annual Easter Egg Hunt, a project of the Van Wyck Women's Club, was
held on Saturday 23 April 2011 at the Community Center. About 40 local
children and their families came and had fun with games, rewards
inside plastic eggs and the Easter bunny.
The Van Wyck Community Development Club plans a Spring Fling/Yard Sale
on 28 May. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available. Other
activities include the following:
Rabies Clinic - 26 April (Faulkner Amimal Clinic)
Relay for Life - 6 May (held at USCL)
Brooklyn Springs School Outing - 20 May
Fireworks - 4 July 6:00 PM - Dark
Fall Festival - 10 September.
The Van Wyck Community Center is available for rent at very reasonable
prices and makes an ideal location for parties of all types. Rental Details.
Lancaster County Water
It is not possible to understand the role of county government in
Lancaster County without understanding the role of the Lancaster County
Water and Sewer District (LCWSD). LCWSD was formed in 1959 by
455 of the South Carolina Legislature under the SC Code of Laws Section
16-11-18. Its Board is recommended by the Lancaster County political
delegation and appointed by the Governor. The charter from the state is
to provide public water, sewerage and garbage service to the
unincorporated area of Lancaster County. The District has the authority
to set its own rates, require residents to use and pay for its
services, acquire land and equipment, build water and sewer lines as it
deems necessary, acquire a source of water, use County and State rights
of way for its water and sewer lines, exercise the power of Eminent
Domain, contract as it sees fit with or without competitive bidding,
borrow money secured by its ability to raise rates and compel use of
its service, and extend its service beyond the original service area
whenever it seems feasible to do so. Act 455 was modified by the
Legislature on 17 March 1960 to allow the creation of subdistricts and
on 15 July 1973 to merge a number of smaller water districts into
and Sewer District
Although LCWSD has the authority to
develop and implement garbage service, it has not done so, since
Lancaster County has provided such service.
point to this is that Lancaster County government does not control the
of water and sewer services, nor does the cost of providing these
services impact the county budget. Lancaster County residents pay for
these improvements via water and sewerage fees, but the cost is not
included in the cost of development.
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Greg Gregory Wins
Greg Gregory won the SC Senate District 16 seat vacated by Mick
Mulvaney. Gregory won with 77% of the 5400 votes cast. The seat is up
for re-election in 2012; Gregory has indicated that he will run again.
A copy of the County Strategic Plan can be found
Despite the disclaimer in the first paragraph of the Strategic Plan, this document
developed and adopted without input from the public. This single
statement provides the insight required to understand the great
difficulty with this document and current county government.
In a democracy, government is supposed to flow up from the needs and
desires of the people, not down from a sovereign authority. Reading the
County Strategic Plan gives the overwhelming impression that the
document was written by a sovereign authority bent on imposing its own
vision of what Lancaster County ought to be like in the future on
unsuspecting citizens. The
fact that the document was developed without citizen input reinforces
Individual County Council members have prioritized the various elements
of the Strategic Plan and plan to vote to implement the prioritized list
at their meeting on 26 April 2011. The prioritized list is available in
three documents A,
It is instructive to note the top few priorities
as determined by the average priority rating; you can discover the
priorities of your council representative by looking at the documents
using the links provided above.
Top priorities by average Commissioner
Provide Council with detailed information with background and
alternatives along with an Executive Overview to ensure quality
2. Begin the budgeting process sooner.
3. Implement a Capital Improvement Plan.
4. Maintain good checks and balances in the financial system.
5. Ensure there is an interdepartment evaluation of economic
development programs before decisions are made.
6. Require new developments to pay their share of future infrastructure
7. Review the Strategic Plan annually.
8. Conduct a retroactive cost - benefit analysis to determine the
actual performance of past economic development efforts.
9. Develop a dedicated funding source for road improvements.
10. Implement the US 521 - Rte. 9 Corridor Study.
Number 6 (above) is of some interest,
since County Council showed last fall that it would not
enforce a development (Sun City) to pay the fire district assessment
implemented before the development was built in the face of a
development full of angry, complaining voters. Numbers 1 - 5 and 7
would seem to be merely a matter of directing the appropriate County
employee to do the required exercise and following up to make sure it
got done. Number 8 is already done; development incentives as
previously implemented are not worth what they cost, as reported
last month. Numbers 9 and 10 seem to be the only real situations on the
More next month.
to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The
recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for
food. The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the
agencies serving the needy in Lancaster. If you have food
you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.