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Council could table park plans

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By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli

csardelli@thelancasternews.com

County Council will vote on tabling an ordinance to relocate Indian Land’s Roy Hardin Park at Monday’s meeting.

After a review of the property, council realized there is a deed restriction on the park as a result of it being purchased using federal grant money.

Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said this deed restriction states that the property cannot be sold for 99 years. As such, council has received approval from both the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Department of Interior in Atlanta to transfer that restriction to the new park in the Edenmoor development.

But with three liens filed against Edenmoor by unpaid contractors, development at the property is at a standstill. Willis said the new park plans cannot move forward until Edenmoor’s legal woes are resolved.

Other business

Council will once again consider a funding request from the Artisan’s Center. Local artist Christina Chastain has been asking for funding from both the city and county, with City Council recently approving $24,000 for operation costs.

Chastain will discuss the specifics of the request at the meeting. Last year, council had approved $16,000 in funding, though those funds were subsequently frozen to allow Chastain time to finalize her plans. Willis says council will discuss how much should be funded.

The council will also hear second reading of adopting the county’s 2009-2010 budget. There have been no changes since the last council meeting, Willis said.

Council may also amend a proposed resolution about purchasing only products and services that are made or performed in the United States. Council discussed the issue at the last meeting.

There will also be an executive session to discuss an economic development matter related to the Heath Springs Industrial Park Spec Building.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at 416-8416