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Sumter City Council approves 1st reading of distribution of CDBG budget

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 1/9/20

The Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget underwent its first reading before Sumter City Council during Tuesday's meeting.

The CDBG Entitlement Budget is an annual fund Sumter receives from the federal government and is used to …

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Sumter City Council approves 1st reading of distribution of CDBG budget

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The Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget underwent its first reading before Sumter City Council during Tuesday's meeting.

The CDBG Entitlement Budget is an annual fund Sumter receives from the federal government and is used to improve neighborhoods and make overall life better for residents.

Last year, Sumter received about $306,000, and this year's projected amount is $306,499.

During a November 2019 meeting, city residents spoke during a public hearing and requested a portion of the allotment for YMCA Youth Services and Sumter United Ministries.

Taking the public's requests into consideration, city council unanimously approved the first reading of the budget with plans to give the requested amount of $2,500 to the YMCA Youth Services and $24,500 to Sumter United Ministries.

The remainder of the budget amount was split between administration, demolition, housing repair and youth employment projects.

In other news, council approved the final readings of two ordinances.

The first was a request made by applicant Dunlap Properties to add eight new lots for single-family homes in the subdivision along Old Field Road at Hunters Crossing.

No changes were made to the request since the previous meeting, and the planning commission recommended approval with the properties currently being undeveloped and with a plan to extend a sidewalk down Old Field Road.

The final reading was unanimously approved by council with Councilmen David Merchant and Thomas Lowery and Councilwoman Ione Dwyer absent during the meeting.

The second was an ordinance establishing development standards for residential care facilities with special consideration of the Fair Housing Act.

As directed by council in a regular meeting in November 2019, the ordinance deletes nursing and personal care, adult day care, individual and family care and rooming and boarding houses from all Sumter City residential districts.

The ordinance offers a new definition and permits "Group Homes" subject to specific development criteria in all city residential districts.

No changes were made since the previous meeting, and city council unanimously approved the final reading.

A two-year maintenance guarantee with Heritage Bay Development was also approved by council.

Council also unanimously approved a property transfer along North Main Street to the South Carolina Department of Transportation as part of the North Main Street Revitalization Project.