Sumter County Council

Flood ordinance change could mean savings for Sumter homeowners

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 8/31/18

Sumter County Council approved second readings of ordinances that could bring more savings for some homeowners with flood insurance and provide private roadways to multiple property owners.

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Flood ordinance change could mean savings for Sumter homeowners

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Sumter County Council approved second readings of ordinances that could bring more savings for some homeowners with flood insurance and provide private roadways to multiple property owners.

Flood ordinance update brings compliance, possible future savings

Reading: Second of three

Agenda item: An ordinance to amend portions of the Sumter County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to adopt the Wateree Watershed Maps and Flood Insurance Study revisions that will go into effect on Sept. 28; and to update the ordinance to make corrections and clarifications noted in the 2017 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Community Assistance Visit and the Community Rating System Cycle Visit.

Background: The five main changes to the ordinance will include: required updates; the addition of language stating all permit applications will be reviewed to determine each proposed site is reasonably safe from flooding; the addition of a section to address standards for areas with base flood elevations but no floodways; the addition of language that clarifies flood-proofing requirements for commercial buildings; and the reorganization of the ordinance.

These changes are necessary to keep the county's flood prevention ordinance in compliance with the National Flood Insurance program, which eventually leads to savings for some flood insurance holders.

Public hearing: No comments from the public

Vote: Approved

Ordinances to give property owners private entrance, egress to homes

OHANA CIRCLE

Reading: Second

Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the transfer of Ohana Circle to the adjoining property owners.

Background: Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan said the paved road is on property owned by people who are OK with the transfer. He said there is a section in the ordinance that addresses providing an easement for property owners who live behind the property owners first mentioned to access the road.

Public hearing: No comments from the public

Vote: Approved

FOREST DRIVE CUL-DE-SAC

Reading: Second

Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the transfer of Forest Drive Cul-De-Sac to the adjoining property owners.

Background: The street was put on the tax map when some plats were recorded years ago, but it has never been paved or developed, Bryan said.

South Carolina Department of Transportation takes care of the portion of the street that undergoes maintenance, he said.

Bryan said both property owners in the area seem to be fine with the transfer.

Public hearing: No comments from the public

Vote: Approved

WINSTON ROAD

Reading: Second

Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the transfer of part of Winston Road to the adjoining property owners.

Background: This ordinance comes from a property owner who lives on a portion of the road that was recently paved who complained that the dirt part of the road is used for illegal dumping and other "nefarious" activity, Bryan said.

Public hearing: No comments from the public

Vote: Approved

EARLE STREET

Reading: Second

Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the transfer of part of Earle Street to the adjoining property owners.

Background: This applies to the portion of Earle Street between Manning Avenue to South Harvin Street, Bryan said.

Two of the property owners in the area responded to inquiries about the transfer prior to Tuesday's meeting, he said.

Public hearing: A third property owner in the area said he was concerned about who would maintain the road once the county abandoned its interest in it.

A fourth property owner expressed interest in taking ownership of a portion of the roadway.

Discussion: Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney asked how the road would be split among the property owners if one of the individuals is not interested in maintaining a portion of the roadway.

Council decided to give the ordinance second reading and to address the division of the roadway prior to considering third reading during its next meeting.

Vote: Approved

ALPENGLOW COURT

Reading: Second

Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the transfer of Alpenglow Court to the adjoining property owners.

Background: This road exists on the county's tax maps, but the recorded plat was never developed, Bryan said.

Public hearing: No comments from the public

Vote: Approved