Sumter County Council gives first read to budget amendment, recognizes 5 Sumter heroes

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/15/19

Sumter County Council recognized five of Sumter's heroes, all recipients of the 2018 American Legion Public Safety Award, during its meeting on Tuesday.

Award winners include: Sumter County Deputy of the Year and American Legion Post 15 Law …

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Sumter County Council gives first read to budget amendment, recognizes 5 Sumter heroes

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Sumter County Council recognized five of Sumter's heroes, all recipients of the 2018 American Legion Public Safety Award, during its meeting on Tuesday.

Award winners include: Sumter County Deputy of the Year and American Legion Post 15 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Sgt. James Ardis of Sumter County Sheriff's Office; City Police Officer of the Year, Officer 1st Class Cedric Kirkman of Sumter Police Department; Correctional Officer of the Year, Lance Cpl. Crystal Isaac of Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center; Emergency Medical Technician of the Year, Lance Cpl. Victoria Matthews of Sumter County EMS; and Firefighter of the Year, Master Firefighter Jason Capell of Sumter Fire Department.

Each award recipient received a certificate and gift from council.

New neighborhood more likely after final request approval

Reading: Third and final

Agenda item: A request to rezone 46.99 acres at 2320 Beckwood Road from agricultural conservation to residential-15.

Background: The subject property has frontage on Beckwood and West Brewington roads, near the Sumter Airport, and is across from Beckwood Shires, another residential-15 subdivision.

Tyler Dunlap, a partner with the applicant, said the group also developed Beckwood Shires and intends to build more than 60 stick-built houses, starting at 1,800 square feet, on the subject site that will be comparable to the houses in the other subdivision.

Discussion: Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said she spoke with representatives of South Carolina Department of Transportation about resurfacing Beckwood Road and was told that project is "nowhere in sight for now."

But there will be consideration later, she said.

The condition of Beckwood Road was mentioned by a resident of the area during the public hearing for the rezoning request.

Fleming-McGhaney said other concerns, such as lighting along Beckwood Road, would also be addressed at the state level with local collaboration.

Vote: Unanimous approval

Acreage on Jefferson Road added to BD expansion

Reading: Third and final

Agenda item: A request, made by Sumter County, to rezone a 15-acre parcel and a 1.39-acre parcel at 160 Jefferson Road from general residential to heavy industrial.

Background: The rezoning will accommodate the expansion of Becton, Dickinson and Co., which will include the creation of 125 new jobs and a $150 million investment for the automated assembly and packaging operation.

Discussion: None

Vote: Unanimous approval

Council votes to add $190,000 worth of changes to 2018-19 budget

Reading: First reading

Agenda item: An ordinance to amend the county's 2018-19 budget, in title only, by changing the amount of anticipated fund, money and revenues estimated to be received from all resources and by changing the amount to be allocated toward the budget.

Background: This is a request for three budget amendments, which can only be approved through an ordinance and three readings before county council, county Administrator Gary Mixon said.

The first item is a request from Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Sumter School District to account for funds for after-duty work that deputies perform at the sports complexes, he said.

This request, a new budget line item, he said, includes the addition of $50,000 in revenue from the school district and an expenditure of the sheriff's office.

Mixon said the second request is to purchase two used fire trucks, at $50,000 each, from the city to use in the county. Sumter Fire Department covers the city and county operations though tasks are separated between the two jurisdictions.

There is a good history of those two trucks, Mixon said, and they will definitely improve the county's fleet.

The last item, he said, is a request to move forward with a contract proposal from the register of deeds office to have a company digitize old records.

Mixon said this would be a multiple-phase project, but this request focuses on phase one, for $40,000, to help manage the system.

Discussion: Chairman Jim McCain said council was briefed of the requests during the fiscal, tax and property meeting before the regular meeting.

Vote: Unanimous approval.