Sumter County Council approves costs for dam project, veterans park

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/16/18

Sumter County Council approved third and final reading to add expenses to the county's 2017 budget for two public projects during its meeting on Tuesday.

The council passed an amendment to add two purchases to the county's 2017 budget: $500,000 …

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Sumter County Council approves costs for dam project, veterans park

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Sumter County Council approved third and final reading to add expenses to the county's 2017 budget for two public projects during its meeting on Tuesday.

The council passed an amendment to add two purchases to the county's 2017 budget: $500,000 to construct a veterans memorial park on Broad Street Extension adjoining Shaw Air Force Base and $281,000 to purchase automated spillway gates for the dam at Second Mill Pond.

The $500,000 will be transferred from the county's hospitality fund.

The memorial park is a joint project between the county, the city of Sumter - which will also contribute $500,000 - and Shaw. The state has also expressed interest in providing $200,000 for the project, Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said.

A Tuskegee Airmen P-51 plane will also be featured in the park, he said.

Preparation for the reconstruction project at Second Mill Pond has started and is anticipated to be completed this spring.

New tax district requested to fix Boyles dam

The council approved first reading of an ordinance to establish the Boyles Pond Special Tax District and authorize a tax that would be collected for 22 lots in the area to rebuild and maintain the dam at the pond.

If approved, the tax district would be monitored by three people - a president, a vice president and a treasurer - who can be members of the Boyles Pond HOA Inc., according to the proposed ordinance.

Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan said the county's role in the matter is to collect the tax money each year and deliver it to the Boyles Pond HOA, which will use the money as it sees fit.

The county will not be affected if residents of the district do not pay taxes because the county is only obligated to deliver the money that is collected, he said.

The proposal may be approved after two more readings and a public hearing.

Other meeting notes

The Sumter County Council approved second reading of an ordinance to amend definitions regarding real estate, contractor, subdivision project and commercial project signs. The amendment will permit more square footage for the signs, mimicking the city's zoning and development ordinance for project signs, said George McGregor, director of Sumter City-County Planning Department.

Sumter County Council requires three approvals and a public hearing before a matter is passed.