Sumter City Council recognized 37 employees who have been with the city for 10 and 15 years during its meeting on Tuesday.
"I know that each day, each and every one of you go out there and do a service to our community that makes it a place where …
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"I know that each day, each and every one of you go out there and do a service to our community that makes it a place where we can live safely and enjoy life in our community," said Mayor Joe McElveen.
"I can tell you without any doubt that Sumter City Council, every member up here, sees what you do and sees how well you do it," he said.
"We're thankful for you," McElveen said. "Especially this time of year."
"We give this honor to you today and this respect to you out of true appreciation for the sacrifices you make," McElveen said. "All of you."
Lowery to continue as
mayor pro tem
City council again elected councilman Thomas Lowery to serve as mayor pro tem in Mayor Joe McElveen's absence for the next two years during its meeting on Tuesday.
Councilman David Merchant nominated Lowery, and councilman Steve Corley seconded.
Lowery was elected unanimously with a 5-0 vote. Councilman Calvin Hastie and councilwoman Ione Dwyer were absent from the meeting.
City considers updates to guidelines for Shaw-Sumter properties
Reading: Amendment, one reading is required
Agenda item: An amendment to the Shaw-Sumter Buffer Property Use Guidelines to include guidelines for the newly constructed Welcome Center.
Background: The guidelines determine how 1,700 acres of land near Shaw Air Force Base, owned by the city, will be used for the benefit of local entities and the community while protecting the base from incompatible developments.
The Welcome Center was constructed - with $750,000 provided by the Sumter South Carolina Legislative Delegation - on a portion of the 931 acres between Stamey Livestock and Shaw, formerly known as Booth Farm.
According to the guidelines, one of the city's purposes for the investment in the 1,700 acres is to provide a venue for official city, county and Shaw functions as well as recreational and educational opportunities for the public.
Another purpose for the land development is to prevent incompatible developments near the base.
Vote: 5-0 approval - Hastie and Dwyer were absent.
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