August Newsletter

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Monthly Public Zoom Meeting
 

Thank you for your time in the July 28th public zoom meeting! My next public zoom meeting will be Thursday, August 31st at 5:00 pm.

Tom Audette is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: York County District 1 Councilman Tom Audette public zoom meeting

Time: Aug 31, 2023 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Update on York County

York County Council latest meeting (August 21st)

August 21st York County Council meeting

Consent Agenda:

1. Approved the minutes of County Council Workshop – Workshop – Jul 11, 2023 6:00 PM

2. Approved the minutes of County Council – County Council Meeting – Jul 17, 2023 6:00 PM 3. Approved the minutes of County Council – Special Called Meeting – Aug 7, 2023 6:00 PM 4. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 23-21 Tax Map # 156-00-00-012; -041 Zoning Request: To rezone from NC to RC Acres: 1.78 acres Council District: Three (3) – Adkins Applicant: Chetan and Manisha Patel Owner: Chetan and Manisha Patel Location: 4020 Black Highway, York Planning Commission Date: June 12, 2023 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve 

5. Rezoning Action: Gave Second Reading Case # 23-25 Tax Map # 721-00-00-013 Zoning Request: To rezone from UD to GC Acres: 7.60 acres Council District: Seven (7) – Cloninger Applicant: Warren Norman Company Owner: CV Hwy 21 LLC Location: 3151 Highway 21, Fort Mill Planning Commission Date: June 12, 2023 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve 6. APPROVED SECOND 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 A FEE SCHEDULE FOR THE BETHEL LAKE WYLIE LAND ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION PARK DISTRICT; TO MODIFY THE EXISTING FEE SCHEDULE INCLUDING NEW FEES FOR FIELD DAY PARK; TO INCREASE THE RESERVATION FEE FOR CAMPING AND SHELTER RESERVATIONS AT EBENEZER PARK AND ALLISON CREEK PARK; TO ESTABLISH CROSS COUNTRY COURSE EVENT FEES FOR CATAWBA BEND PRESERVE; TO ESTABLISH FOOD TRUCK VENDOR FEES FOR ALL PARKS; AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

7. ADOPTED A RESOLUTION ACKNOWLEDGING AND CONSENTING TO THE TRANSFER OF CERTAIN FEE IN LIEU OF TAX SPONSOR AFFILIATE’S BENEFITS FROM 1799 INNOVATION POINT, LLC TO SUNBELT RENTALS, INC.; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF THE COUNTY’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE RELATED FILOT TRANSFER AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

8. Approved nominated applicants for service for Boards & Commissions from the Finance & Operations Committee meeting on July 17, 2023: Isabella Bertelli, Keep York County Beautiful (District 7), Scott Kendrick, Flint Hill Fire Tax District Board, Ira Coltharp, Flint Hill Fire Tax District Board, Margaret Parson-Willins, Culture and Heritage Commission (District 5), and Joel Wood, York County Natural Gas Board.

9. Approved a Resolution to support York County Engineering in their submittal for a grant application for funding from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority pledging matching local funds for infrastructure grants for York County, and other matters related thereto.

10. Dispensed with referral to a committee and approved a Resolution to York County supporting the South Carolina American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission and recognizing and approving the York County 250 Committee. 

11. Provided First Reading by Title Only of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 31, COUNTY POLICIES, OF THE YORK COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES BY ADDING SECTION 31.12, PARKING AND TOWING, TO AUTHORIZE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND CERTAIN COUNTY EMPLOYEES WHOSE OFFICES ARE LOCATED ON COUNTY OWNED OR CONTROLLED PROPERTY TO POST NOTICES ON OR ADJACENT TO PARKING SPACES SITUATED IN APPROPRIATE PROXIMITY TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICES THAT THE SPACES ARE RESERVED SOLELY FOR EMPLOYEES AND/OR INDIVIDUALS VISITING THE OFFICES ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS; TO AUTHORIZE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS TO DIRECT THAT VEHICLES IN VIOLATION OF THE RESERVATION NOTICE BE TOWED AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE; AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

12. Approved annual Worker’s Compensation insurance premium for use by York County’s Volunteer Firefighters, with Liberty Mutual Insurance of Salt Lake City UT, for a total cost of $38,787.00.

13. Approved the Vehicle Replacement Committee’s recommendations for vehicle replacement authorizing staff to prepare specifications and seek procurement of replacement vehicles.

