Candidates Forum Tonight!!

Just a reminder that the Forum at the City of Light will begin at 5PM with a half hour “meet and greet”.  The formal program will begin at 5:30 with the Flag salute led by the Indian Land High School Jr. ROTC and invocation by Rev. Harry K. Gindhart Jr.  After the Candidates finish with their questions/answers and summations, Ted Hoover, who was Vice-chair of the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission, will walk us through the question that will be on the November 4th ballot about extending the 1% tax for another seven years to pay for certain capital improvements. When the program ends at 7:30PM, there will still be time to speak with the candidates on an informal basis for another half hour.  We at ILAC and the Carolina Gateway hope to see you there – City of Light, 3000 WorldReach Drive, Indian Land.  If you did not send in a question, there will be an opportunity to submit one in writing up until 5 minutes before the formal program begins. If time permits, the moderator, Laurabree Monday from CN2 news will refer as many questions  as possible to the candidates.

 Please contact us if you have any questions.  Wanda Rosa, President, 781-248-5268 or Ken Eisel, Vice-President 803-431-7290.

ILAC meeting cancelled!

It appears the tornado watch is staying in place.  The other events at the Rec Center are being cancelled tonight as well.  A notice is being posted at the Rec Center.

So, with an abundance of caution we are canceling tonight’s meeting, which I was so looking forward to.  Hopefully, our invited guests will be able to make it to our next meeting on November 11th.

Tornado Watch!

We have just been notified by Hal Hiott from Parks & Rec that Lancaster County and the School Board have shut down all activities scheduled for tonight.  At this time a tornado watch is in effect for Lancaster County until 10PM.

We will wait until 5PM to make a final decision, but, as of this time we are considering canceling tonight’s meeting.  We will keep you posted as your safety is our utmost concern.

Preview of ILAC meeting 10/14/14

ILAC members and guests are invited to the Indian Land Rec Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway for our regular meeting beginning promptly at 7PM.  Come a little early to enjoy some fellowship with your neighbors and county officials.

We are excited to present a U.S. Flag and a SC flag to the Rec Center.  Deborah Long, our SC House Representative, who was instrumental in obtaining the flags, will help with the dedication.  These will be accepted by Hal Hiott, the head of Lancaster County Park and Recs. department.  After the dedication and Pledge of Allegiance led by Rep. Long, she will be available for any questions from the audience regarding matters related to the State.  Hal Hiott will also update us on what is happening in the Parks and Recreation area in Indian Land.

Brian Sisson will be here from the Range at Ballantyne which opened recently on Harrisburg Road.  He will tell us about the gun range and answer any questions the public may have.

Our featured speaker will be David F. Hooper, the Coordinator and Transportation Planner from RFATS(Rock Hill, Fort Mill Area Transportation Study).  Our members are looking forward to understanding more about RFATS, what it is, who the players are, how it works and how it might impact us in Indian Land.  We will also learn about future plans for the US521/Marvin Road intersection.

We look forward to an informative meeting.  For further information, contact Wanda Rosa, President, at 781-248-5268 or Ken Eisel, Vice-President, at 803-431-7290.



First, it was a beautiful day for the Fall Festival at City of Light this past Saturday.  Over 150  people stopped by our station to say hello and sign our petition regarding amending our 29707 zip code to show Indian Land as the preferred address and not Fort Mill.  There will be much more to come on this later.

Second, four of us attended the Library board meeting last night and were gratified to learn that the board, after consulting with County and insurance company officials, has come up with a preliminary plan to allow the DelWebb Library to be open for after hours meetings.  There will be another meeting at the Lancaster Main Library on Tuesday, October 21st, to hammer out the details but it does look promising.  Thanks to all those who are trying to make this happen.  We look forward to perhaps having our meetings take place at DelWebb starting next year.

And, lastly, mark your calendars for October 16th at the City of Light, for the Candidates Forum.  Doors will open at 5pm so you will have one half hour to meet the candidates before the formal presentation and then at 7:30 for another half hour after the event.  The Carolina Gateway will be asking citizens to send in their questions in advance of the forum.   Laurabree Monday from CN2 news will be the moderator.

