WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING: SUMTER CITY COUNCIL

City preps for wastewater connection in Mayesville

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 9/9/18

Sumter City Council approved agenda items that will benefit multiple residents in the future and approved a rezoning request for the development of a North Main Street salon during its meeting on Tuesday.

Mayesville residents

to be compensated …

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WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING: SUMTER CITY COUNCIL

City preps for wastewater connection in Mayesville

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Sumter City Council approved agenda items that will benefit multiple residents in the future and approved a rezoning request for the development of a North Main Street salon during its meeting on Tuesday.

Mayesville residents

to be compensated for temporary easements

The resolution approves the temporary acquisition of portions of four properties in Mayesville for construction easements to connect the town of Mayesville Wastewater Treatment System to the city of Sumter's sewer system.

Al Harris, assistant manager of the city of Sumter, said a resolution for the easements is required because the city will use $1 million of federal funds from its Community Development Block Grant, allotted to the city by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for the project.

The city has come up with just compensation for each property owner and each of the properties will be returned to the residents once the project is finished, he said.

The resolution, which only requires one vote, was approved unanimously. Councilman Thomas Lowery made a motion for approval, and councilman David Merchant seconded.

New salon to possibly

come to North Main

The applicant said he purchased the .30 acres at 702 N. Main St. so his daughter could realize her dream of operating a salon. But before construction could start, the applicant requested the parcel be rezoned from residential-6 to neighborhood commercial.

Council first considered a vote regarding the North Main Street property in July when the applicant requested that the property be rezoned to general commercial, but it denied the request because it would be difficult to meet required distance setbacks between the structure, sidewalk and property line.

Council approved second and final reading of the neighborhood commercial rezoning request unanimously. Lowery made the motion for approval, and councilman Robert Galiano seconded.

Amendment to flood ordinance gets final reading

The amendment will include clarifications and corrections to the city's flood damage prevention ordinance such as the adoption of the Wateree Watershed Maps and Flood Insurance Study revisions that will go into effect on Sept. 28.

Helen Roodman, Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator and senior staff planner for Sumter Planning Department, said adding the revisions could lead to savings for Sumter's residents with flood insurance premiums.

Sumter participates in Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Rating System program which affords citizens a discounts on flood insurance if certain criteria are met, she said during previous meetings.

Final reading of the amendment was approved unanimously. Galiano made the motion for approval, and councilman Calvin Hastie seconded.