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Remember to always read the fine print

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By The Staff

We’re not sure why there was confusion about whether Lancaster County was responsible for maintaining roads at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

It was spelled out in the development agreement between the county and Del Webb, a Pulte Homes company.

That agreement was reached in 2004 when County Council approved Sun City Carolina Lakes as the largest planned development district, a zoning district for large housing developments, in the booming Panhandle.

Before county officials were reminded what the development agreement said, there was some debate over what roads in the community would be accepted.

County Administrator Steve Willis had said recently said the county would likely not accept roads at Sun City for maintenance. He had said the county didn’t accept roads in gated communities and a guard house at the entrance of the community would have to be torn down for the county to consider maintaining the roads.

Officials also noted that the county has little money for road maintenance.

But the fact is, the county is on the hook for maintaining the Sun City roads. Del Webb and Pulte Homes officials politely pointed that out to officials in recent discussions.

Since then, county officials have said the county will accept the roads as long as they are built to government specifications, which Sun City officials say they are.

We can only speculate why there was confusion over this issue.

n Willis wasn’t working for the county at the time of the agreement.

n Or perhaps council members who were serving then and who are still on council forgot, or conveniently forgot, this was part of the agreement.

n Then again, it might be that county officials didn’t read the fine print, which is what a lot of us do when confronted with legal documents.

Whatever the cause, Sun City‘s developers, who have given about 2 acres of land and are pledging more than $1.5 million to be paid by Sun City residents for the new Del Webb Library in Indian Land as part of this development agreement, never forgot the county’s end of the bargain.

It’s perfectly understandable that they expect the county to keep it.