County Council approves 1st reading of easement during Tuesday meeting

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Sumter County Council voted Tuesday evening during its regular meeting to approve an ordinance to further efforts in re-configuring the North Lafayette Drive and North Main Street intersection, and also voted to approve the 2018 calendar for employees of Sumter County.

County Attorney Johnathan Bryan told council members that plans to improve what is known as the ‘Lafayette Diamond’ would require the approval of an easement, in title only, for Duke Energy Progress. The issue has been cleared by the S.C. Department of Transportation, he said.

First reading passed.

Council member then took up the issue of approving the 2018 calendar, and holidays, for Sumter County employees.

Vivian Fleming-McGhaney told fellow council members she wants to honor Veterans Day and wanted to advocate for that day being a holiday.

Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon pointed out that about 80 employees who are veterans were recognized with a token of appreciation in the form of a gift card which was paid for by the contingency fund.

“We recognize their value to our organization,” he said.

Chairman James T. McCain Jr. spoke of the “big, beautiful parade,” that was held on Nov. 11 and featured keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, the commanding general of ARCENT, or U.S. Army Central.

After some discussion, council members approved a motion to give employees Veterans Day off. Council also approved its meeting calendar for 2018. (See attached PDF)

Council Vice-Chairman James R. Byrd Jr. gave an update on an earlier Internal Affairs Committee meeting regarding several people who have been appointed to various boards. McCain said the Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee met and approved $70,000 for site certification of the Lewis-Lawrence Tract.

Council member Chris Sumpter gave an update about Sumter Litter Alliance, which he said has brought together the public and private sectors in order to reduce litter and improve beautification.

Byrd noted that one item regarding the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority needed to be discussed in executive session so council went into a brief session but no action was taken.

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