• County schedules strategic planning session

    From the outside, it may appear a little early to begin the 2016-17 budget process a scant quarter into the current fiscal year.
    However, that’s not the case in local county government.
    Lancaster County Council has scheduled a strategic planning session for today, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3. The Friday session is 4 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s session is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Sen. Tim Scott to hold service academy sessions

    From release
    The office of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) will host informational sessions and office hours for high school students interested in attending one of the five service academies – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 
    The closest sessions will be:
    • Thursday, Oct. 1 – 5-6:30 p.m., city of Rock Hill Operations Center conference room, 757 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill
    • Oct. 15 – 1301 Gervais St., Suite 825, Columbia

  • City sells surplus property on govdeals website

    When a municipality periodically sells its surplus equipment, there is no telling where it’s going to next. It could be Pennsylvania, Ohio or overseas.
    In 2012, the city of Lancaster sold a backhoe via Internet that went to India.
    “Sure did,” said Larry Burgess, vehicle maintenance supervisor for the city of Lancaster “I know it ended up over there somewhere.”

  • Codenamed projects still under consideration

    As county officials continue the transition to an in-house economic development office, work on several prospective projects continues behind the scenes.
    On Monday, Sept. 28, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis discussed several confidential projects under consideration by county officials, all with their own mysterious code names.

  • Kershaw council hears park update

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council may install a new gate to allow students from Kershaw Elementary School to access Stevens Park from Ingram Street during daylight hours.
    At its Monday, Sept. 21, meeting, council directed Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes to explore the possibility of having a gate or gates installed.
    The consensus decision came after council heard an update on needs at the park from Kershaw Community Park Council board member Frances Moreland.

  • County plan for new economic development department moves forward

    Plans are moving forward for Lancaster County’s first in-house economic development office.
    Following Lancaster County Council’s decision in August to rescind funding for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., county officials laid the groundwork for a new internal county department with first nods for two ordinances during council’s Sept. 14 meeting.
    Up first, council approved first reading of an ordinance creating the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development by a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Jack Estridge dissenting.

  • Municipal bodies, LCEDC respond to FOIA requests

    City, county and economic development officials have all acknowledged receiving a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Lancaster News on Sept. 9, though no records have yet to be released.

  • Committee to gather public input on five state agencies

    State representatives are hoping an online survey will allow residents to weigh in on the effectiveness of five state agencies currently being studied, part of an ongoing analysis of the intricacies of South Carolina’s government.
    The S.C. House Legislative Oversight Committee announced earlier this month it is gathering input from residents about five state agencies under review, including the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, School for the Deaf and Blind, Commission for the Blind, Department of Public Safety, and Treasurer’s Office.

  • City moves ahead to condemn home

    Members of Lancaster City Council unanimously voted Tuesday, Sept. 8, to allocate and set aside $12,000 to begin condemnation process on a home at 212 W. Meeting St.
    Mitch Norrell, city attorney, said on June 25, the public works department found a major issue while routinely smoke-testing sewer lines on the parcel. There is a sewer line under the edge of the house that has a storm water drain line directly on top of a sewer line.
    The storm drain, Norrell said, runs from the courthouse parking lot at the corner of Catawba and Dunlap streets.

  • City revises employee policy

    You don’t have to tell Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chuck Small, the bigger the truck, the bigger the repair bill.
    He recently encountered it when a damaged mirror had to be replaced on a fire engine.
    “The mirror was $1,200,” Small said. “You’re talking about opening a door and scratching a mirror.”