BY SHELBIE GOULDING
The proposal from John Richard, the authorized agent and business enterprise operator, had its initial reading just before Sumter City Council. He applied to rezone the three.27-acre home at 410 S. Key St. It is presently zoned light industrial-warehouse.
Richard stated he desires to bring the cannabis business to the City of Sumter and operate with its neighborhood farmers. He stated he walked door-to-door to speak with residents in the location about his business enterprise and had a petition for them to sign approving his rezoning.
The organizing commission advised approval of the request.
Councilwoman Ione Dwyer stated the business enterprise depreciates residents’ home worth and that the neighborhood does not want the business enterprise in their back yard.
Dwyer also stated she is not against the business enterprise itself but that it does not will need to be in the place. She stated one thing of greater use to the neighborhood could be constructed there.
Councilman Calvin Hastie, who represents a lot of South Sumter, stated location residents do not want the business enterprise in their neighborhood.
Through a public hearing, 5 spoke in favor of the rezoning, and six spoke in opposition. Only city residents are permitted to speak in the course of public hearings.
Richard’s father, Marius Richard, spoke in favor and stated it really is an chance to strengthen and clean up the location.
Other businessmen spoke in favor of the manufacturer bringing spurring much more business enterprise and financial development to the city.
A lady wearing a yellow T-shirt that stated South Sumter Neighborhood Beautification Association Inc. spoke for her fellow residents also wearing the T-shirts.
She stated the neighborhood does not want a manufacturer getting placed in the location. It could go outdoors the city or outdoors of South Sumter.
“We reside right here, and we’re interested in our neighborhood,” she stated. “I am determined. They are not going to take my street.”
Hastie told the lady and these in opposition of the rezoning that forming a neighborhood association and coming with each other in unity will assistance resolve troubles that impact their neighborhood, such as this rezoning.
“Let these persons know we are fighting back,” Dwyer stated. “The only way to do this is to do it with each other.”
Council deferred the rezoning to have additional time to talk about the request. The city needs two readings to be authorized for a rezoning request to get passed.
Mayor Joe McElveen and Councilman Steven Corley had been absent for the meeting.
Request produced to bring tailor shop to Oxford Street
A public hearing and initial reading was held for a possible garment alteration and tailor shop on Oxford Street for applicant Hugh Betchman Jr.
1 city resident spoke in favor and stated he’s “often in favor of a tailor shop.”
The request is to amend the expert workplace district to add garment alteration and repair shops and tailor shops, except custom or merchant tailors, as permitted makes use of.
Council unanimously authorized initial reading.
City to match grant for plan to attract initial-time guests
A resolution requesting a neighborhood match from the City of Sumter of at least $three,750, which equals the minimum 15% neighborhood match essential by the Municipal Association of South Carolina, to assistance the city’s application for a $25,000 Hometown Financial Improvement Grant was produced.
The grant and funding will be utilised for the City of Sumter’s Wayfinding Signage Trailblazer plan, which is an vital important to improve the targeted traffic of initial-time guests in Sumter.
Hastie stated this would be a terrific asset to the neighborhood, specifically in the South Sumter location.
Council unanimously authorized to commit to the grant.
Sewer appropriate of way project authorized
A resolution authorized a contract with V.B. Hawthorne and Son for $141,251.96 for the Sanitary Sewer Proper-of-Way Clearing Project for this fall.
V.B. Hawthorne was the second lowest bid and was advised for approval as the neighborhood bidder was only three% greater than Tom Brigman Contractors Inc. and agreed to match the low bid of $141,251.96.
Council unanimously authorized the contract.