14. Approved alternative methods of procurement regarding the purchase of vehicles and equipment in FY 2023-2024.

15. Approved declaration of sixty-seven County owned vehicles as County surplus.

16. Approved the purchase of one new, unused 2023 Ford F250 4×4 crew cab truck with 9′ flatbed body via state approved contract, from Santee Automotive of Manning, SC, for the total cost of $56,950.00.

17. Approved purchase of two, new, unused, 2025 Autocar DC64 Tandem Dump truck w/12 cubic yard dump body via cooperative purchase, from Vanguard Truck Centers of Charlotte NC, for the total cost of $427,850.00.

18. Approved award regarding dumpster services for the Ft Mill Water and Sewer locations for an annual cost of $34,440 for a three-year term, for a total cost of $103,320.00, to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Republic Services of Charlotte of Fort Mill, SC.

19. Approved the purchase of one new, unused 2023 Ford F250 4×4 extended cab truck with SWAB animal transport body via state approved contract, from Santee Automotive of Manning SC, for the total cost of $69,845.00.

20. Approved fire hose testing services by Equipment Testing Specialists dba Mill Dam Enterprises, Inc. of Canton NC, for use by the York County Fire Services Department, for a total cost of $45,200.00.

21. Approved the purchase of one new, unused 2024 Ford F150 4X4 crew cab truck via state approved contract, to Santee Automotive of Manning, SC, for the total cost of $48,052.00.

22. Approved the purchase of one new, unused 2024 Ford F250 4X4 crew cab via state approved contract, from Santee Automotive of Manning, SC, for the total cost of $52,140.00. 23. Authorized the renewal of maintenance and subscriptions with Central Square Technologies in the amount of $275,561.65.

24. Authorized annual maintenance and hosting for websites with CivicPlus in the amount of $37,486.32

25. Authorized annual maintenance agreement with PCI, LLC, of Tampa FL for York County’s tax billing and collections system, for a total cost of $175,500.00

26. Authorized the purchase of replacement batteries for the UPS in the Government Center’s Data Center, through Eaton Corporation, in the amount of $39,493.70.

27. Approved consulting services for use by the Coroner’s Office to Forensic Pathology Consultants, for a total cost not to exceed $100,000.00.

28. Approved toxicology testing of decedent’s for use by the Coroner’s Office to Forensic Science Network, for a total cost not to exceed $40,000.00

29. Approved toxicology testing services for use by the Coroner’s Office to NMS Labs, for a total amount of $60,000.00.

30. Approved autopsies to be performed by York Pathology for the Coroner’s Office, for a total cost not to exceed $250,000.00.

31. Approved Change Order with Scaffolding Solutions for rental extension of shoring at the McCelvey Center through December 31, 2023, in the amount of $20,732.61.

32. Declared 0.378 +/- acres of County-owned real estate as surplus and authorizing the sale of property identified as Parcel Number 070-10-05-033, located at 216 East Jefferson Street in York, SC.

33. Approved purchase order for procurement of technologies, chemistries and instrumentation from ThermoFisher Technologies/Life Technologies of South San Francisco CA, for an amount not to exceed $100,000.00.

34. Approved funding for RFP #2724 armed security services at York County’s Historic Courthouse and Family Court, by Metropolitan Security Services Inc. dba Walden Security of Chattanooga TN for FY24, for a total cost not to exceed $125,000.00.

35. Approved Sheriff’s Office Forensic Biology Laboratory to enter into a three-year software services contractual agreement with Ideagen PLC. The cost of the three-year contract is $40,893.36 and will be completely funded by the CEBR grant program over the lifetime of the contract with no match

36. Approved NV5′ s Contract Amendment No. 2 totaling $197,176.76 for Project 17228-011: Flint Hill Street Community Drainage Improvement.

37. Approved Transystems’ Contract Amendment No. 6 For $788,491.36 for additional engineering services to finalize the design of Project 03020-012: Mt. Gallant Road Widening from Dave Lyle to Anderson.

38. Approved change order #1 with Eagle Construction in the amount of $700,000.00 for Pennies Project 11149-008j: FMSB/Spratt Intersection.

39. Approved a Memorandum of Agreement with SCDOT to relocate York County’s water and sewer lines in conjunction with the SCDOT 1-77 at SC 160 project. (Estimated at $400,000.00)

40. Approved York County’s annual insurance coverage by the State Fiscal Accountability Insurance Reserve Fund, for a total cost of $1,666,579.99, for fiscal year 2023-2024.

