Sumter Fire Department recognized for smoke alarm installation campaign

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
The Sumter Item
Posted 3/5/19

Sumter County Council, along with the American Red Cross, lauded the Sumter Fire Department and its efforts to save lives and property through continuous communication and the installation of smoke alarms during its meeting on Feb. 26.

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Sumter County Council, along with the American Red Cross, lauded the Sumter Fire Department and its efforts to save lives and property through continuous communication and the installation of smoke alarms during its meeting on Feb. 26.

The Red Cross and fire department have been partners in the home fire safety awareness campaign for numerous years, said Steve Shumake, Disaster Action Team coordinator for the American Red Cross Central SC Chapter.

"Through our collaborative efforts," he said, "many lives have been saved and documented because of our diligence to install smoke alarms in the homes of our community in Sumter County."

Red Cross presented four plaques from the Dalzell area - part of the organization's "Sound the Alarm. Save a Life." campaign - to Division Chief Johnnie Rose and Fire Prevention Specialist Selena Ruth Smith with the fire department.

Shumake thanked the leadership of the fire department for their friendship and unwavering support of the home fire safety efforts.

The Red Cross is most glad to recognize the Sumter Fire Department in its skillful effort to save people's lives through the simple installation of smoke alarms, he said.

Sumter County Assessor's Office on the move

Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said the assessor's office will be relocated to the county building at 20 N. Magnolia St. as construction of an addition to the county administration building continues.

The assessor's office opened for normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

Council reviews magistrate law in executive session

Council members went into executive session at 6:28 p.m. to review a legal matter regarding magistrates and came out of executive session at 6:49 p.m., according to Sumter County Communications Coordinator Joe Perry.

Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan read a portion of the South Carolina Code of Laws that was recorded verbatim by the clerk to council.

To paraphrase, the portion of the code of laws states the governing body of each county shall hear and determine contested cases in connection with classification, reclassification and compensation of magistrates in accordance with the laws.

A section of the code states members or employees of an agency assigned to render a decision or to make findings of facts and conclusion cannot communicate directly or indirectly with any person, party or representative in connection with any issue of the case except when there is notice and an opportunity for all parties to participate.

The law states that any person who violates the provisions of the section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and could be fined not more than $250 or imprisoned for not more than six months.

Committee reports presented at council meeting

Internal Affairs Committee: Councilman Jimmy Byrd said the committee took action on one item and sent a motion, with a second, to full council to consider appointing council Chairman Jim McCain to the Sumter RTA Board. The motion was approved 6-1 - Councilman Chris Sumpter was absent from the meeting.

Public Works/Solid Waste Committee: Councilman Artie Baker said the committee's only agenda item was a streetlight request at Dodgen Hill Road and S.C. 441. A motion to approve the request, with a second, was sent from the committee to full council and was approved with a 6-1 vote.

Public Safety Committee: Byrd said the committee discussed a proposed ordinance regarding tethering dogs in the county. No action was taken, he said, but the committee is moving forward with an ordinance. Byrd said the committee will meet in a few weeks to most likely review revisions from Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan and Councilman Charles Edens. The committee also discussed microchips for dogs, but no action was taken on that matter either, he said. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office was also represented during the meeting for the discussion about tethering, he said.

Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee: The committee received a financial update from county finance manager James Michaelson for information purposes only, McCain said.

The group discussed a contractual matter during an executive session, he said, but no action was taken.