May Newsletter

If you have any needs or questions, please contact me anytime by calling my cell phone at 704-408-6155 or email me at tom.audette@yorkcountygov.com. Also, if you know of people who are not receiving my newsletter updates, but they would like to get them, please give them my email address. Thank you!
Monthly Public Zoom Meeting

Thank you for your time in the April 25th public zoom meeting! My next public zoom meeting will be Friday, May 27th at 5 pm.


Topic: District 1 Councilman Tom Audette Monthly Public Zoom Meeting

Time: May 27, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Additional County roads being resurfaced

Good News! The County will be allocating additional funding in this budget cycle to resurface county roads. These are additional roads, above what was already allocated from the C Funds. More to come on this, however below is a possible list of county roads below that may be resurfaced from this additional County fund allocation. 

York County is partnering with Keystone to help address substance abuse in our area

Below is a direct link to the Keystone website. In their you will find all the services, information and other details on the critically important works they are doing. 

https://keystoneyork.org/

Memorial Day Events

Below is a link to some of the many Memorial Day events occurring in our area. Honoring our veterans who gave their lives for our country!

https://www.visityorkcounty.com/events/?skip=0&startDate=05%2F26%2F2022&endDate=06%2F01%2F2022&keyword=Memorial%20Day&sort=date

2023 Proposed York County Budget

York County Council is currently in the middle of budget talks for the 2023 York County budget. Below is a link to the proposed budget that is currently being reviewed an update as budget talks continue.

https://www.yorkcountygov.com/DocumentCenter/View/6698/FY23-York-County-Proposed-Budget?bidId=

A look at what is being made in York County

Below is a video that talks about what is being made in York County. 

https://youtu.be/IPDewq_OVpw


To find out more about economic development in York County please go to:

https://www.yorkcountyed.com/resources

Helping the elderly and disabled in Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Lake Wylie to get access to on demand transportation

We are in the process of getting on demand York County Access Transportation for the elderly and disabled in Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Lake Wylie. Below is a news broadcast I did that gives additional information about this critically needed service for our elderly and disabled. Thank you for everyone's hard work as we work through this process.


https://www.wsoctv.com/news/york-county-pursuing-additional-senior-transportation-services-where-rides-are-now-limited/ecee2ca6-e19b-4e0d-a558-48e331ebb325/

Adding new flashing safety flashing lights on

Rt 160

In an ongoing plan, we are continuing to look for areas throughout the district and county to improve safety on our road. Below is an example of 2 news flashing safety signs (one in each direction) that have been installed. This is an on going effort and please contact me anytime when you see any additional needs and concerns.

Impact of the American Library Association

We continue to see the impact of the American Library Association when it comes to their national agenda and the books they have listed as reviewed to bring into the libraries. This is hindering opposing view point books from getting into libraries. So the York County Libraries have now put together a plan to add in additional books that may have been missed or not listed as reviewed by the American Library Association.

EXPLORE YORK COUNTY BLOG

WHAT'S NEW IN 2022 – NEW RESTAURANTS, BREWERIES AND MORE COMING TO YORK COUNTY

https://www.visityorkcounty.com/blog/post/whats-new-in-york-county-2022/

SCDOT Programmed Project Viewer

Welcome to SCDOT's Interactive Programmed Projects Viewer. This map showcases projects that are actively being developed.

https://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ca1cd69fc88945f4bb465e16765d761c

York County Spring Litter Cleanup

York County Spring Litter Cleanup Program has started as of March 21 and runs through June 21. If interested please call 803 628-3181.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TECHNOLOGY

Resources can be found here for Entrepreneurship and Technology opportunities. Please view this link for more details.

https://www.yorkcountyed.com/grow/entrepreneurship-technology

Arts Council of York County

For the latest update on festivals and events along with art exhibits in York County. https://www.yorkcountyarts.org/

Public Works Department in York County

Here is information on how to contact the Public Works Department in York

County along with the list of responsibilities they support.

https://www.yorkcountygov.com/227/Public-Works

Newest C Fund road resurface/repaving projects in our district I recently got approved - Please continue to send me your needs

  • Dam Road - 3220 feet
  • Molokai Drive - 1000 feet
  • Woodholm Court - 210 feet
  • Sea Island Boulevard - 1540 feet
  • Kilpatrick Lane - 1000 feet
  • Spandril Lane - 955 feet
  • Also some funding towards Dave Gibson BLVD Sidewalks

As an on going effort in managing townhome growth in the area

Because of the impact on our roads and the schools, we have recently been able to stop some potential townhome projects that were being requested for our area.

