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Sumter City Council discusses community safety

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 10/2/19

Sumter City Council stressed its community safety advice to Sumter residents in response to growing concerns from recent shootings and killings in the area at the council meeting Tuesday.

With the recent increase in violent crime, Sumter …

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Sumter City Council discusses community safety

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Sumter City Council stressed its community safety advice to Sumter residents in response to growing concerns from recent shootings and killings in the area at the council meeting Tuesday.

With the recent increase in violent crime, Sumter residents shared they felt the town isn't safe, but Mayor Joe McElveen said Sumter is as safe as it has always been.

Councilman Calvin Hastie advised that making neighborhood associations and having a neighborhood watch program helps minimize crime in small communities, as well as helps promote safety in the area. He said it also helps police with an extra set of eyes in the area.

Councilwoman Ione Dwyer stressed that if a resident sees something unusual or suspicious in his or her community, he or she should call the non-emergency police number (803) 436-2700.

In the meeting, the planning commission briefly explained the new draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and that at the next meeting, Oct. 15, there will be a first reading and public hearing on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Council unanimously approved the final reading of a garment alteration and repair shop in the professional office zoning district for applicant Hugh Betchman Jr.

Council also unanimously approved the authorization of a contract with B & B Construction with the lowest bid of $1,884,765 for the Mayesville Pump Station and Force Main Project.

Council concluded the meeting in executive session over the resolution of authorizing the acquisition of downtown property and the acquisition of property on Grier Street for the purpose of extending the street to Loring Drive.