Sumter City Council approved two lease agreements that will assist local businesses and gave first reading of an ordinance that will encourage future development in the growing downtown area during its meeting on Tuesday.
SCETV lease agreement …
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Preparations for future downtown developments
Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the sale of five properties in the Central Business District to promote redevelopment of existing buildings and the development of new buildings.
Background: The ordinance applies to properties at 9 S. Main St., 11 S. Main St., 138 S. Main St., 146 S. Main St. and 150 S. Main St.
This ordinance will allow the city to sell these properties - which are all located downtown - for development, said Sumter Downtown Development Manager Howie Owens.
"We don't have people ready to buy them right now," he said about the properties, "but this is so that we can put them out for development purposes in the future."
The city has seen more than $5 million in investment on about 18 other properties in the Central Business District that were approved for development using this same method, Owens said.
Discussion: Councilman Steve Corley made a motion for approval, and Lowery seconded.
Vote: Unanimous approval
SCETV lease agreement renewed
Reading: Second and final
Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize two lease agreements with South Carolina Educational Television Foundation regarding a building and microwave tower at 18 N. Harvin St.
Background: The lease agreement for the building states SCETV can use the building for a term of 10 years, and the agreement for the tower lease states the agreement will be valid for a term of 20 years at an agreed rate of $1 per year.
Discussion: Councilman Robert Galiano made a motion for approval, and councilman Thomas Lowery seconded.
Santee Print given authority to operate, maintain city equipment
Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize a lease agreement with Santee Print Works regarding the control and operation of a 6-million-gallon aerated equalization basin located near Industrial Road.
Background: The equalization basin is used to regulate the flow of wastewater from Santee Print Works textile finishing plant, 19 Progress St., to the Pocotaligo Wastewater Treatment Plant which is owned and operated by the city.
The initial term of the lease will be 15 years, and no rental payments will be required by Santee Print Works, but the company will be responsible for operation and maintenance costs for the equalization basin.
City council approved first reading of this ordinance after a motion to recommend approval was made during an executive session at the July 17 meeting.
Discussion: Galiano made a motion for approval, and Lowery seconded.
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