• Sumter County Council's July 28, 2020, meeting

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    Sumter County Council held their Tuesday meeting at Patriot Hall as members of the public attended wearing masks and with social distancing measures in place.

    City-County Zoning Administrator and Acting Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke about several requests before Council.

    She detailed a request to rezone a 2.71 acre tract at 6850 Fish Road from Agricultural Conservation (AC) to General Commercial (GC).

    Three people spoke against the request.

    Greg Goocher, the developer behind the request, spoke for it, as did three others.

    Louis Watkins spoke about the need for stores in rural areas, but didn’t speak specifically for or against the request.

    Second reading was denied.

    Roodman spoke about a request to rezone a 143.86 acre parcel at 2035 U.S. 521 South from AC to Heavy Industrial (HI).

    No one spoke during the Public Hearing. Second reading passed.

    Roodman spoke next about a request to rezone a five acre tract at 2205 Myrtle Beach Highway from AC to GC. No one speak during a Public Hearing. Second reading passed.

    Roodman spoke next about an ordinance amendment request to include Fabricated Metal Products as a Special Exception Use in the AC Zoning District.

    County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. specified that Council would be listening to a request for a Special Exception Use, which would then have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Roodman agreed.

    Several people spoke against the request, citing noise issues from Merchant Iron Works, the business seeking the Special Exception Use.

    Several people spoke for the request, and David Merchant cited various noise attenuation measures employed to lessen the decibel impact.

    Second reading for the Special Exception passed, with Councilman Chris Sumpter and Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd voting nay.

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke next about a resolution urging face coverings and masks to be worn in the public in unincorporated areas of Sumter County during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The resolution passed, with Councilman Eugene Baten voting against it.

    Bryan also spoke about a referendum to be placed on the ballot in November to give Sumter County voters the opportunity to decided whether grocery stores and convenience stores would be able to sell beer and wine on Sunday.

    Third reading passed. Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney voted against it.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon reiterated that the Offices of County Government remain closed to the public and noted a free Covid-19 testing site will be set up from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday in Lynchburg at St. John’s School. (4515 Narrow Paved Road.)