• Sumter County Council's May, 10, 2022, meeting

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    Sumter County Council’s Tuesday regular meeting saw first reading approval of the Budget Ordinance.
    Sumter City-County Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke first about a request to rezone a 5.92-acre parcel at 2550 S.C. 261 South from Agricultural Conservation (AC) to General Residential.
    The applicant, Alphonso Golden, wants to develop a residential subdivision, she said.
    First reading was approved on a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Eugene Baten opposed.
    She then said there have been no changes since second reading of a request to rezone a 17.25-acre parcel at 2675 Warehouse Boulevard from Heavy Industrial (HI) to Limited Commercial (LC).
    Third reading was approved.
    She then said there have no changes since second reading of a request to update Sign Ordinance Standards to allow transit-related signage.
    Third reading was approved.
    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon spoke briefly about first reading of the budget ordinance, noting a Budget Workshop was held earlier. Revenues currently stand at $54,672,936, with expenditures at $55,775,454 for a deficit at this point in the process of $1,102,518.
    Another Budget Workshop is slated for next Tuesday, he said, as the budgeting process for the next Fiscal Year continues.
    First reading was approved.
    Mixon also noted first reading on the General Fund Bond ordinance, which involves the issuance of General Obligation Bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $3.5 million.
    First reading was approved.
    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. said the Fiscal, Tax, and Property Committee meeting was held earlier, and Council members held a discussion about what items can be discussed during meetings. No action was taken. An executive session was held to hear information on two legal matters and no action was taken, he said.
    Mixon noted second reading on the Budget Ordinance is scheduled for the May 24, 2022, meeting.
    He also told Council that on April 29, 2022, County employees held a litter pickup along the Florence Highway leading up to Brewington Road. Thirty employees took part in the pickup, he said.
    Eighty-six bags of trash were removed from U.S. 76. by County Government employees.
    The meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.