Council to discuss LCEDC funds and its new location

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By Chris Sardelli

The county’s economic development corporation will be front and center as Lancaster County Council considers funding and office concerns during its meeting Monday, Jan. 28.

County Administrator Steve Willis said there are two funding issues on agenda. This includes a $12,000 request from Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. to offset the cost of a temporary employee while a permanent employee is out on unpaid leave. The transfer of funds would be included in the fiscal year-end budget amendment.

“This would move the money from the salary account to the contractual account,” Willis said.
LCEDC is also requesting $1,900 to pay for an outside accountant to handle its bookkeeping.

“The corporation is a 501(c)(4) organization, not a governmental body, but our folks (finance department) do government accounting,” Willis said.

If approved, LCEDC’s grant accountant will handle its bookkeeping responsibilities.

Willis said council will also discuss a request from the LCEDC board to relocate its building from West Gay Street to the new Agribusiness Center on U.S. 521. The center is housed in a former Founder’s Federal Credit Union building.

“Their current building is old and the roof leaks. We had an engineer look at it and he said there’s nothing to be done short of tearing the roof off,” Willis said.

Also at the meeting, council will hear a presentation by the Library Board and discuss funds for the Workforce Action Team.

Council will also consider several ordinances, including first reading of a proposal to lease a rescue truck for the Indian Land fire district and second readings of amendments to the county’s comprehensive plan; fees for peddler and hawkers licenses; and the county’s Unified Development Ordinance in regards to subdivisions and planned development districts.

Council members will also hold two special recognitions. First, the county’s Parks and Recreation Commission will thank Publix for its financial assistance with Indian Land’s Walnut Creek Park. Council will also discuss bringing awareness to Teen Dating and Violence Awareness Prevention Month.

A public hearing is scheduled prior to citizens comments to discuss the county’s comprehensive plan, titled “The New Millenium: A Comprehensive Plan for Lancaster County and its Municipalities.”
Council will meet in closed session before the meeting at 6 p.m. to hear an economic development update from LCEDC President Keith Tunnell. The session will continue after the meeting if needed.

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