41. Approved and authorized acceptance of an insurance settlement regarding a wrecked 2015 York County Ford Explorer SUV.

42. Approved contract renewal (RFP #2684) with Carolina Bio Cleanup of Rock Hill SC, regarding transport services for the Coroner’s Office, for a total cost not to exceed $260,000.00 for FY 2023-2024.

43. Approved a contractual amendment for the preventative maintenance and service of HVAC systems in County facilities with MSS Solutions LLC of Charlotte NC, for an annual cost of $209,083.00.

44. Approved contractual agreement regarding RFP #2847 for York County on call disaster debris management services with Southern Disaster Recovery LLC, of Greenville SC.

45. Approved contractual agreement regarding RFP #2848 for York County on call disaster debris monitoring services with Thompson Consulting Services LLC, of Maitland FL.

46. Approved amendment to contractual agreement with Governmentjobs.com, Inc. dba/NEOGOV, regarding RFP #2849 for the additional purchase of a background check integration module to the Comprehensive Talent Management Software program, in the amount of $6,515.19, for a total cost of $94,965.19.

47. Approved contractual agreement regarding RFQ #2853 for professional architectural services with Stewart Cooper Newell of Gastonia NC, for the shower replacement project at the Moss Justice Facility, for a total cost of $61,040.00.

48. Authorized contract negotiations regarding RFP #2864 for the purchase of a comprehensive vehicle tracking system

49. Rejected all bids received regarding Bid #2870 for the US 21/SC 51 Road Improvements project.

50. Approved award regarding Bid #2880 for the installation of digital water meters to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Fortiline, Inc., of Concord NC, for a total cost of $744,000.

51. Approved award regarding Bid #2883 for the SC 160 East Construction Project to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Boggs Contracting Inc., of Monroe NC, for a total cost of $5,932,064.56.

52. Approved the purchase of Safariland Body Armour for use by the Sheriff’s Office via state contract, for a total cost of $60,000.00.

53. Approved a sole source procurement of supplies and chemistries from ThermoFisher Technologies/Life Technologies of South San Francisco CA, for an amount not to exceed $100,000.00.

Public Hearing(s): 

1. Rezoning Action: Held a Public Hearing and Gave First Reading Case # 23-27 Tax Map # 723-00-00-082 Zoning Request: To rezone from UD to OA Acres: 2.48 acres Council District: One (1) – Audette Applicant: Michael Johnson Owner: Cabela’s Wholesale, Inc Location: Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill Planning Commission Date: July 10, 2023 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve

2. Rezoning Action: Held a Public Hearing and Gave Third Reading Case # 23-29 Tax Map # 562-01-01-014 Zoning Request: To rezone from NC to GC Acres: 2.1 acres Council District: Two (2) – Love Applicant: 1201 Village Harbor, LLC Owner: 1201 Village Harbor, LLC Location: 1201 Village Harbor Drive, Lake Wylie Planning Commission Date: July 10, 2023 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve 

3. HELD A PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVED SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF A FEE IN LIEU OF TAX AND INCENTIVE AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA (THE “COUNTY”), SILFAB SOLAR CELLS SC INC., AND SILFAB SOLAR PV SC INC., COMPANIES PREVIOUSLY AND COLLECTIVELY IDENTIFIED AS “PROJECT MOUNTIE”, WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN PROPERTY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY, IN THE COUNTY, WHEREBY SUCH PROPERTY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF AD VALOREM TAXES; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

APPROVED [4 to 3]

MOVANT: Watts Huckabee

SECOND: William “Bump” Roddey

AYES: Tommy Adkins, William “Bump” Roddey, Christi Cox, Watts Huckabee

NAYS: Tom Audette, Allison Love, Debi Cloninger

Old Business:

1. Rezoning Action: Deferred Second Reading Case # 23-19 Tax Map # 618-00-00-056; -057; -058 Zoning Request: To rezone from RUD to LI Acres: 10.67 +/- acres Council District: Five (5) – Cox Applicant: J & M Southern Properties, LLC Owner: Little Giant Food Stores Location: Mt. Holly Road, Rock Hill Planning Commission Date: April 10, 2023 Staff Recommendation: Approve PC Recommendation: Approve

