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STAR -- SC Government MA 1 3. 2OO4 5 Cox's County Notebook Richland County Council meeting May 4 Bernice Scott Joan Brady Susan Brill Paul Livingston Joseph McEachern Anthony Mizzell Greg Pearce Scott, Joan Brady, Doris Corley, Susan Joseph McEachern, .Anthony Kit Smith, Thelma Tillis, and were present. d Bernice Scott called the meeting to t 6 pro. James Tuten gave the Invocation everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. presented two acres of land to by way of Susan Brill to be used as a or fire substation. They also gave a brief of the relationship they enjoy with the community and how the Citizen's Committee had helped resolve issues problems. was made to Simon Jackson honor- long service to Richland County. Jackson for Animal Control in 1976 and as director. A training program he animal control officers is used and three members of Troop 37 Present and recognized. Greg Pearce had to to find enough pins to give them. You can tell when it's budget time. up to speak during Citizen's Input. was approved with minor changes. of past meetings were approved as record- the county administrator or the council had reports. 'arings on two items were opened and no one signed to speak. All consent and there were a lot of them, were zoning change for the Mungo com- next on the agenda. The county council from concerned citizens about the Court ruling and concerns about possible by the county. The lawsuit itself is wonder why the county was involved with and what liabilities they will to make an agreement work where it is interest of the developer to make the Kit Smith Thelma Tillis James Tuten Doris Corley sewer line as long as possible. I tried to get ques- tions answered from the county attorney, but no one returned my call. Considering recent land acquisitions, the new sewer line will likely run on lots of condemned property and many new subdivi- sions will soon litter the Broad River area. After a brief executive session to discuss the sewer court case and possible problems, the zoning request was approved 10-1. Kit Smith cast the sin- gle dissenting vote. Speeding up The next several items were approved unanimous- ly and with no discussion, as council seemed to be trying to get home in time to watch American Idol. The ordinance to amend chapter 6 of the Richland County Code of Ordinances featured an interesting bit of dialogue. Smith moved to defer the item. Her motion was defeated 10-1. Joan Brady had ques- tions. Her understanding of this item was it would clarify what was permissible now and allow citi- zens to operate in flood zones now as they will be able to under the new LDC. Pearce made a motion to approve. It passed 10-1. Smith, again the lone dissenter, said she felt coun- cil was catering to developers needs and was ignor- ing issues where private citizens were concerned. Scott reminded everyone she was the catalyst for the language change and did it because her con- stituents were having trouble with certain things and didn't want to wait for the new ordinance to take affect. Pearce reminded Smith the council had recently acted on a similar item detrimental to developers, and no one complained. Hobart Road The Hobart Road proposal was once again deferred when council members were unable to determine how they could use "C" fund allocations to pay for the project. Several members objected to taking funds allocated for paving roads in their district and using them for this project. Items brought to Council from the Development and Services Committee, Administration and Finance Committee, Economic Development Committee, and Rules and Appointments Committee were approved without discussion. Finishing up Council went into Executive Session to hear attor- ney Smith's explanation of a contractual matter concer .aing a land purchase and one involving prison health services. After 25 minutes, the meet- ing reconvened and council passed a proposal giv- ing the Conservation Commission $12,000 to buy two plots of land and the power to negotiate a land deal involving an additional two plots of land. All of this land was voluntarily offered to Richland County. After these two items passed, the meeting was adjourned. C.o00ntact your elected officials P.O, Box 147, 29217 _ net; Members of Columbia City Council E.W. Cromartie II- 1607 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204 - 254-7243; Term: 2004, District Two Jim Papadea - P.O. Box 528, Columbia, SC 29202 - 779-4420; Term: 2004; At-Large Hamilton Osborne Jr. - 1201 Main Street, 22nd F100rxC01umbia, SC 29201-3232- 779-3080; h0sb0rne@c0hmbiasc.net; Term: 2006; District Four Anne M. Sinclair- 3601 Monroe Street, 29205 - 253-8773; asinclair@c01umbiasc.net; Term: 2004; District Three Sam Davis - 950 R0sedale Arch, Columbia, SC 29203 - 754-0525; Term: 2006; District One Tameika Isaac - 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205 - 254-8868; Term: 2006; At-Large Richland County Council Doris Corley, 932-2203, District One Paul Livingston, 765-1192, District Four Thelma M. llis, 754-8896, District Three Kit Smith, 254.0542, District Five Joseph McEachern, 786- 8304, District Seven Susan Brill, 788-8516, District Nine James Tuten, 754-3822, District Two L, Gregory Pearce Jr., 783- 8792, District Six Joan B. Brady, vice council chair, 787-9712, District Eight Bernice G. Scott, council chair, 353-8812, District Ten Tony Mizzell, 776-8788, District Eleven