WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING: SUMTER CITY COUNCIL

SCETV lease renewed, rezoning request denied by Sumter City Council

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 7/22/18

Sumter City Council approved readings for a wastewater system project in Mayesville, a lease with SCETV and denied a rezoning request for a beauty salon on Tuesday.

Rezoning for beauty salon denied in majority vote

Reading: First of …

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WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING: SUMTER CITY COUNCIL

SCETV lease renewed, rezoning request denied by Sumter City Council

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Sumter City Council approved readings for a wastewater system project in Mayesville, and a lease with SCETV and denied a rezoning request for a beauty salon on Tuesday.

Rezoning for beauty salon denied in majority vote

Reading: First of two

Agenda Item: A request to rezone .30 acres at 702 N. Main St. from residential-6 to general commercial for the construction of a beauty salon.

Background: As of Tuesday, there was a house on the property that is scheduled to be demolished by the Sumter Pride program.

Sumter Planning Commission and Sumter Planning Department staff did not recommend rezoning the property to general commercial because the property is not large enough for the general commercial distance requirements from other structures and sidewalks.

Discussion: The property is a small, triangular-shaped parcel at the corner of Pine and North Main streets, Sumter Planning Department Director George McGregor said.

He said the rezoning would permit many uses that may not be compatible with the mostly residential uses in the area.

However, rezoning the property to neighborhood commercial would allow the beauty salon and require less stringent distance requirements, he said.

McGregor said the applicant could apply for a neighborhood commercial rezoning if the existing request is denied.

During the public hearing, one city resident said the beauty parlor would be a good idea even though the property is small.

Two other residents asked about parking and the hours of operation.

Councilman Thomas Lowery made a motion to approve the rezoning, and councilman Calvin Hastie seconded.

Vote: 4-3 denial

Temporary utility easement approved for Mayesville sewer project

Reading: Resolution - requires one reading

Agenda Item: A resolution to require a temporary construction easement, for just compensation of $18.26 to the property owner, for a project to connect the town of Mayesville's wastewater treatment system to the city's wastewater system.

Background: This is a $1.5 million project that is funded through two sources: $1 million from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant and $500,000 in rural infrastructure funds, said Assistant City Manager Al Harris.

Harris said this will be a temporary easement at the corner of Florence Highway and Avenue A in Mayesville so the city can work underneath a portion of the road.

The landowner will regain control of the property when the project is complete, he said.

Discussion: Councilman David Merchant made a motion for approval, and Hastie seconded.

Vote: Unanimous approval

Renewing a lease agreement with SCETV

Reading: First

Agenda Item: An ordinance to authorize two lease agreements between the city and South Carolina Educational Television, also known as SCETV, for the use of a building and microwave tower at 18 N. Harvin St.

Background: The building lease agreement will allow SCETV to use the building for a term of 10 years starting on the date the lease is approved. The tower lease states the agreement will be valid for a term of 20 years at an agreed rate of $1 per year.

Discussion: Councilwoman Ione Dwyer made a motion for approval, and councilman Steve Corley seconded.

Vote: Unanimous approval