The Van Wyck News

Volume 2 Number 10 The Web – Based Newspaper of the Van Wyck Community             15 November 2010

County Council to Form Indian Land Fire District, Impose New $350,000 Tax
Advisory Referendum 18 Jan 2011
    At its 26 October meeting County Council adopted a proposal of the Indian Land Action Council and began the process that will, if completed, dismantle existing special tax districts in Sun City, Belair and Edenmoor and implement a new Indian Land Fire District. The ordinance will also impose a tax of $75 per year per dwelling and $75.00 per 2500 square feet occupied by a business for all dwellings and businesses in the new Indian Land Fire District. Read the entire story here.
      If you live in the Indian Land Fire District and wish to avoid this tax you can:
Call or email your County Councilman Larry McCullough at 803-802-5888. 
Appear at the Public Hearing on 30 November 2010, 6 PM, at the County Office Building.
Vote in the Advisory Referendum on 18 January 2011 at your regular polling place.
Appear at the Public Hearing on 25 January 2011,
 6 PM at the County Office Building.
Don't know if you live in the Indian Land Fire District? Call the County Assessor's Office to find out at 803-285-6964

Questions? Send me mail.

Fire Department Rating Improves
Insurance Rates to Decrease
    The Insurance Service Rating (ISO) of Lancaster County Fire Departments has been reduced to 6.0, which should result in lower fire insurance premiums for many residents. This improvement in rating (lower is better for ISO ratings) is the result of a lot of hard work by the Lancaster County Fire Service and the local fire departments throughout the county,  nearly all of whom are volunteers. We owe these people our thanks for the job that they do, donating often hundreds of hours each year to training and firefighting. These local fire departments are supported by the county with fire trucks and some funds for fuel and equipment, but are responsible for raising some of the money required to operate themselves.  The next time your volunteer fire department is having a fundraiser, think of the fact that their hard work is saving you cash money and treat them generously.
Lancaster County Crimes Mapped
    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has started putting crimes committed in Lancaster County on an internet accessible map. To access this information go to and enter as the address Del Webb Library, Fort Mill, SC  29715. Crime icons appear on the map for a user input time frame.  It is necessary to click on the crime icon and view a pop up window to find the nature of the crime.
County Rezones Area For New
Baptist Church
    The County has agreed to rezone a portion of Steele Hill Road in Downtown Van Wyck to permit the new Trinity Baptist Church to relocate there. The first reading of an ordinance to change the zoning of the area from I-2, Heavy Industry, to B-1. Limited Commercial was held on 9 November with final approval expected in January. 

Community Development Club
Officers were nominated for two year terms as follows: President: Ollie Bass, Vice President: Dennis Wiese, Secretary: Eloise Williams; Treasurer: Linda Vaughn.  Officers will be elected at the December meeting to be held at the Community Center at 6 PM. Note the earlier time. The Community Center will be decorated for Christmas after the meeting.
Coming Events:

Bake Sale Saturday 20 November - 9 AM - 1 PM
Christmas Parade: 11 December - Noon  Route
Lighting of the Way - 12 December
Valentines and Volunteer Appreciation
Dinner - 14 February 2011.

Turkey Project
    At this time of year many stores offer frozen turkeys at very low prices. If you are in a position to purchase one or more of these turkeys and donate if to the Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen, corner of Gay and Ferguson Streets, Lancaster it would be greatly appreciated.  GNHSK is serving 1500 dinners per month to people who would otherwise go hungry.  The Van Wyck Press would be happy to transport the turkeys or other food to GNHSK if that would make things easier for you. Send me mail to make arrangements.

Virginia Walker
Virginia Walker
Halloween Party a Success
    The Halloween Party held on 30 October at the Community Center was a smashing success with a large number of children and parents playing games and collecting candy. The pictures tell the story.   

Rachel Graham

Jane Massey
Betty g\George
Betty George
Trudy Massey-Walker
Trudy Massey-Walker

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