Sumter County Council approved first reading of a $1 million loan to build a new spec building and recognized local teens who have been spending their summers cleaning up the community and learning about the workforce during its meeting on …
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Sumter County Council approved first reading of a $1 million loan to build a new spec building and recognized local teens who have been spending their summers cleaning up the community and learning about the workforce during its meeting on Tuesday.
$1 million loan to fund new spec building
Agenda Item: An ordinance to approve an intergovernmental loan agreement with South Carolina Public Service Authority - to be secured by a mortgage - to construct an economic development building and adjoining building pad on 20 acres of real property at the corner of North Wise Drive and Jefferson Road to encourage a manufacturer to locate on the site.
Background: Sumter County Council voted to approve a $1 million loan from South Carolina Public Service Authority on Feb. 27 after receiving a favorable vote on the issue from Sumter County Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee which met prior to council's regular meeting.
A favorable vote from the committee is the same as a motion and a second, and only requires one voting session from the full council.
According to the proposed ordinance, the county plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot industrial speculative building and an adjoining 50,000-square-foot graded pad for future expansion on 20 acres in the Black River Airport Industrial Park.
According to the ordinance, the initial interest rate for the loan will be 0 percent for the first three years.
Discussion: Councilman Jimmy Byrd made a motion for approval, and councilman Chris Sumpter seconded.
Vote: Unanimous approval
Cherryvale Community Litter Pick-up
Sumter County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Eddie Hobbs, crime prevention officer, introduced six members of the agency's Explorer program that allows students to participate in activities alongside deputies to learn about a career in law enforcement.
In the last four years, the explorers have participated in 37 community projects, most recently helping with cleanup efforts in Cherryvale and South Sumter, Hobbs said.
It means a lot when young people step up and help out in the community, Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner said. "We just cannot thank them enough," he said.
Sumter County's Summer Youth Participants
Forty-seven students are participating in the program this year, Keysa Rogers, Sumter County director of human resources, said.
The students submitted applications and were interviewed before they were selected to work alongside county employees in various departments as well as with Sumter County Library and Sumter County Senior Services.
They are also paid for their work, Rogers said.
"Hopefully the students are learning some skills that they can take with them throughout life," she said. "We're starting them on their way to be valuable citizens of Sumter County."
"I hope it does you well as you continue your education," council chairman Jim McCain said to the students.
New county website in the works
One of the newest additions to the website's look is a video showcasing well-known areas throughout the county and various events that are held throughout the year, Joe Perry, county communications director, said.
The idea is to integrate a lot more local photos into the website and to link to the county's social media pages to provide instant updates, he said.
Another feature is that parents will be able to register their children for recreation programs online, Perry said.
Larry Horne, IT department head, said the website will also allow people to fill out job applications online in a secured platform, as per a request from the human resources department.
And the county will have its own intranet system for an employee self-service portal where employees can view sensitive information, he said.
The idea is to eventually be paperless, he said.
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