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Up Coming Indian Land Action Council Meetings

The speakers for Indian Land Action Council, September 21, 2017 meeting will be Pleasant Valley Fire District Chief, Greg Nicholson. He will discuss the raise in the Fire District Tax to $90 from $75 and what the PVFD has planned for expansion. Terry Graham, District 1 Councilman, will be introducing appointees from his district, to the Zoning Appeal Commission and Library Board.

The Speaker for October 19, 2017 meeting will be Indian Land Fire District Chief Tom Pickard. He will be discussing the impact the raise in Fire District Tax will have on the ILFD. ILAC Signage Committee will be presenting new Welcome To Indian Land signs.

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New Indian Land Post Office 

To give comments or enter site proposals regarding the new Indian Land Post Office contact: Michael Bullard at 336-544-3828 or 366-430-4937; email Michael.K.Bullard@usps.gov; or mail to Michael K. Bullard at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters Facility, P.O. 27497, Greensboro, NC. 27498

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Update on Monday’s, Lancaster County Council Storm-water District Vote

Council voted 4 to 3 to defer tonight’s third reading until the September 11th meeting. We received a revised ordinance tonight as well as a revised budget. Since we received it at the start of the meeting, it did not allow Council members time to review the changes. The motion to defer was made to allow all Council members a chance to review the revised documentation. From District 7, Councilman Brian Carnes

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Lidl Store Is Opening Soon

The highly anticipated arrival of Lidl in the Charlotte area is near.

The German grocer on Wednesday morning announced the opening dates of its first stores in the area: Supermarkets in Shelby and Indian Land will open Sept. 21st, and its stores in Gastonia and Rock Hill will open Sept. 28th.

Lidl said in a statement that it will offer a slew of grand opening special offers at the new stores. The first 100 customers at each store, for instance, will receive a wooden coin for a chance to win up to $100 in Lidl gift cards. Lidl will also be giving away free samples and reusable shopping bags while supplies last.

The German grocer Lidl opened its tenth North Carolina store Thursday in Thomasville, about 70 miles northeast of Charlotte. With several other locations under construction nearby, readers keep asking: When will Lidl finally open in Charlotte?

The grocer, which boasts low prices similar to Aldi’s, is wrapping up construction on stores in Rock Hill, Indian Land and Gastonia – all locations that should open within a few months. When I asked Lidl again Thursday about the openings, the grocer didn’t offer any specifics.

Lidl also won’t say why construction seems to have halted completely on a South Boulevard site. Records show Lidl bought the property at 3229 South Blvd. for $4.9 million in January 2016.

A colleague recently described the look of Lidl stores as “artistic airport hangars.” They’re about 20,000 square-feet, about half the size of a typical supermarket like Harris Teeter. The stores are no-frills: Lidl’s have just six aisles, and a more limited selection of groceries than you’d find at a traditional supermarket. Most are private-label brand, which means they’re made just for Lidl and are much cheaper than national brand items. Lidl says its prices are up to 50 percent lower than those at other traditional grocery stores.

Lidl also boasts an extensive, sommelier-curated wine selection with about 125 different varieties, ranging in price from $2.69-$27.99. The grocer has said the goal is to provide a broad palette of wines to choose from, organized in such a way that “lay drinkers” can navigate. Lidl says it plans to have 100 U.S. stores open within a year. Elsewhere in North Carolina, the grocer has stores in Kinston, Greenville, Wilson, Sanford, Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem, Wake Forest, Rockingham and Thomasville.

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USPS New Retail and Delivery Services Facility Project in Indian Land

The United States Postal Service is considering adding a post office facility and delivery services in Indian Land. The Postal Service has identified a site for the potential new location.

The Postal Service wishes to work closely with the Indian Land Community and will present the proposed project at the York Technical College, Thursday,               August 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

Location of meeting; Indian Land York Technical Center – College Room 102,     1245 Rosemont Dr, Indian Land, off of Hwy 160.

They will discuss; (1) reasons for addition (2) identify site (3) describe site and retail services (4) outline anticipated construction timelines.

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Congratulations to the NEW Town of Van Wyck.

Your hard work paid off and we commend you for your accomplishment. We wish you well on setting up Van Wyck’s new government.

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Another $75.00 fee/tax for Indian Land

Scott Edgar, the newly hired County Engineer will speak to Indian Land Action Council, August 17th, 7 p.m. at the Del Webb Library located at 7641 Charlotte Highway (Hwy 521). The Lancaster County Council will have second reading on tax ordinance, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) on August 14th. This tax money will go to support an Engineer and approximately 4 staff members to over see the Panhandle’s storm-water.

