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Council approves bonds for Pleasant Valley Fire District

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By Chris Sardelli

Lancaster County Council approved an ordinance Monday that will assist with the construction of a new Pleasant Valley fire station.

The ordinance authorized the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $2.5 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used for constructing and equipping a fire station in the Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District. No one spoke at a public hearing held before the vote on the bonds.

Council gave final reading of the ordinance by a vote of 5-1.

Councilman Cotton Cole dissented, saying he is part of a council-sponsored Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District committee, but had never been invited to any of the district’s official meetings. As a result, he decided to vote no to the ordinance.

The proceeds of the bond will be used for constructing and equipping a fire station across from the southern entrance of the Fox Ridge subdivision on Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land.

The S.C. 160 widening project will eventually take the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s existing station on the highway.

Council first discussed the bond issue in February, agreeing on the need to authorize bonds to help cover construction costs of the new station. Portions of a $75 fee annually charged to residents in the Pleasant Valley fire district will be used as a revenue source to cover the bonds.

The new facility will be about 12,000 to 15,000 square feet and will feature four double bays for vehicles. There will also be space to allow future expansion for living quarters.

Other business

In other business Monday, council:

• Unanimously passed final reading of an ordinance approving an infrastructure credit agreement for Titanium Holdings Inc. and Titanium Solutions Inc., which are based in Indian Land. The credit agreement requires a minimum of $1 million of investment and the creation of at least 100 news jobs within the first three years. A public hearing prior to the vote had no attendees.

• Unanimously approved a lease purchase of three new ambulances for the county.

• Discussed the idea of placing a moratorium on new billboards in the county. Council unanimously approved making this an ordinance for consideration at its July 27 meeting.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com (803) 416-8416