Please contact us if you have any questions.  Wanda Rosa, President, 781-248-5268 or Ken Eisel, Vice-President 803-431-7290.

Fall Festival – Saturday 9/27/14

Just a reminder that the Fall into Fun Festival sponsored by the Indian Land Rotary Club, will take place at the City of Light(off Hwy 521)from 10 am to 3 pm.  Drop by our canopy to say hi and sign our petition in our ongoing struggle to have zip code 29707 recognized as Indian Land and not Fort Mill and to ask local businesses to show their address as Indian Land – some do and some don’t.

It looks like it will be a beautiful day and there will be so much going on —  the  SC Chili Cook-off, events for kids, many vendors, entertainment on stage,  all add up to a great day to relax and meet your neighbors.  Hope to see you there!

Preview of ILAC September 9th meeting

The Indian Land Action Council will meet at 7PM on 9/9 at the Indian Land Rec Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway.!

The business featured this month is The Range at Ballantyne located at 9883 Harrisburg Road, Indian Land. Brian Sisson, Chief Operating Officer, will be on hand to tell us about all the shooting range has to offer as well as answer any questions you might have.

Rob Moody, Senior Planner for the Catawba Council of Government will be our featured speaker. We are looking forward to having Rob explain what the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan is, how it came to be, who the players are, what the process is, and how it will impact us in the County and in Indian Land.

The public is welcome as our mission is to inform and educate the residents of Indian Land. Membership is $20 per year. We invite you all. For further information contact Wanda Rosa, president at 781-248-5268 or Ken Eisel, vice-president at 803-431-7290.

Community Workshop, Thursday, August 28, 2014

As part of the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan update process, Robby Moody, Senior Planner of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, is holding a community workshop on the Land Use element of the plan.  This will take place at the City of Lancaster Public Works Department, 916 15th Street, Lancaster, SC.  There will be two sessions – 4:00 – 5:30PM and 6:00 – 7:30PM,

The format will include a brief presentation about trends identified to date that will impact the future of Lancaster County.  Attendees will be asked to provide comments and discuss issues, opportunities, challenges and solutions to help create a 10 year vision for land use in Lancaster County.

For more information, contact Robby Moody at 803-327-9041 or


2015 Economic Development Strategic Plan – First Public Workshop!

The Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation(LCEDC)has announced public workshops to review ongoing development of the 2015 Economic Development Strategic Plan.

The first workshop will be held tomorrow, August 13, 2014 at the City of Lights Dining Hall, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land at 6:30PM.

The workshop will include an opportunity for people to assist in developing the Strategic Plan and to provide public input throughout Lancaster County.

For more information, please go to the website link at


Final Update – Capital Project Sales Commission

The Commission met this morning to make one final adjustment to the proposal which will be presented at County Council for the third and final reading on Monday, August 11th.  They have amended the wording of the $8m earmarked for the “Main Library”  to the “Library System”.  This would give latitude to the Library Board to decide exactly where they want the money spent.  This could possibly take care of the much needed repairs at Kershaw, renovations and improvements to the main library or any other project within the library system that they deem desirable.

Steve Willis, County Administrator, also announced that SCDOT will be working on approximately 2.5 miles on Woodland Drive due to Federal tax money that has just become available.  Although this road was on the latest list being presented, it doesn’t change the fact that a lot of these roads are on a “wish list” totaling almost  $28m.  The bonded amount to start work on roads recently dropped from $17.3m to $12m.  The balance will be placed on the PAYGO list after the $8m for the library is paid out as well as the funding for the digital radio system($7.5m)and the drug lab($238K). Interest on the bonds will be over $3m.  When you do the math, there seems to be approximately $8.5m that won’t be realized for roads.

Well, that’s it!  County Council decides this coming Monday night whether or not this should be placed of the ballot in November.  Then, it is your decision.