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Sumter County Council: Hospitality fund to be used for joint project at Patriot Park

Following a Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting, the committee made three recommendations on matters that sought Sumter County Council's approval during its Tuesday meeting. The first was to approve the use of $150,000 from the county's … more

Sumter's 2020 census team proud of result amid virus challenges

The 2020 U.S. Census was filled with many challenges thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Internet self-response rates increased, events were canceled, National Census Day was virtual, deadlines were changed, and the president will not receive the … more

Sumter city water, sewer bill increase passes 1st reading

Sumter City Council considered the first reading of an ordinance to amend water and sewer rates during Tuesday's meeting, following a workshop held on Feb. 23. For 10 years, the City of Sumter's water bill remained at a constant rate without a … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council: Public comment may return; litter advisory board approved

No one spoke at two public hearings for a business license renewal deadline and an ordinance regarding a restrictive contract before Sumter County Council on Tuesday. The first public hearing was for the second reading of an ordinance to amend … more

City of Sumter discusses water, sewer bill increase in 2022

The City of Sumter residential water bill has remained at a constant rate without a price increase for 10 years. However, that might change after the city staff and council presumed it's time to update both its residential water and sewer systems … more

Pandemic byproduct: More litter on Sumter roadways

A City of Sumter welcome sign surrounded by a healthy green landscape greets a traveler driving westbound on U.S. 378, but the landscape that follows is less inviting. Medians, ditches, roadsides, sidewalks and sewer drains filled with cans, … more

City of Sumter changes public comment to 'comments by city citizens'

Following a previous meeting where the City of Sumter's format and procedures were questioned, Sumter City Council changed the wording of its public comment period to better clarify its government policy. On the agenda, the public comment item … more

Sumter officers report few community mask compliance complaints

Not going anywhere without a mask in their pocket, car or already on their face is a way of life now for many, but enforcing the issue for those who don't don them remains a decision at the local level. Almost a year has gone by since a face mask … more

Myrtle Beach Highway business to undo county zoning violations in Sumter County

A Myrtle Beach Highway business that began its expansion to heavy industrial in a light industrial zone at 475 Myrtle Beach Highway will have to backtrack its plans after Sumter County Council denied the business' request to rezone. The third … more

Sumter City Council: City to begin Phase 2 Palmetto Tennis Center construction

The Palmetto Tennis Center will begin its Phase II construction after Sumter City Council authorized its completion. Council unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the completion of Phase II, which will include the installation of eight … more

Myrtle Beach Highway business expands without planning process in place

A Myrtle Beach Highway business requested to rezone from light industrial to heavy industrial to expand its business legally after it already began its expanding operations. Sumter County Council held a public hearing for the request's second … more

City of Sumter to clarify public meeting procedures

After several mishaps at a Sumter City Council public hearing, the City of Sumter plans to clarify council meeting procedures to prevent "unintended consequences" from reoccurring. The public hearing held on Tuesday was to receive comments on the … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council Hospitality fee bond proposed for expedited city projects

The City of Sumter has plans to expedite a handful of projects with a Hospitality Fee Revenue Bond. The first reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of a City of Sumter Hospitality Fee Revenue Bond for 2021 not exceeding … more
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