Before you decide your reaction to this $75 tax, I would like you to look in your community to see where your storm-water is going. If the water is going into your detention pond system, your HOA dues are going toward maintaining these detention ponds. This is not sewer tax and does not have anything to do with the LCWSD.

Please, come to the Indian Land Action Council meeting on Thursday, August 17th and ask, Mr. Edgar, questions before you blindly except an additional tax just because Lancaster taxes are still lower than “where I came from”. Bring your neighbors and friends.

See you there                                                                                                                 Jane Tanner, President                                                                                                      Indian Land Action Council

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Lancaster County Council Meeting  July 17, 2017

Good afternoon:

The Lancaster County Council will meet on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the County Administration Building at 101 North Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

The agenda is posted in the lobby of the County Administration Building and on our website. Please copy and paste the link below to view the agenda:  http://www.mylancastersc.org/vertical/sites/%7BA02FC01E-6C41-44F4-BE02-9B73FC0206C5%7D/uploads/county_council_agenda_7-17-17.pdf

Thank you and have a good day

Sherrie M. Simpson | Clerk to Council | Administration

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2017 South Carolina Legislative Summary

Roads: SCDOT Funding and Restructuring
After years of inaction, the General Assembly passed a roads bill that reforms both the DOT and the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB), as well as provides a major increase in funding to address long-overdue maintenance needs. The Governor now has the authority – and responsibility – to appoint, oversee and – when necessary – fire the 9 SCDOT Commissioners.
With this reform legislation comes new recurring revenue coming from a 12 cents increase in the gas tax over six years, a fee on out of state truckers, a new fee on newly registered cars for people who move here modeled after North Carolina, and a fee on hybrids who do not pay the gas tax. Thirty percent of the new money will be paid by out of state drivers – and likely an even higher percentage at many of the gas stations near the state line – instead of what we have been doing: funding roads in part by borrowing money and using income tax from South Carolina residents.
I supported this bill because it is long overdue and should have been addressed years ago. I also was a supporter of two other bills that address highway funding and safety: Work Zone safety and Mopeds, which I will discuss later.

Government Restructuring: State Education Superintendent
The House passed – and sent to the Senate – legislation which would allow voters to vote on an amendment to the state Constitution which would allow future Governors to appoint the State Superintendent of Education. If the bill is passed, it would still have to go up for a statewide referendum in November of 2018.
I supported this bill because I believe that for a Governor to properly run the executive branch, you must allow them to choose those who run every major state agency.

USC-Lancaster Funding
During my campaign last year, I promised to fight for fairer state funding for USC Lancaster. South Carolina does not fund our college on a per-pupil basis, which has led to USC Lancaster coming in last in funding per student for any public college in the state. This year, USC Lancaster received an increase of $180,000 in recurring dollars to its budget. This increase will continue to slowly close the gap between us and other colleges. Until the state sets up a fairer system, I will always fight for more funding for our local University. A student in Lancaster is not worth less than a student in Sumter or Columbia.

HOA Reform
South Carolina is way behind in having rules that govern Home Owners Associations, which has led to abuses by some developers. I was proud to join representatives from Horry County in pushing for South Carolina’s first laws which address how HOAs are governed. This legislation would require HOAs to disclose financial documents to their residents and other transparency issues. This bill passed the House and awaits a vote in the Senate.

Work Zone Safety 
I was a co-sponsor of House Bill 4033, a comprehensive work zone safety law which recently passed. This law will provide tougher penalties for dangerous driving in work zones and dedicate funds from the penalties to paying for law enforcement. As these patrols are currently paid for by money taken from construction, the law will steer millions back into paving roads. As studies show two-thirds of those who are hurt or killed in work zone wrecks are motorists, this bill will save lives while increasing funds for construction – truly a conservative “win-win-win” for drivers, workers and taxpayers.

