• Sumter County Council's Jan. 12, 2021, meeting

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    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening met for just under an hour for the first meeting of 2021.

    Sumter City-County Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke to council members about a request to rezone a seven-acre tract of land at 475 Myrtle Beach Highway from Light Industrial Warehouse (LIW) to Heavy Industrial (HI).

    First reading was approved.

    A resolution authorizing a Fee-In-Lieu of Tax (FILOT) agreement with Thompson Construction Group Inc. saw first reading approved.

    First reading of an ordinance related to the FILOT was deferred.

    Councilman Eugene Baten reported on a Veterans group that meets regularly.

    Chairman James McCain reported that he and others met with staff members from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s office at the Sumter Economic Development building to discuss various matters.

    Councilman Carlton Washington advocated for helping his fellow Veterans through the Sumter County Veterans Affairs Office.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said Roodman has created a way to track Covid-19 deaths in Sumter County and how they are broken down by age and gender.

    Mixon discussed the coming dispersal of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is being distributed by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and is initially being given to front line medical workers and first responders.

    South Carolinians aged 70 and older are now eligible to sign up for the vaccine, he noted.

    “We’re still daily having this conversation with the state,” Mixon said, about when the vaccine will be available to the general public.

    Litter was also a topic of discussion; Mixon said a Joint Litter Advisory Committee with the City of Sumter is in the planning stages.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m.