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Elevator at Swan Lake bridge to be repaired after damage caused by Hurricane Florence

Pumps were submerged, equipment rusted after Hurricane Florence in 2018

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 12/5/19

An elevator that helps people experience Swan Lake-Iris Gardens will soon be repaired after suffering damage in Hurricane Florence.

The bridge crossing the two sections of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens has an elevator to help people across without …

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Elevator at Swan Lake bridge to be repaired after damage caused by Hurricane Florence

Pumps were submerged, equipment rusted after Hurricane Florence in 2018

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An elevator that helps people experience Swan Lake-Iris Gardens will soon be repaired after suffering damage in Hurricane Florence.

The bridge crossing the two sections of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens has an elevator to help people across without climbing stairs, and Florence flooded its pumps, causing it to flood and equipment to rust.

Shelley Kile, spokeswoman for the city, said the elevator has not been permanently closed since the 2018 storm, but it has had consistent problems and has intermittently gone out of service.

Repairs will now move forward after Sumter City Council unanimously approved the low bid of $131,123 for Thyssenkrupp Elevator for the project, according to Michael Geddings, Public Services director for the city, and city documents.

The Atlanta-based company has the maintenance contract for all the city's elevators.

Work will be done to repair equipment and pieces that were rusted by being submerged.

City approves land use plan through 2040

The city's version of the Sumter 2040 Comprehensive Plan was also approved unanimously.

The comp plan is the city and county's blueprint for the way it will determine and initiate land use and development for the next 20 years, such as where certain types of buildings and businesses can be built in what pockets of the county. The 2040 comp plan includes but is not limited to elements addressing population, natural resources, economic development, housing, transportation and cultural resources.

A plan to last through 2030 was adopted in 2009, and by law, comp plans must be updated to account for changes in future priorities.

This was the second and final reading necessary for the city to pass the plan. It now moves to Sumter County Council for approval before implementation, according to Kile. The county requires three readings before approval.

Mathis Street sewer line to be replaced

Another maintenance contract approved at Tuesday's meeting was for the replacement of the Mathis Street sewer line. A low bid of $140,365 was awarded to B&B Construction Co. Inc., a Sumter-based group.

According to Al Harris, assistant city manager, and city documents, three bids ranged up to $177,000.

Street becomes part of Morris College

A portion of Brown Street between Stark and West College streets will be permanently closed to public use.

The ordinance, for which the second and final reading was approved Tuesday, transferred ownership of the street from the city to Morris College.

Rezoning request on Wall Street withdrawn

What would have been the first reading of a request to rezone about 14 acres at 320 Wall St. from Professional Office and Residential-6 to General Commercial for proposed commercial development was withdrawn by applicant W. Miles Hodge.