Outgoing council members to be honored Monday night

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By Jenny Hartley

Residents will have a chance to say farewell to three retiring County Council members Monday night.

A drop-in for outgoing Councilmen Bryan Vaughn, Wayne Kersey and Wesley Grier will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. before council’s meeting begins.

All three have served one term on council.

Vaughn chose not to run for re-election this year.

Kersey was defeated by Kathy Sistare in the Democratic primary in June, and Grier, a Republican, was defeated by Dennis “Cotton” Cole, a Democrat in the November general election.

Sistare and Cole will take their seats on council in January.

Request for funding

Also on Monday’s agenda is a request from The Artisan’s Center, a nonprofit arts center locating in the former Badcock Furniture building on South Main Street.

The center will offer classes to the public in various arts. A welcome center will also be located in the center.

It will also become the home of five University of South Carolina at Lancaster art faculty offices, and USCL arts classes.

But due to state budget cuts, USCL is unable to fund its portion of the project, so it’s asked City Council and County Council to fund the center’s first year – a total of $48,000. The county is being asked to fund $24,000. City Council has already approved its $24,000 in funding.

Road maintenance

County will also hear a request to accept roads in the BridgeHampton and BridgeMill neighborhoods. Council has previously voted not to accept BridgeMill’s roads into its maintenance system.

Council will also consider final reading of an ordinance to adopt stricter road construction standards.

Council meets at 6 p.m. in chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St. For details, call 285-1565.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151