Sumter City Council approves annexation near Gateway Plaza shopping center

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/21/19

Sumter City Council had a quorum with four members Tuesday as members approved final reading of an ordinance to annex general commercial land next to a shopping center into the city limits and approve three resolutions.

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Sumter City Council approves annexation near Gateway Plaza shopping center

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Sumter City Council had a quorum with four members Tuesday as members approved final reading of an ordinance to annex general commercial land next to a shopping center into the city limits and approve three resolutions.

Land near shopping center annexed into city

Reading: Second and final

Agenda item: An ordinance to annex .8 acres of land at 1260 Alice Drive into the city.

Background: The subject property, currently zoned general commercial, is an empty lot in the Gateway Plaza block - where T.J. Maxx and Young's Beauty are located. This request also includes associated South Carolina Department of Transportation right-of-way on Alice Drive, according to a staff report from Sumter Planning Department.

Specific plans for the property have not been stated.

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

Vote: Approved with a 4-3 majority vote in favor of the resolution - Councilwoman Ione Dwyer, councilman Steve Corley and councilman Thomas Lowery were absent from the meeting.

Board, committee members not subjected to two-term limit

Reading: Resolution, only one vote required

Agenda item: A resolution to extend the terms of the members of the Downtown Sumter Committee and the Community Development Housing Board.

Background: Mayor Joe McElveen said members of those two committees would not be subject to the usual two-term limit "because of special circumstances existing with those committees."

He said the committee's and board's purpose focuses on providing advice rather than implementing policy and considering approvals.

Some of the members' terms have been extended in the past, he said, but this resolution will formalize that process.

Discussion: Merchant made a motion for approval, and councilman Colin Davis seconded.

Vote: Approved with a 4-3 majority vote in favor.

Sumter police enter mutual aid contract with Lake City authorities

Reading: Resolution

Agenda item: A resolution approving a mutual aid agreement between Sumter Police Department and Lake City Police Department.

Background: The South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Act authorizes agencies to enter into written contracts and provide assistance to each other with law enforcement services, states the resolution.

This contract will permit both agencies to assist the other in the event of a natural disaster, disorder, special events and other emergency and law enforcement activities.

"This is for a force multiple for either their agency or ours depending on the circumstances," Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark III said.

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

Vote: Approved with a 4-3 majority vote in favor.

Upcoming events bring alcohol sales downtown

Reading: Resolution

Agenda item: A resolution to authorize the sale and consumption of beer and wine only in the downtown area at multiple annual events.

Background: This resolution applies to the following events: Sumter Green Untapped Food Truck Festival, Fourth Fridays on Main Concert Series, United Way Downtown Derby Day, Downtown Microbrew Festival, Taste of the Gardens/Iris Festival, Sumter Green Fall Feast, Downtown OktoberFest, Porches of Sumter, Sumter Downtown Market, Downtown Zombie Fest Halloween Event and Sip & Stroll.

The alcoholic beverages will only be permitted in containers provided by vendors, according to the resolution.

Discussion: Davis made a motion to approve the resolution, and Merchant seconded.

Hastie said he opposes the sale and consumption of alcohol in the downtown area and planned to vote in opposition to the resolution.

Vote: Approved with a 3-1 majority vote in favor - Hastie voted in opposition and Dwyer, Corley and Lowery were absent from the meeting.