Residents Helpdesk and York County News
This link will give you access to a residents helpdesk with quick access to helpful resources. You will also see the latest York County news and much more.

Finding road information for York County
This York County site below will give you a wide variety of road information including information on who is the maintenance provider for a road and much more. Below are some other examples of what you will find.

York County Public Safety Site

Here is the York County Public Safety site and it includes a multitude of great information.


Please visit https://www.yorkcountygov.com/694/Public-Safety

Where to find some information on SCDOT project updates
Committee and Board volunteer opportunities for York County
This is great way to get involved and to help keep York County a great place to live!! Just click on the link below - Thank you

Pennies for Progress Update

Pennies for Progress projects that are scheduled, full list please visit below website.

https://www.penniesforprogress.net/

York County Sheriff's Office
Code Red - Community Notification
Be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.
Just click on the link below to get set up for these notifications:


Thank you to all law enforcement officers, along with all other members of the York County Sheriff's Office, for your continued hard work and dedication to keeping the people of your County safe!!!
Roadside litter program
Keep York County Beautiful & Volunteer Programs:
Please contact Alysen Woodruff at 803-628-3181. To report litter on York County roads, please call (803) 628-3059. https://www.palmettopride.org/enforcement/county-information/york-county/
To report littered State roads, we encourage residents to put a request in at www.scdot.org or call the local office at 803.327.6186.
York County Veterans Affairs Office
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 803-909-7525.

Small Business Help - SC Dept. Of Commerce
The South Carolina Department of Commerce has helpful information for small business owners and employees. To learn more, go to

May 16th - York County Council meeting

Consent Agenda:

1. Approved the minutes of County Council - County Council Meeting - May 2, 2022 6:00 PM 2. Approved the minutes of County Council Workshop - Workshop - May 10, 2022 6:00 PM

3. GAVE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF YORK, SOUTH CAROLINA, CHAPTER 51.05, WATER AND SEWER RATES AND CHARGES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, SECTIONS (B)(2) AND (B)(10) IN ORDER TO AMEND THE WATER RATE SCHEDULE AND SEWER RATE SCHEDULE AND TO PROVIDE FOR MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

4. Adopted a RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION POSTING "ENGINE BRAKING PROHIBITED" SIGNS UPON HIGHWAY 161 FROM THE INTERSECTION OF PHILBECK ROAD (S46-44) TO THE INTERSECTION WITH FILBERT HIGHWAY (HIGHWAY 321), IN YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, ADDRESSING A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE.

5. ADOPTED A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION POSTING "ENGINE BRAKING PROHIBITED" SIGNS UPON FILBERT HIGHWAY (HIGHWAY 321) FROM THE INTERSECTION OF ALEXANDER LOVE HIGHWAY WEST (HIGHWAY 5) TO THE INTERSECTION WITH PHILBECK ROAD (S46-44), IN YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, ADDRESSING A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE.

6. Approved an annual renewal for forensic software licensing agreement with Grayshift LLC, of Atlanta GA, for a total cost of 63,990.00.

7. Approved a request from Sheriff Tolson to allow retiring Sheriff's Office Sgt. Wayne Richardson to retain his service weapons.

8. Authorized contract negotiations regarding RFP #2815 for Human Resources Classification and Compensation Consulting Services.

9. Approved award regarding Bid #2819 for York County's Recycling Center Restroom Construction Project to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Carolina Contracting & Investments, Inc., of Lake Wylie SC, for the total cost of $329,427.00.

