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Sumter City Council members split over proposed residential lot additions at Hunter Crossing

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 12/19/19

A developer is looking to add eight new residential lots at the Hunters Crossing subdivision, but Sumter City Council was split in its votes during Tuesday's meeting.

Applicant Dunlap Properties requested to add the eight new lots for …

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Sumter City Council members split over proposed residential lot additions at Hunter Crossing

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A developer is looking to add eight new residential lots at the Hunters Crossing subdivision, but Sumter City Council was split in its votes during Tuesday's meeting.

Applicant Dunlap Properties requested to add the eight new lots for single-family homes in the subdivision along Old Field Road. The planning commission recommended approval of the first reading with the properties currently being undeveloped and with a plan to extend a sidewalk down Old Field Road.

During the public hearing, only one person spoke against the request.

A woman said the new properties will lower the value of the existing properties in the area, and she said having more traffic in the area will increase a speeding issue she said is already present.

After public hearing closed, Councilman David Merchant moved for approval of the first reading. However, Councilwoman Ione Dwyer said they should not take action before checking the neighborhood and its current traffic issue out before making a decision.

Councilman Calvin Hastie agreed with Dwyer, saying the issue should be taken into consideration.

Merchant said he doesn't disagree with the idea, but he suggested the first reading be approved as the request undergoes three readings before final approval.

Council voted three to two, with Dwyer and Hastie against approval of the first reading.

Councilmen Steve Corley and Thomas Lowery were absent.

Other news: Keels Road water line to be replaced

Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a contract with J.W. Brown Construction at $106,576.21 for the Keels Road Water Line Replacement Project.

Council also unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a contract with Carolina International Trucks at a total bid amount of $214,978.85 for the purchase of one Ten Item Recycling Collection Truck.

There was a unanimous approval over the first reading of an ordinance that established development standards for residential care facilities with special consideration of the Fair Housing Act.

As directed by council in a regular meeting in early November, 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.

During the meeting, Sumter City Council recognized student winners of the Mayor's Christmas Card competition.

Council also recognized city employees with 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of service in the community.