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Noted and passed - April 23, 2014
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• It’s hard to know what to think of Palmetto Utilities’ request for county council’s support of its permit application to discharge treated wastewater in Spears Creek in Kershaw County. Ten years ago, in 2004, county officials claimed Palmetto Utilities President Stan Jones was using his position on the Central Midlands Council of Governments’ (COG) Environmental Planning Advisory Committee to keep Kershaw County from moving its participation in what is known as a 208 Water Plan from the Central Midlands to the Santee-Lynches COG. Within that fight, the county also objected to the Richland County-based utility’s plan to expand its treatment capacity in a way that would have it discharging into the Wateree River -- something the utility couldn’t do physically, but held a permit for anyway. In 2007, when the county was looking to fund sewer line and wastewater treatment plant upgrades, a majority of council rejected a proposal to enter into a public-private partnership with Palmetto Utilities.