• Sumter County Council's Sept. 22, 2020, meeting

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    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening met at Patriot Hall to discuss several issues.

    Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator and Interim Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke first to members of Council about a request to rezone two parcels of land at 1650 South Guignard Parkway from Agricultural Conservation (AC) to Limited Commercial (LC).

    Raymond Smith, the property owner, proposes to start a car stereo retail and installation business, she said.

    During the Public Hearing, Jimmy Golden and Jacelyn Wright-Williams spoke against it.

    Smith owns a nearly stereo shop and said he wishes to expand.

    Second reading of the request was denied.

    Roodman then spoke about a request to rezone a two-acre parcel at the corner of Patriot Parkway and Deschamps Road from AC to LC.

    J.H. Seale and Son proposes to develop and gas station and convenience store, she said.

    Second reading was approved.

    Roodman next spoke about a request brought forth from the Planning Department staff to add General Merchandise Stores in the Limited Commercial (LC) and Neighborhood Commercial (NC) Districts. This which would essentially split General Merchandise stores into two categories, she said, based on their square footage either being under 11,000 square-feet or over that amount.

    No one spoke during the Public Hearing.

    Second reading was approved.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. reported that during an earlier Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting, information was received about two economic development issues. No action was taken, he said.

    Councilman Eugene Baten said he attended a Veterans Upward Bound program meeting at Central Carolina Technical College. He also spoke for a mask mandate.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon gave an update about Covid-19, citing numbers from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. There have been 3,145 cases in Sumter County, with an average of about 16 per day and 57 fatalities. Of those deaths, seven were veterans, he said.

    Mixon also spoke about the storm that hit Sumter County on Sept. 17, 2020, as remnants of Hurricane Sally dumped a lot of rain in the area.

    Mixon said the County’s Public Works Department immediately addressed issues that arose from the deluge. The Second Mill Dam worked as designed, he said, under the stress of a lot of rain in a short period of time.

    After an Executive Session, Councilman Artie Baker made a motion to extend Mixon’s contract two years. Baten seconded the motion, which was unanimous.

    The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.