10. Approved award regarding Bid #2820 for the Exterior Painting of Hightower Hall & Outbuildings at Historic Brattonsville project Hightower Hall Painting Project, to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Positive Outlook Painting LLC of Simpsonville SC, to include alternates one, two, and three, for a total cost of $86,885.00.

11. Approved a procurement exemption to Mansfield Oil for the purchase of gasoline made through the use of the South Carolina State Fuel Card Program for York County vehicles, for a total amount not to exceed $200,000.00.

12. Approved a Mitigation Agreement with Star Investment Group, LLC for road improvements identified within the TIA for a proposed new Bojangles Restaurant at the intersection of Sutton Road South and Country Lodge Road in Fort Mill; referred as Tax Map Numbers 0202001052 and 0202001053.

13. Adopted a RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND CONSENTING TO THE ASSIGNMENT OF CERTAIN FEE IN LIEU OF TAX BENEFITS FROM KINGSLEY #7, LLC TO WAITT KINGSLEY #7, LLC FOR REAL PROPERTY ASSETS LOCATED IN YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

Public Hearing(s): 

1. HELD A PUBLIC HEARING, AMENDED AND APPROVED THIRD READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF YORK, SOUTH CAROLINA, CHAPTER 90.02, “RATES, FEES, AND CHARGES FOR PUBLIC PARK FACILITIES, SERVICES, OR SPONSORSHIP'S” IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH USAGE FEES FOR THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ALLISON CREEK PARK, ESTABLISH A YEAR-ROUND DAY-USE FEE SCHEDULE AND ANNUAL PASSES FOR ALLISON CREEK PARK AND EBENEZER PARK, TO INCREASE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE AND TENT CAMPING RATES; MODIFY AND INCREASE CERTAIN SHELTER RENTAL RATES; TO ADDRESS SPONSORSHIP'S AT FIELD DAY PARK; AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

2. HELD A PUBLIC HEARING AND DEFERRED SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ABOLISH THE SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT KNOWN AS THE YORK COUNTY RECREATION TAX DISTRICT IN YORK COUNTY EFFECTIVE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2022, AS DESCRIBED MORE PARTICULARLY HEREIN; TO SPECIFY THE TIME AND APPLICATION OF THE FINAL LEVY OF TAXES FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE YORK COUNTY RECREATION TAX DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE WINDING DOWN AND CESSATION OF OPERATIONS OF THE YORK COUNTY RECREATION TAX DISTRICT AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION OF THE COUNTY; TO PROVIDE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING; AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.


Old Business:

1. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 22-05 Tax Map # 376-00-00-010 Zoning Request: To rezone from ID to AGC Acres: 7.96 +/- acres Council District: Two (2) - Love Applicant: Earl Terry James Owner: Earl Terry James Location: 1125 Green Pond Road, Clover Planning Commission Date: April 11, 2022 Staff Recommendation: Approve with condition PC Recommendation: Approve with condition (8-0)

2. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 22-06 Tax Map # 460-00-00-004 Zoning Request: To rezone from RUD to AGC Acres: 80.5 +/- acres Council District: Two (2) - Love Applicant: Holly Simmons Owner: Holly Simmons, Carol Simmons, James Beaver Location: 2763 Kingsburry Road, Clover Planning Commission Date: April 11, 2022 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve (8-0)

3. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 22-07 Tax Map # 357-00-00-029 (portion) Zoning Request: To rezone from RUD to LI Acres: 1.69 +/- acres Council District: Three (3) - Winkler

Applicant: Duane Christopher, ASLA Owner: Lawrence Enright and Jonathan Graham Location: 2744 Meadow Road, Clover Planning Commission Date: April 11, 2022 Staff Recommendation: Approve with condition PC Recommendation: Approve with condition (8-0) 4. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 22-08 Tax Map # 655-00-00-011; 655-00-00-057; 655-00-00-083 Zoning Request: To rezone from AGC and RMX-10 to RMX-6 Acres: 10.82 +/- acres Council District: One (1) - Audette Applicant: Tri Pointe Homes Holdings, Inc. Owner: Hinson, Nivens, Hawkins Location: 1876 Coltharp Road, Fort Mill Planning Commission Date: April 11, 2022 Staff Recommendation: Deny PC Recommendation: Deny (7-1 (Duralia))

5. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 22-09 Tax Map # 721-00-00-003 Zoning Request: To rezone from UD to LI Acres: 2,0 +/- acres Council District: Seven (7) - Hamilton Applicant: CPB Properties, LLC. Owner: Christopher and Patricia Bachner Location: 3350 Terry Road, Fort Mill Planning Commission Date: April 11, 2022 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve (8-0)

6. AMENDED AND GAVE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF YORK COUNTY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JULY 1, 2022; TO PROVIDE FOR THE LEVY OF TAXES FOR YORK COUNTY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JULY 1, 2022; TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF TAX REVENUES AND OTHER COUNTY FUNDS; AND PROVIDE FOR OTHER FISCAL MATTERS RELATING TO COUNTY GOVERNMENT.


New Business:

1. Gave First Reading of an Ordinance TO AMEND CHAPTER 154: LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, ELIMINATING THE OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENT IN THE RUD AND RUD-I ZONING DISTRICTS, EXTENDING THE APPLICABILITY OF TREE SAVE SAMPLE SURVEYS, LIMITING PARCELS CREATED BY RECOMBINATION TO A SINGLE ZONING DISTRICT, ELIMINATING A DEVELOPMENT THRESHOLD FOR LIABILITY AGREEMENTS, AND CLARIFYING PROVISIONS RELATED TO UTILITY CONNECTIONS AND OPEN SPACE LOTS; TO AMEND CHAPTER 155: ZONING CODE, REDUCING CERTAIN DESIGN STANDARDS FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES IN THE RSF-30 DISTRICT, ALLOWING BEEKEEPING AS AN ACCESSORY USE TO A SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED DWELLING, REDUCING THE APPLICABILITY OF ACCESSORY STRUCTURE STANDARDS IN THE LAKE WYLIE OVERLAY, MODIFYING THE SCREENING STANDARDS FOR VEHICLE STORAGE AND OUTDOOR STORAGE USES, CLARIFYING MEASUREMENT OF SETBACKS, AND MODIFYING THE DEFINITION OF “DATA CENTER”; TO PROVIDE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING; AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

2. Held a discussion on the method to develop Internal Controls and Accounting Protocols for County Boards not operated as an agency of the County, with the prospect of individual audits of those County Boards, followed by any resulting direction to Management


Committee and Other Reports:

Finance and Operations Committee Meeting, Monday, May 16, 2022 5:30pm Chairman Robert Winkler 


New/Non-agenda Comments

* Council member William "Bump" Roddey reminded everyone of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and asked that they keep in mind those that served in the military.

* Council member Robert Winkler reminded everyone of the Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 29th at the Veterans Memorial Park in York.

* Council member Tom Audette also expressed his gratitude to those who have served in the military. 


Citizen Concerns

* Jonathan Nazeer addressed Council regarding Victory Gardens International. Mr. Nazeer explained their current mission; Victory Gardens at Emmett Scott and their goal of helping citizens of York County obtain fresh food.

* Jennifer Ersek addressed Council regarding her request for assistance in getting high-speed internet to residents in the western part of the County. 


Matters for consideration following Executive Session

* Receipt of Legal Advice/Contractual Matter: Engagement of John T. Lay of Gallivan, White, & Boyd for external legal services

* Receipt of Legal Advice: Pending Litigation Update


Matters for consideration following Executive Session

* Authorized the engagement John T. Lay of Gallivan, White, and Boyd as discussed in Executive Session. 


For addition actions please click on: http://yorkcountysc.iqm2.com/Citizens/calendar.aspx
and then click on actions.
Finding a Covid vaccinator through SCDHEC
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York County Departments
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