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Council to discuss LCEDC issues Monday

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Christopher Sardelli
csardelli@thelancasternews.com
Lancaster County Council will discuss several items related to economic development at its Monday meeting, Sept. 24.
Council will first discuss a proposal from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. designed to generate funds for activities such as marketing and workforce development.
The idea is to create a funding formula whereby 6 percent of future revenues from fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements would be allocated for economic development purposes. These fees are usually split only between the Lancaster County School District and the county.  
Councilman Rudy Carter is also scheduled to discuss topics related to economic development employees and the structure of the LCEDC.
Also on the agenda, council will discuss information regarding a requested connection to River Road in Indian Land’s Sun City Carolina Lakes neighborhood.
There will be several ordinance readings at the meeting as well, including third readings of an ordinance to approve a joint industrial and business park agreement between Lancaster and Chesterfield counties, as well as a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, both related to Accutrex Products.
There will also be three public hearings at council’s meeting, including two related to the Accutrex ordinances and one to hear comments about the proposed county-wide smoking ordinance.
After passing second reading at its Sept. 10 meeting, council put the smoking ordinance on hold until at least October, pending review by the county’s Health and Wellness Commission.
Also on hold are several Haile Gold Mine ordinances, pending review by council members. The gold mine ordinances include one to rezone several properties near the mine from residential to heavy industrial, which several residents spoke out against earlier this year.
Still missing from the agenda is an ordinance to revise the county’s B-3 commercial zoning definitions, a discussion which stalled earlier this year.
Council will meet in closed session before the meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss a contractual matter and to hear a legal briefing and several economic development matters. 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