Council to discuss Air-Rail Industrial Park options

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By Chris Sardelli

The future of a proposed Air-Rail Industrial Park will be discussed at Lancaster County Council’s final regular meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 10.
With interest in the proposed park from a manufacturing company, whose name has not been publicly disclosed, council members will consider a plan for restarting the park process.
Plans for the park stalled last month when council voted unanimously to stop negotiations regarding 110 acres the county has had in holding. The land is near the Lancaster County Airport on the south side of S.C. 9 near the Chester County line.
Both County Council and Lancaster City Council had been in talks on partnering to develop the park.
County Administrator Steve Willis said if council members are interested, they will have to approve a resolution to acquire the proposed land and authorize restarting work at the site.
Also on the agenda, council will hear from County Finance Director Veronica Thompson on the county’s annual comprehensive financial report.
Since this is the last regular meeting of the year, council will hear final readings of several ordinances, including an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan, rezoning of the Providence Estates subdivision in Indian Land and authorization of a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for a company dubbed ‘Project Code.’
Also, there will be two public hearings about the Lancaster & Chester Railroad at the meeting, including the creation of a joint industrial and business park agreement between Lancaster and Chester counties, as well as a proposal to provide special source revenue credits for the L&C.
Council will meet in closed session before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the Air-Rail Business Park, a legal briefing about Gills Creek and contract negotiations/economic development for the L&C  and a Haile Gold Mine matter.
The closed session will continue after the meeting if needed.
There will also be a drop-in event to honor outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole prior to the meeting, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lancaster County Historic Courthouse.
Regular council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays each month at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building.
Council meetings are open to the public. Council agenda packets are available online at www.mylancastersc.org/, by looking under the Government Tab and then clicking Agendas and Minutes.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416