GREENWOOD — County Council’s regularly scheduled meeting lasted 2 ½ hours Tuesday evening, but less than 30 minutes was in open session.
Council met in closed session for about two hours, discussing a negotiation incident to proposed contractual agreements and to receive legal advice relating to a pending, threatened or potential claim or other matters covered by attorney-client privilege.
Upon returning to open session, council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance authorizing the benefits of a multi-county industrial or business park to be made available to an anonymous entity (Code Named: Project ReCap) for a certain fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement between Greenwood County and Project ReCap, along with certain special source credits in connection with the fee agreement.
Council tabled a resolution in connection with the same project.
Also after the closed session, council agreed to waive attorney-client privilege in regard to the legal matter.
In other business, council approved three changes to the county zoning ordinance.
One of the changes reduces the sign standards in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial zone. Previously, a sign of up 200 square feet with a maximum height of 35 feet was allowed, but that has been reduced to a maximum sign size of 75 square feet with a maximum height of 10 feet.
Another change puts specified wording concerning streetscaping in proximity of utilities. When landscaping requirements come in conflict with existing utilities, developers are asked to provide the required landscaping in other areas of the development.
Third, the section of the ordinance dealing with parking standards for automobile, truck and motorcycle repair or service uses was changed, with only Council Member Steve Brown objecting. The change reduces the parking standard from one space per 150 square feet of gross floor area to one space per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area plus one space for each bay or stall.
Council also gave first reading to amend the ordinance governing agenda requests at council meetings. The major change in the ordinance would allow members of the public to speak about any listed item on the agenda for a given day.
Lary Davis, general manager of Northland Communications in Greenwood, appeared before council to present the county with its franchise fee for the fourth quarter, which amounted to $42,277.12. He also thanked council for its dedication and work for the community.
Council made a presentation to former chairman Robbie Templeton for his years of service. Mark Allison replaced Templeton as chairman in January.
In other business, council approved a request to purchase a new asphalt roller for the road maintenance department from Blanchard Machinery Co. for $31,380.08.
Also, council approved the purchase of two Ford Explorers from Ballentine Ford for $32,874.25 each for the sheriff’s department.