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County Council to discuss peddlers, poker machines

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6:30 p.m., Monday

By Chris Sardelli

Peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines will all be up for discussion as Lancaster County Council considers a trio of different ordinances at its meeting Monday, Feb. 25.

As part of its agenda, council will vote on final reading of an ordinance to revise the county’s code, allowing council to set license fees for people classified as peddlers and hawkers. If approved, council would then have the power to establish a fee as part of its fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

After reviewing other portions of the county code related to licensing, County Administrator Steve Willis recommends deleting language related to the licensing of pawnbrokers and poker machines. With changes in state laws and a renewed crackdown on video poker machines, he said there is no longer a need for either section.

Council will also consider a proposal to use the county facility at 3888 Chester Highway as the Lancaster County Workforce Development Center, and will discuss allocating funds for the workforce training program.

Council will also consider several other ordinances, including first reading of an amendment to the county code allowing for an alternate demolition method, final reading of a proposal to lease a rescue truck for the Indian Land fire district, and final reading of an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan.

There will be a public hearing at the start of the meeting to receive comments about Lancaster County’s Citizens Participation Plan, developed for participation in the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The program would allow residents to have input in the planning and implementation of community and economic development projects involving CDBG funds.

Council will meet in closed session before the meeting at 6 p.m. to hear about an economic development matter from Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. 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