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic
One of the largest problems currently facing our nation and our youth is the rise in opioid abuse. As I have seen too many friends and classmates from high school and college get hooked and ruin their lives, I was proud to co-sponsor two bills which became law this year regarding this growing problem. The first law requires that physicians look at a patient’s controlled substance prescription history before prescribing opioids. This will help cut down on what is termed “doctor shopping”, where people secretly go to several doctors to get more than one doctor is allowed to prescribe. The second law will allow pharmacies to take part in the controlled substances take-back events that many law enforcement agencies currently operate. This will reduce the ability of addicts to take leftover medications from others by increasing the amount of places that will take these old or unneeded pills.
The two new laws are a step in the right direction – but more work needs to be done. To lead these efforts, a special House Committee has been set up over the summer to find ways to tackle this crisis in South Carolina.  The committee will be led by my friend Representative Eric Bedingfield, who lost a child to addiction.

Moped Safety
Mopeds have long been an issue. Many of those who operate them do so dangerously, creating traffic congestion and becoming hazards. Many operating them do so because they lost their driver licenses and continue to drive with the same level of reckless disregard. House Bill 3247, which I supported, puts new rules on moped drivers, including making it illegal – for the first time – to operate a moped while drunk. A special moped license will now be required, which can be suspended for dangerous or drunk driving. The new law also requires registration and license plates and those riding – either drivers or passengers – must wear helmets if under the age of 21.

Closing
No legislative session is ever perfect, but this year big problems were finally addressed instead of pushed off to next year. This year has been a busy one and I have enjoyed representing you. If you have any issues you need to discuss or questions about state government, please contact me at brandonnewton@schouse.gov.

Thank you,

Brandon Newton

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Health and Safety Alert !

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert everyone to two new forms of Fentanyl analogues, acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl. Both synthetic opioids have not previously been identified. They both can be absorbed through the skin and are considered highly dangerous. 

Multiple reports in other states indicated that the opioid reversal drug, naloxone aka narcan, may not be effective if someone overdosed after ingesting acrylfentanyl. Residue from these chemicals could be left on surfaces in hotel rooms, so don’t rent cheap rooms in bad areas and ensure rooms have been thoroughly cleaned before allowing family members, especially children entry into the room. 

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Indian Land Action Council Up Coming Meetings:

June 15th the speaker will be Brandon Newton, S.C. State House Representative for District 45. He will bring us up to date on State news from Columbia.

July 20th the speakers will be the members of the Storm-water Advisory Committee. This group was established to educate residents about the Storm-water/MS4 and to explain the new Engineering/Storm-water department, which will be from the proposed additional property tax.

August 17th the speakers will be Scott Edgar, the new Engineering/Storm-water Manager and John Gant, the consultant on the new Storm-water/MS4 project.

Location of meetings – 7 PM at the Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

For more information go to www.indianlandactioncouncil.com or contact President,           Jane Tanner, 803-547-9597 or jtanner14@comporium.net.

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The Final Roads Bill: What’s in it and My Thoughts

After several months of work in the General Assembly, both the House and Senate have worked out a single highway funding and governance bill. In the next few days, this bill will be voted upon by both chambers and sent to the Governor. Given the concerns many have raised about this issue, I felt it urgent to give you an overview of this legislation, as well as my thoughts on the bill.

DOT Reform and Governance
This legislation would allow the Governor to appoint all the members to the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission, subject to legislative confirmation. Seven commissioners will come from each congressional district along with two at-large members picked from anywhere in South Carolina. The Governor will have the power to remove commissioners at any time, meaning the Governor will be primarily responsible for running the Department of Transportation and voters will know who to hold responsible.
In my opinion, the most important reform is the reigning in of the State Infrastructure Bank. For too long, this independent agency has operated outside of the control of SCDOT, approving tens and hundreds of millions of dollars on projects which were not justified under the project prioritization plan mandated several years ago, but which had active political backers. Now the SCDOT Commission will be able to stop wasteful and unnecessary projects, ending the use of the Infrastructure Bank as a political funding “bypass”.

New Funding for Roads
The bill provides for $640 million dollars more a year in dedicated recurring revenue for our crumbling roads system. We get to this number through these sources:

  • A 12-cent increase in the gas tax. This means a two cent increase a year for six years to ease it into the taxpayers and to help give SCDOT time get ready for the additional workload.
  • A new fee for Hybrid cars which use our roads like all other cars, but pay little or no gas taxes, which are the primary means of funding roads. While it’s commendable that people are embracing green technology, they need to pay their fair share.
  • Establishes a road use fee for out of state truckers who damage our roads but do not pay their fair share in repair and maintain them.
  • Raises the cap on motor vehicle sales tax from $300 to $500.
  • Creates a $250 fee for people who move from out of state and register their car here for the first time. This fee is modeled after a fee charged by North Carolina.

