Offices of County Government closed on Friday, Sept. 30 - 10 a.m. weather update
10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30
Ten a.m. on Friday and it’s 55 degrees in Sumter County with 100 percent humidity and winds out of the north at 24 mph, gusting to 32 mph. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Flood Watch, a Hurricane Local Statement and a Tropical Storm Warning. Winds today are forecast to range from 25-35 mph, gusting to 50 mph. A Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected with flash flooding possible and Tropical Storm force winds are possible as well this afternoon. The high today is around 61 and the low tonight is near 58. Saturday’s forecast calls for sunshine and a high around 75 and a low near 58. Sunday’s forecast calls for a high around 74 and low near 57. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain Sunday night. We will keep you updated as the storm develops.
All Recreation & Parks Department games scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, are cancelled. The offices of Sumter County Government will be closed Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. That includes our Recycling Centers and the Landfill.
Nine fifteen on Thursday morning and it’s 59 degrees in Sumter County with 60 percent humidity and winds out of the northeast at 20 mph, gusting to 26 mph.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Tropical Storm Watch, a Hurricane Local Statement and a Special Weather Statement.
Today’s forecast calls for northeast winds from 17 to 21 mph with gusts as high as 31 mph and a high around 69. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain tonight and winds are expected to gust as high as 36 mph.
Tropical storm conditions are possible on Friday. Currently, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect. Increased fire danger also persists as gusty winds and low relative humidity create favorable fire conditions. Outdoor burning is discouraged.
Sumter County Council's Sept. 27, 2022, meeting
Sumter County Council’s Tuesday meeting lasted about 40 minutes and dealt with land use matters and more.
Members of Council approved second reading of the Sumter County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to adopt the Black River Watershed maps and Flood Insurance Study revisions that become effective Oct. 27, 2022, and to update the ordinance to make corrections and clarifications required for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System Program (CRS).
Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator Jeff Derwort spoke to Council about the ordinance. He recommended residents visit www.scfloodimpact.com to stay up to date with flood map changes.
No one spoke during the Public Hearing.
Sumter County Communications Coordinator Joe Perry spoke briefly about the Progress 2022 report, which is available on the county’s website.
Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. reported on an earlier Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting, which produced two motions and two seconds, he said. Full Council voted to direct Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon to draft a letter to Sumter Easy Home LLC to request financial records. Council also voted to approve a $1.3 million loan from the Infrastructure Fund to Thompson Holdings to build a Speculative Building.
Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney reported on the Technology & Personnel meeting, which produced a motion and a second to name Rhonda Carter as the next Register of Deeds for Sumter County. Full Council voted to approve.
Councilman Carlton Washington reported on earlier Public Safety Committee meeting which involved District 1 residents discussing small signs seen proliferating on street corners and at stop signs, which create a lot of clutter. The signs are illegal, he noted, and there are safety concerns, which has involved law enforcement. Removing political signs is not allowed, however, he noted. There was also a presentation about adding staff to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. This type of shortage is seen throughout the state, he noted. Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis also briefed members of Council during an Executive Session, he added.
Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon then spoke about the Infrastructure aspect of the proposed third Capital Penny Sales Tax Referendum. He also noted new web pages were added to the county’s website to inform the public about the proposed projects, which would cost about $107 million.
There are nine areas of Infrastructure, he said, and the paving and resurfacing aspect would see 20.89 miles of dirt roads paved and 7.07 miles of roads resurfaced. This area would cost $16 million and is the largest area of the proposed tax. Purchase of the Gibbs Site has an option in place, and would cost $1.6 million for 76 acres located off U.S. 521 South adjacent to Nova Molecular’s site. Rail access to this site makes it key to the county’s economic development portfolio, he said. There’s $5.2 million total in economic development projects, he noted.
Infrastructure for Black River Industrial Park and Pocotaligo Industrial Park would total $2.6 million and would further our economic development marketing efforts, he said. Construction of a 10,000-square-foot box hangar at the Sumter County Airport would cost $1 million, he said, noting the airport is key to economic development as industry leaders need efficient access. Next he spoke about U.S. 378 safety issues and how $6 million is slated for that to address safety concerns near the intersection of U.S. 15 and Main Street and near Wesmark Plaza. Studies are ongoing but the state and federal government are likely to contribute to this area.
Intersection safety improvements would see $1.5 million spent to improve intersections near schools and community centers. A two-story parking structure is being proposed for the area occupied by the dormant City-County Law Enforcement Center and would cost $6.5 million. Proposed Pinewood projects would see 11 miles of dirt roads paved for $900,000, and new sidewalks and bus shelters for $900,000. The last facet of the infrastructure category is to expand the city and county sidewalks and activity paths around schools and parks for $3.5 million.
Mixon also noted the ‘Stash The Trash’ event is slated for Nov. 5 at the Sumter County Civic Center and hosted by the Sumter Litter Advisory Board.
No one spoke during the Public Comments portion. The meeting began at 6:19 p.m. and adjourned at 6:56 p.m.
Dinkins leads Pledge of Allegiance before County Council meeting
Sumter Veteran Leroy Dinkins led the Pledge of Allegiance before Tuesday’s regular County Council meeting.
Dinkins served our Nation in the U.S. Army from February 1966 to January 1969.
He lives in District 7, which is represented by Eugene Baten.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Dinkins.
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