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KERSHAW – Kershaw officials are still talking about ways to enhance law enforcement coverage in the town.
Town Council met in closed session twice Monday to discuss its contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Kershaw has been paying the sheriff’s office $451,000 a year to provide coverage, which includes two patrol deputies per shift.
Town Administrator Tony Starnes recently expressed a desire to have a deputy who can serve as an administrator or supervisor on each shift.
Sheriff Barry Faile has eight deputies allocated to work the town and said he could provide a ninth.
Faile’s been able to free up about $10,000, but the town would be required to provide about $40,000 to fund the position, Starnes said.
“We went back and wanted to take a look at it,” Starnes said.
Council members had a closed session before its 7 p.m. regular open-session meeting Monday and then again toward the end of the meeting.
In all, they spent more than an hour behind closed doors. No action was taken on the matter.
“I think we discussed it to death,” said Starnes, who didn’t say how the $40,000 would be generated. “Next time we meet we’re probably going to have some kind of decision.”
Town Council voted 6-0 Monday to agree to meet with Lancaster County officials regarding a county-wide smoking ordinance.
Councilman Randy Seegars wasn’t at Monday's meeting.
The ordinance would ban smoking in all public places, primarily in restaurants, as the ordinance would be similar to the one in neighboring York County, Starnes said.
Lancaster County officials are expected to meet by early April.
Kershaw Town Councilman Morris Russell said he thinks it’ll be beneficial to be present.
“I think it’s OK to meet with them to see what they got to say,” Russell said.
Councilman Wade Hunter agreed.
“At least we’ll know what’s going on,” he said.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152