2. Gave third reading of AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 30.32 OF THE YORK COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, “CONDUCT OF MEETINGS,” IN ORDER TO AMEND SUBSECTIONS (D) AND (F) TO CLARIFY THE PROCESS AND PROCEDURE RELATIVE TO ALL REQUESTS FOR APPEARANCES AND CITIZEN CONCERNS BEFORE COUNCIL AND USE OF THE PUBLIC FORUM PORTION OF THE AGENDA, TO SPECIFY THE PARAMETERS AND REQUIREMENTS INCIDENT TO ALL REQUESTS, TO CLARIFY THE LIMITATIONS IMPOSED UPON APPEARANCES, AND PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE SECTION OF THE AGENDA IN WHICH TO ADDRESS COUNCIL ON A SUBJECT WHEN AN APPEARANCE OR CITIZEN CONCERN MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE OR APPROPRIATE, TO AUTHORIZE COUNTY MANAGEMENT TO PROVIDE, AND PERIODICALLY UPDATE AS NECESSARY, A POLICY DISTILLING THE REQUIREMENTS SET OUT HEREIN RELATIVE TO ALL APPEARANCES, PUBLIC FORUM, AND CITIZEN CONCERNS BEFORE COUNCIL, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO

New Business:

1. Adopted A PROCLAMATION OF THE YORK COUNTY COUNCIL STATING ITS SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PENNIES FOR PROGRESS SC-557 ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT (PROJECT NO. 11149-009) PURSUANT TO THE APPROVED DESIGN PLANS REFERENCED IN THE LETTER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (“SCDOT”) DATED SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY TO PROCEED TO CONSTRUCTION.

2. Approved award regarding Bid #2882 for improvements to Ebenezer Park Phase II to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder

3. Authorized a venue agreement at Ebenezer Park to film an episode of “Road Trip America”.

Committee and Other Reports:  

* Finance & Operations Committee Meeting, Monday, August 21, 2023, 5:30pm Chairwoman Allison Love

Citizen Concerns:

* Mary Williams, 313 Squirrel Lane, Lake Wylie, South Carolina addressed Council regarding her concerns with the approved Highway 557 project and her concerns with the dissolution of the Bethel Lake Wylie Preservation Park District Board. Ms. Williams introduced Robin Currence, 1919 Lincoln Road, York, South Carolina. Ms. Currence explained that she was a previous vendor at the Goat Farm Market events and having community events is a wonderful thing and would like to have County Council support any community events, no matter where they take place. Ms. Williams also requested that the events be opened back up in order to have events in September and October. Ms. Williams also offered her assistance to staff to help with the process of allowing events again. 

New/Non-agenda Comments:

Executive Session:

* Receipt of Legal Advice: Litigation Update

Matters for consideration following Executive Session:

Update from the Red Cross on Hurricane Idalia

Idalia is now a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph. Conditions are expected to remain stormy with tropical storm force winds and torrential rains over the next several hours and overnight as Idalia moves closer to the Carolinas. As of 1700 hours, the center of Idalia is located approx. 40 miles west of Savannah, GA. Idalia is currently moving on a bearing of 36 degrees at a rate of 21 mph. The central pressure has risen to 984 mb.

The American Red Cross has mobilized human and material resources and we are prepared to provide assistance to those in need. If you or any family are in the path of this storm, please take the necessary safety precautions and check updated forecast throughout the day. Information can be found at www.redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Upcoming 5k for Fostering the Family

at Allison Creek Park!

Fight for Families 5k (runsignup.com)

SCDOT News Release

York County Public Safety Communications / 9-1-1

Main site – Public Safety Communications / 9-1-1 | York, SC (yorkcountygov.com)

Also click the picture below to watch the video

York County Sheriff’s Office Operation Diamondback

Operation Diamondback: During week 3 of our summer long crime suppression results. Op. Diamondback takes a proactive approach to deal with the B&E auto and car theft problem throughout York County. 

Below is the link to the York County Sheriff’s office website. Thank you to the York County Sheriff’s office for your dedication and hard work in protecting the people of York County!          

York County Sheriffs, SC | Official Website

Passport Application Acceptance Facility

Current Hours:

WALK-INS ONLY 

MONDAY – THURSDAY 8:30 AM TO 11:00 AM

WALK-INS ONLY 

FRIDAY 8:30 AM TO 10:00 AM 

Physical Address: 

933 Heckle Blvd Suite 101

Rock Hill, SC 29732

Phone: 803-909-1892

Fax: 803-909-1897

Website – Passport Application Acceptance Facility | York, SC (yorkcountygov.com)

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ABOVE HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO HIGH DEMAND. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICE TO FIND OUT WAIT TIMES OR FOR APPOINTMENTS AS STAFF IS UNABLE TO ANSWER CALLS WHILE PROCESSING APPLICATIONS. 

