Front: Jan Duke, Betty Cauthen, Marite Eden
Rear: Betsy Steele, Lois Rao, Pat
County Republican Women
A new group will
enter the Lancaster County political scene on Tuesday 13 September
2011 when the Lancaster Coiunty Republican Women receive a charter from
the South Carolina Republican Party. The presentation will be made at
the USCL Carol Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Road, Lancaster at 11:30 AM. All are welcome.
Solves a Problem
Sheriff solved a difficult turnover problem in his department when he
implemented the Career Ladder program using existing funding. In the
process he saved the County $50,000 during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Kudos to the Sheriff for finding a way to continue the excellent
service he provides to county residents for less than we thought it
County staff came
up with a complete budget for the 8 August
County Council meeting after
Council refused to pass an amended budget ordinance at the 27 July
meeting with a large blank space in it where the budget was supposed to
be. This new budget contains about $250,000 in tax increases
and was accompanied by a plaintive plea from County Staff to include
another $600,000 in items omitted from of the budget. Council
postponed consideration of the budget until the next (22 August)
This puts County Council in something of a bind because the budget must
be finalized through third reading before 1 September to permit the
Assessor to get tax bills out by the state mandated deadline of 1
October. Council is thus left calling special meetings for second and
third readings of the budget during the last week of August.
Council initiated a rewrite of the Unified Development Ordinance
(zoning law) last fall. The problem is an overly broad list of
permitted uses in zoning classification B3. This was giving difficulty
with excessively noisy and dusty operations being permitted near
residential areas in densely populated Indian Land. Council instituted a
ban on zoning changes in Indian Land pending completion of the new law.
After six months of work, county staff unveiled
a highly intrusive zoning proposal last spring that was unacceptable to
many residents, especially those living in the sparsely populated
southern areas of the county. County Council stopped work on the UDO
rewrite at that time. Requests are coming in for zoning changes
and County Council is feeling the restrictive nature of its own rules.
The difficulty is that the same set of rules is being applied to four
very different situations. A developer who is planning to build
hundreds of houses is in a much different situation than a homeowner
planning to build a playhouse for his children or a storage building.
Likewise homeowners in Indian Land with houses 40 feet away on three
sides are in a much different situation than homeowners in southern
areas of the county with 500 feet between houses who live on dirt roads
so they can ride horses. Zoning in the urban area of the county,
defined essentially as the combined areas of the Pleasant Valley and
Indian Land Fire Districts, needs to be a lot more restrictive than it
does elsewhere in the county. Zoning and building restrictions need to
be much different for developers, who have the potential to make a mess
of square miles of land, than they are for homeowners.
In addition, residents have rightly become very suspicious of the
process and the secrecy that often surrounds it. It brought us the mess
that is Edenmoor, the latest development of which is here, would have brought us a huge sanitary landfill without extensive citizen intervention mainly by LCAC and which is still formally on the books, and is responsible for the patchwork problems in Indian Land.
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.
Festival and Car Show
The Van Wyck Mining Company
Van Wyck Fall Festival and Car Show will be held on Saturday 10
September 2011 from 10 AM - 4 PM at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036
Old Hickory Road. Always a fun time for families, the Festival
will feature music,
food, crafts and many activities for children including the Mining
Company (above) as well as a first class car show that attracts
vehicles from all over the area. Brochure
One of the most important events in the future of Lancaster County is
the upcoming redistricting. The census completed in the year 2000 has
made it necessary to change the boundaries of the County's voting
districts so that each Councilperson represents about 11,000 voters.
The population shift
into Indian Land and Sun City makes it necessary to place additional
representation into this area. Council districts in the southern
portion of the
county will need to be made larger for the same reason.
Redistricting is little more than an exercise to keep the current
incumbents in office. Councilman Rudy
Carter has decided not to run again, which makes the process
easier. His district has been divided among the remaining districts in
the southern portion of the county with each of the remaining
councilpersons with the exception of Councilman McCullough residing in
one of the new districts. Under current state law, these individuals
will continue to represent the new district in which they reside
until their current terms expire.
The panhandle area is currently represented by Mr.
McCullough and now contains two districts worth of people. Mr.
McCullough lives in Sun City. If one simply begins at
the northern border and moves south until the area encloses 11,000
people the area ends up including a
portion of Sun City. Mr. McCullough's home could therefore be placed in
within the northern (Indian Land) district or the southern (rural
If Sun City is included with the rural area to the
south, the districts would be as below with the line between the two
districts being roughly at the northern border of Sun City. In this
case Mr. McCullough would represent the rural area marked District 1 on
the map below and a special election would be held to elect a
representative for the Indian Land area marked District 7 on the map
City with Rural Area to the South
The urban area of the panhandle is perhaps best
defined by the boundarues of the combined Indian Land and Pleasant
Valley Fire Districts. From a governmental situation the major
questions are development in both districts and fixing the problems
caused by botched development in the urban district.
There are many ways to draw these lines, but one
that places Sun City in with the Indian Land area to the north is shown
below. The blue area on this map extends from the southern border of Sun
City north along Rte. 521 roughly to Rte. 160 and then east to the
state line. Mr. McCullough would represent this district and a special
election would be held to elect a representative for the yellow area,
which runs roughly from Rte. 160 down Rte. 521 to the southern border
of Sun City and then south roughly to Shiloh Unity Road and Route 9.
Sun City with Indian Land to the north