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What your government is doing: Sumter City Council

Utility lines to go underground at Swan Lake entrance

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 8/7/19

Utility lines at the new Swan Lake entrance will be buried underground as part of the city's new construction project that will be headlined by a massive sculpture by Grainger McKoy.

A proposal to pay Duke Energy $231,524 was approved 6-1 Tuesday …

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What your government is doing: Sumter City Council

Utility lines to go underground at Swan Lake entrance

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Utility lines at the new Swan Lake entrance will be buried underground as part of the city's new construction project that will be headlined by a massive sculpture by Grainger McKoy.

A proposal to pay Duke Energy $231,524 was approved 6-1 Tuesday at Sumter City Council's regular meeting for the company to relocate the overhead utility lines underground, which Assistant City Manager Al Harris said will make the park entrance more "aesthetically pleasing."

The Swan Lake-Iris Gardens entrance way is under construction, with the main parking lot having closed July 29 through early January. Plans include a new 24-foot centerpiece sculpture from McKoy, a right-hand turn lane into the park, a brick walk, granite cobblestones for vehicles and expanded landscape.

The underground portion will be 375 feet of lines from Bland Avenue coming down the south side of Liberty Street, and they will go down as far as the overhead bridge. Duke Energy told the city the price is a maximum and that they will try to reduce the cost.

The 6-1 vote came with Councilman Calvin Hastie's dissent. He cited his ongoing concern for a lack of funding with the Manning Avenue bridge project receiving underground electrical lines. Mayor Joe McElveen said he has asked Sumter's legislators for funding to no avail and that it would cost about as much - $8 million to $10 million - to relocate the lines underground as the entire project is being projected to cost.

Final readings for rezoning, annexation

Also during Tuesday's meeting, final readings were approved unanimously with no changes for:

- An annexation and rezoning of three parcels at 106, 108 and 112 Newberry Ave. from General Residential to Residential-6 for senior/veterans/special needs housing;

- An amendment to the commercial portion of the Sumter West planned development to allow for townhouses on Constitution Drive and Brushwood Drive; and

- A rezoning at 840 S. Harvin St. from Residential-6 to General Commercial to include the land in the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church expansion project.