Sumter County's 'Lafayette Diamond' redesign project continues


The "Lafayette Diamond" is slowly but surely coming along as Sumter County Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to allow Duke Energy Progress LLC to install utility lines along a portion of North Main Street as the project progresses.

Lafayette Diamond is a 2008 Capital Projects Sales Tax project - estimated to cost $6 million - that involves reconstructing the intersections of North Main Street, the U.S. 76/378 bypass and other connecting roads to accommodate high traffic in that area.

Sumter County purchased property in that area and intends to obtain more land to complete the project.

The ordinance discussed on Tuesday regards a .839-acre portion of land purchased by the county to redesign the intersection where North Main and Moore streets meet.

Sumter County has been working with home and business owners in that area since the project began nearly 10 years ago.

Homeowner approved for storage building

The first reading of a request to rezone a 5.8-acre portion of a total 10.9-acre parcel in the 2000 block of Loring Mill Road from residential-15 to agricultural conservation was approved so the property owner can construct a personal storage building.

Sumter City-County Planning Director George McGregor said the homeowner's plan for the property fits the county's 2030 Comprehensive Plan to encourage certain developments in various areas of Sumter.

The Loring Mill Road property is located in Shaw Air Force Base's military protection planning area, which restricts high-density developments such as subdivisions and commercial properties.

The storage building fits the low-density development requirement for that area, McGregor said.

Other notes: Lee County waste-pickup fee increasing, Second Mill Pond repairs continue

County council approved a request from Republic Services, a waste pick-up service based in Lee County, to increase its fees.

Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said the company has a contract with the county to offer its services to county residents and can legally request to increase its rates based on the consumer price index, which measures changes in prices of goods and services.

Later, Mixon said the dam at Second Mill Pond is still on its way to being repaired. The county will continue the project after the holiday season, he said.

County council also intends to write a resolution in support of the planned partnership between Palmetto Health and the Greenville Health System to create a nonprofit health company that is being pitched as beneficial to both health care systems.

Vice chairman Jimmy Byrd led the meeting in chairman Jim McCain's absence.