of Heritage Point Industrial Park’s entrance and build a 50,000-square-foot spec building there; and improve signage at the Mt. Olivet entrance to Governor’s Hill Industrial Park and develop a pad-ready site in the park’s southwest corner.

Phase 2 would cost $11 million and include a 75,000-square-foot spec building at Governor’s Hill and improve an interior road in the park; clear and grade an 11-acre tract in Steeplechase, build another 75,000-square-foot spec building there and make road improvements in the park; and clear and grade an area between Yutaka and Target in Heritage Pointe.

Another $2 million is being tagged for land acquisition under “general development.”

The 11-acre tract listed for clearing and grading at Steeplechase includes “CCTC” under the Park/Site name of the project. CCTC is the acronym for Central Carolina Technical College, but it was unclear at press time whether this has to do with the technical school’s pending expansion. Groundbreaking is set for sometime in January.

In other business tonight, New KershawHealth Board of Trustees Chairman Derial Ogburn is set to make a public presentation to council. Ogburn is expected to update council on final details about the pending lease/purchase of most hospital assets by Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health. The companies, doing business as Kershaw Hospital LLC, are set to begin taking over KershawHealth operations on Sunday. The board of trustees met Monday night and are to transition to governing the Kershaw County Hospital Service District, overseeing the Karesh Long Term Care Center -- which will be managed by Capella -- and dealing with property the board owns at the former sites of Pine Tree Hill Elementary School and Burndale Shopping Center.

Also tonight, council will:

• take up third and final reading of an ordinance rezoning property on U.S. 1 adjacent to Shepherd Acres in Cassatt from General Development to Residential Development 2;

• consider third reading of an ordinance authorizing a fee in lieu of taxes agreement with Capella and MUSC Health as Kershaw Hospital LLC;

• consider first reading of an ordinance rezoning a parcel of land on U.S. 1 in Cassatt next to Black River Electric Cooperative from MRD-1 (Rural) to General Development in order to allow for the potential construction of a new Dollar General store -- according to notes and maps attached to tonight’s agenda, the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend council approve the property owner’s request; 

• receive a report on detention center renovations -- County Administrator Vic Carpenter announced at council’s last meeting a HVAC/smoke exhaust system will have to be replaced rather than repaired for a much higher cost than previously estimated;

• consider appointments to the county’s grievance committee; and 

• discuss and possibly take action on council’s public comment guidelines.

Tonight’s meeting will start a 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., and is open to the public.