 WE ARE ACCEPTING WALK-INS ONLY AT THIS TIME.

PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH STAFF AS WE ARE EXPERIENCING A HIGHER THAN NORMAL NUMBER OF APPLICANTS AT THIS TIME. WAIT TIME CAN BE IN EXCESS OF 4 HOURS. MESSAGES LEFT MAY NOT GET RETURNED FOR SEVERAL DAYS AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PATIENCE! 

 

THERE ARE 2 SEPARATE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR PASSPORT: 

  1. The Passport Application Fee must be a check or money order to the U.S. Department of State. We cannot accept cash for this fee. This fee varies due to age and preferences.
  2. The Execution Fee of $35 is to the York County Clerk of Court and can be paid by credit/debit card, money order, local check or cash. We do not accept out of state checks for this fee.
  3. Passport Photo – $10.00. 

Please note, we are a Passport Acceptance Facility and not a Passport Agency.

What to Bring:

Please visit to the U.S. Department of State website for more information regarding what you will need to bring with you before you arrive. We cannot accept your application if you do not have all of the required documentation.

For Passport information and forms please click the below link:

PASSPORT INFORMATION AND FORMS

York County Human Resources Department

Functions

Responsible for recruiting new employees for vacant positions, managing training, benefit and classification/compensation programs for existing York County Employees and processing a bi-weekly payroll for 1100 employees.

Responsibilities

  • Recruit applicants for vacant positions for all county departments
  • Screen applicants for minimum qualifications for positions
  • Manage benefits programs for employees (i.e. medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance coverages; S.C. Retirement, S.C. Deferred Compensation etal. )
  • Implement and maintain employee sick/vacation/holiday and compensatory leave policies
  • Manage and oversee implementation of Federal laws governing Family & Medical Leave
  • Input and process biweekly payroll according to county policies and Federal Fair Labor Standards to ensure employees are paid appropriately
  • Manage a classification/compensation program for employees which provides job descriptions and appropriate pay levels based on skill and educational requirements
  • Manage an employee training program to which assists employees in gaining information to improve their technical and conceptual skills to improve their overall performance
  • Provide assistance to employees and retirees as needed

For further information please visit our website: Human Resources | York, SC (yorkcountygov.com)

Board of Voter Registration & Elections Office

of York County, SC

Location

York County Government Center

Level 1, Suite 1201

6 South Congress St

York SC 29745

Phone: (803) 684-1242 or (803) 909-7194

Fax: (803) 684-7801

Email: elections@yorkcountygov.com

Resources

Please go to the below website to get additional information:

Voter Registration & Elections | York, SC (yorkcountygov.com)

YORK COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

ADOPT

Adoptions are by appointment basis. Call 803-628-3190 and speak with an Adoption Counselor to find your perfect match. A Counselor will set up a time for you to meet your best furry friend. You can see pets available for adoption above. Follow this link to complete an Adoption Survey: York County Animal Shelter Adoption Survey

 

 RECLAIM

 The shelter staff is available Monday – Friday between 10 AM to 4:30 PM to reclaim your pet. Please be prepared with your proof of ownership. This includes current pictures and either current vet records or your yearly rabies tag or certificate. 

 

 STRAY 

 Stray dogs are accepted Monday- Friday between 11:30 AM and 3 PM. A valid York County ID must be presented at the time of drop off. Please go to the blue door facing the parking lot and ring the bell to the right of the door for service. 

Additional information please visit – Animal Services | York, SC (yorkcountygov.com)

York County Fire

Functions

York County Fire offers residents a wide range of fire prevention and fire protection services. Employees are trained and equipped to provide fire safety inspections, fire investigations, and public fire education programs for people of all ages.

Because volunteers are crucial to the rural fire system, the department supplies the County’s 16 volunteer and combination fire departments with in-depth firefighting instruction at its training facility on McFarland Road in York, South Carolina. Additionally, the department’s award-winning fire truck building and maintenance program continues to earn a reputation for excellence by saving tax dollars and by providing state-of-the-art equipment.

Additional information please visit – York County Fire | York, SC (yorkcountygov.com)

York County Geographic Information Systems

If you need help with:

  • Getting mapping quality property lines or other parcel based information (e.g., owner, school district, jurisdiction, or taxes), please use our