Sumter City Council approves $6 million bond for 3 projects

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 3/22/18

City of Sumter's plans to improve a few of its facilities and reimburse its general funds are much closer to the starting line after Sumter City Council approved final reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to exceed $6 million during its …

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Sumter City Council approves $6 million bond for 3 projects

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City of Sumter's plans to improve a few of its facilities and reimburse its general funds are much closer to the starting line after Sumter City Council approved final reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to exceed $6 million during its meeting on Tuesday.

Council voted to approve second, and final reading to issue the general obligation bond that will be used to fund three projects: about $800,000 to reimburse the city's general fund account for improvements made to the Alice Drive fire station last year; $4 million to finish the Public Safety complex on Lafayette Drive, where the police and fire departments will be relocated; and $1.2 million to engineer and install a new fiber loop to link city-owned buildings to secure data usage necessary for city operations.

A previously mentioned fourth project - estimated to cost about $3 million - to construct a new utility billing department building at Bartlette and Harvin streets to house the water department will most likely not be considered for the bond, according to city attorney Eric Shytle, because all four projects exceed $6 million.

Property transfer to add entrance

The ordinance to transfer a 14-feet-by-30-feet-long portion of the Liberty Center, 12 W. Liberty St., will be used to create a second entrance and exit for property at 20 W. Liberty. A report regarding the use of the property at 20 W. Liberty St. was not available by press time.

Crosswell group recognized

City council approved a resolution recognizing Crosswell Neighborhood Association - consisting of residents of the area - as an official neighborhood association in the city. The association's corresponding neighborhood includes the area between East Calhoun Street, Oswego Highway, North Pike East, Allen Drive, Phillips Street and North Main Street.

According to Crosswell Neighborhood Association's bylaws, the nonprofit's purpose is to "preserve and improve the character of the Crosswell Community and surrounding areas" by combating neighborhood deterioration, promoting public safety, establishing an open line of communication with local agencies and providing an open process for all members of the neighborhood to get involved in its initiatives.

Fair Housing Month recognized

In other news, council approved a resolution designating April as Fair Housing Month. The month is named in recognition of the Fair Housing Act - Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 - that protects Americans from housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.

Sumter City Council must give two majority approval votes before an ordinance is passed. Resolutions require one majority approval vote.