• City OKs $367,000 for wastewater fixes

    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved two contract amendments and five new contracts totaling almost $367,000 on Dec. 8, all with the engineering firm hired to assure compliance with the municipality’s EPA consent order.
    Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles said five of the expenditures are directly tied to the August 2013 consent order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving the city’s wastewater-collection system.
    A consent order is a negotiated agreement that obligates a party to make specific improvements.

  • School building projects to total $199M

    After reviewing a plethora of school needs across Lancaster County, school district officials settled this week on $199 million as the amount of a proposed capital projects bond.
    The largest items on the bond list are two new schools in Indian Land – a high school and an elementary – though the list also includes numerous projects for schools throughout the county.
    Details about the projects, and a final bond amount to eventually present to voters, were revealed during a special Lancaster County school board meeting Dec. 8.

  • Technicality puts McClancy rezoning back on table

    Despite a vote to deny an industrial rezoning for McClancy Seasoning last month, a procedural technicality will allow the issue to be heard once again during Lancaster County Council’s Dec. 14 meeting.
    The rezoning, which has drawn ire from hundreds of Panhandle residents during the last few months, was brought back to council’s Nov. 23 meeting when Councilman Steve Harper asked for a motion to reconsider.

  • City upgrading new all-purpose rescue truck

    Lancaster Fire Department’s rescue truck – Rescue 1 – is the most used apparatus in the fleet.
    It not only answers emergency calls in the corporate city limits, but also provides mutual aid to the county in an area from Steele Hill to Heath Springs. In this year’s first 11 months, Rescue 1 responded to 530 calls.
    After a unanimous commitment from Lancaster City Council, there will be an upgraded Rescue 2 in the future to help reduce Rescue 1’s workload.

  • Deputies’ low pay keeping jobs open

    A lack of competitive salaries is holding down staffing levels at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and county officials are exploring ways to encourage employee recruitment and retention.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Dec. 4 he is facing a good news, bad news scenario when it comes to keeping his department fully staffed in the wake of the county’s rapidly growing population.

  • Let’s set goals for Lancaster, manager says

    When he was hired last month as Lancaster city manager, Flip Hutfles said one of his first goals was setting goals, and he is seeking feedback from city council, city employees and the public to do that very thing.
    He sees a direct relationship between clear goals and the success of any organization, and that includes the day-to-day operation of municipal government.
    “I believe it helps us move in the right direction,” Hutfles said. “That way, I can stay on the same page.”

  • Lancaster gets $1.5 million sewer grant

    The city of Lancaster has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to pay for about 75 percent of the much-needed sewer system upgrades in the West Arch Street area.
    While it has not yet been determined where the remaining $465,000 to pay for the other 25 percent of the upgrades will come from, accepting the grant is a no-brainer, said Lancaster City Finance Director James Absher.
    “We still aren’t going to turn down $1.5 million,” he said. “We’ll get it from somewhere.”

  • McClancy request back on the table

    A rezoning request that may lead to some type of expansion at McClancy Seasoning is back on the table, or at least, talking about it is.
    After voting 4-3 earlier this month to deny the rezoning request, on Nov. 23, members of Lancaster County Council passed two motions on the matter.

  • Council discusses residency requirement again

    A month after a proposed residency requirement for county department heads stalled, county leaders resurrected the idea during Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 9 meeting.
    Councilman Larry Honeycutt, one of the council members who brought the idea back for consideration, said it should be a major condition of employment that county managers and directors live within the county’s borders.
    “Employees who have an impact on how our tax revenue is spent should be residents of Lancaster County,” Honeycutt contended.

  • Unplanned repairs impact Kershaw budget

    KERSHAW – There are some things you just can’t budget and plan for, no matter how much you’d like to.
    One of them is damage from lightning strikes.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Joe Boyes told town council this week the 2015-16 budget for the Kershaw Recreation Center is out of balance, thanks to Mother Nature.
    The matter came up during the administrator’s monthly financial report at the Nov. 16 town council meeting.