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Getting used to the new normal in a digitally advanced world, Sumter City Council held its first Zoom Council meeting on Tuesday in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
During the council meeting, council members reviewed two emergency ordinances that complemented Governor Henry McMaster‘s “home or work” executive order that was announced on Monday.
The first ordinance is to urge individuals and businesses to comply with the regulations set out by the McMaster ordinances, who must stay at home, except for the purpose of obtaining essential goods, providing essential services, staying at home. engage in individual outdoor recreational activities that allow social distancing or participate in other essential activities.
The second ordinance was to declare and impose a nighttime curfew for the next 14 days.
From Wednesday, a curfew will be in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., restricting the movement of people except those traveling to work and for health care.
During curfew hours, individuals are advised to stay at home and not to travel freely. Anyone who violates this order is liable to a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $ 100 or 30 days in jail, the same penalty for violating any of McMaster’s virus warrants.
Sumter Police Department Chief Russell Roark said the curfew will not require any personnel changes or additional officers during the curfew as the police department made personnel changes ahead of the orders. ’emergency.
Council unanimously approved the two emergency ordinances, which apply within city limits.
More council news: Sumter receives more funding for community development
In addition, the council unanimously approved the final readings of two annexation ordinances.
The first was an annexation for petitioner Doris Ellen Eber, who requests 100% annexation of the petition of approximately 0.44 acres on the south side of the Pocalla Springs development near Masters Drive.
The plaintiff is requesting annexation to complete the sale of the property to Dunlap Properties, which intends to formally combine the property with Pocalla Springs and build residential lots.
The second annex was for plaintiff Bradford Meadows Development, who requested 100% annexation of the petition for 34.64 acres off Camden Highway / US 521.
The applicant is requesting annexation to receive the municipal services required to develop a single-family residential subdivision project of 54 lots on the property.
The final reading of a community development ordinance amending the eligibility budget for CDBG 2020, an annual fund Sumter receives from the federal government to improve neighborhoods, was approved unanimously.
The town of Sumter received an additional amount of funding. The amount forecast this year was $ 306,499, but the city received $ 312,095. The additional funding is expected to be distributed to Sumter Family YMCA Youth Services and Sumter United Ministries, with the remainder being divided between administration, demolition, home repair and youth employment projects.
A mutual aid agreement between the Sumter Police Department and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was also presented to council to allow two state law enforcement agencies to assist each other in providing services. law enforcement. The board unanimously approved the resolution.
Council also unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a contract with Watts & Associates Construction at a price of $ 204,282 for the East Liberty Street water main replacement project from Harvin Street to Lafayette Drive.