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What your government is doing: Sumter County Council meetings, council workings to remain online

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 4/30/20

Sumter County Council held a virtual council meeting on Tuesday and amended the Sumter County Code of Ordinances so it will be able to work remotely without having to pass an emergency ordinance.

In March, council passed an emergency ordinance …

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What your government is doing: Sumter County Council meetings, council workings to remain online

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Sumter County Council held a virtual council meeting on Tuesday and amended the Sumter County Code of Ordinances so it will be able to work remotely without having to pass an emergency ordinance.

In March, council passed an emergency ordinance that allowed it to participate in meetings electronically from remote locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday's change to county law allows council to hold meetings by electronic means without passing an emergency ordinance in the future.

Council unanimously approved the second reading of the ordinance. It must undergo three readings to be passed.

313 acres near Shaw will stay rural

Council unanimously approved the third reading of a rezoning request for six separate tax parcels totaling about 313.6 acres to change from residential-15 back to agricultural conservation near the intersection of Black River Road and Edens Road.

The zoning designation for these properties was changed from agricultural conservation to residential-15 in 2007 to accommodate future residential development.

The area was originally proposed to be a part of the military protection planning area for Shaw Air Force Base, but the zoning back to agricultural conservation was initiated by council because the land has limited infrastructure and no public sewer or water in the area.

Special tax district to be removed after dam repairs from 1,000-year flood completed

Council also addressed the second reading of an ordinance to revoke another ordinance that established a special tax district known as "Boyles Pond Special Tax District" in Sumter County.

The special tax district was created so homeowners in the area could collect funds to repair a dam and regain the title to their waterfront property that was damaged during the historic 2015 flood. The ordinance is no longer necessary after the repairs.

Council unanimously approved the second reading of the ordinance. The reading will undergo three readings and a public hearing. The public hearing will be held on May 12.

Almost 1 acre on South Guignard Parkway to be used for residential

Council also addressed the first reading of an ordinance to authorize the sale of 0.89 acres of property at 1710 S. Guignard Parkway.

Council previously agreed to sell the same parcel to Edward Tiller, but Tiller did not sign the contract. However, applicant Sarah Tiller-Ford was interested in purchasing the property to use for residential purposes.

Council unanimously approved the first reading.

Public comment is suspended until May 12 or until further notice by Sumter County Council.