All the new money will go into two pots. Some will go back to the County Transportation Committees, which are made up of locally-appointed officials who spend it on state and county roads which we travel every day. The larger share of this funding will go into an Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund which cannot be used for anything other than maintaining our current roads, helping us address many long-underfunded needs.

Tax Relief

            To get the required votes for this bill in the Senate, tax cuts and reforms were included in this bill. Here are the changes which legislators will be voting for as part of this legislation:

  • A refundable tax credit for state taxpayers equal to the increase in the gas tax, meaning much of the gas tax increase is paid for by out-of-state drivers (a problem we see much of here in Lancaster County).
  • Enhancing the College Tuition Tax Credit for all South Carolina tuition payers.
  • Increasing the maximum income tax credit from $210 to $350 for dual income household joint filers.
  • Reduces the property tax burden upon manufacturers, who are a growing portion of Lancaster County employers, by providing $35 million in tax relief, using a phased-in approach over 6 years.

My Thoughts
During my campaign, I said seeing real roads legislation enacted would be my number one focus. As this proposal offers to fix our roads with dedicated revenue and fixes long-standing concerns about SCDOT and the Infrastructure Bank while avoiding the trap of going into debt, I will be voting for this bill to send it to the Governor’s desk. While the Governor initially threatened to veto the original legislation, I hope he will decide the time has come to move forward and sign this bill.
As this session closes, I want to take this time to again to say thank you for allowing me to represent you in Columbia. I plan on writing another one or two additional reports to wrap up the session once the budget is complete and gubernatorial vetoes are considered.

Thank you,
Brandon Newton

If you ever have a question or need to contact me please email me at BrandonNewton@schouse.gov.

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On July 1, 2017, an “at-large” seat will become available on the Lancaster County Library Board. It would be nice to have the seat filled by a resident of Indian Land, who is willing to be an “active” member of the Board; ie. willing to attend monthly meetings, both called and regular, work on at least one committee, and strive to represent all of the residents of Lancaster County.

Any resident who would consider the position can receive contact information on the Lancaster County Library – https://www.lanclib.org/library-board

Residents wishing to apply for the position should contact either Councilman Terry Graham (tgraham@lancastercountysc.net) or Councilman Brian Carnes (briancarnes@lancastercountysc.net).

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Superintendent Candidates For Lancaster County School Board

Below are the dates for the Community to meet the Lancaster County School final three Superintendent candidates at USC – Bundy Auditorium.

Schedule for the community visits:

  • Monday, May 1st – Dr. Jonathan Phipp
  • Thursday, May 11th – Dr. Carlotta Redish
  • Monday, May 15th – Dr. Matrell Sturkey

4:30-6:00 p.m. – Drop-in for community to meet each finalists

6:00-6:30 p.m. – Question/answer period for each finalist with community panel composed of 7 individual

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Read the sign, It’s Indian Land!

Come on, what’s with these people? Read the sign.
Every time I get a phone call, read the wrong address or hear someone claiming to live or that their business is located in Fort Mill, when the locals know the truth.
But I get my mail from Fort Mill. So? Guess What?

The U.S. Postal Service has identified the area of Indian Land with its own ZIP code, 29707. And I know, if you go to the USPS website, it will list 29707 as Fort Mill and then Indian Land. That is because the USPS identifies the delivering post office location first and additional communities second, which allows you to use either name. For example if you live or your business is located in the 29707 zip code you can list your address as either Indian Land or Fort Mill. Its the same way for the Tega Cay, folks. I know you can write it either way, but I’m telling you – and any local as proud of Lancaster County as I am, will tell you – it’s Indian Land. So, the next time someone asks you if you live in Fort Mill, say “What’s wrong with you people? Read the sign. It’s Indian Land.”

Written By: Dean Faile – CEO/President of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce

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Incorporating Indian Land and Van Wyck Meeting

A public meeting and discussion with residents

Tuesday, May 9th @ 6:30pm 

Transformation Church, Indian Land, SC

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Good Bills for District 45 Move Forward

As we get closer to the end of session I am glad to report that legislation affecting district 45 has begun to move through the legislature. I wanted to give you an update on these three issues: Home Owners Association Reform, Funding for USC Lancaster, and public education funding.

HOA Reform
South Carolina for many years now has lacked proper laws governing how HOAs are governed and administered. As new housing developments have popped up all over the state, including in parts of Lancaster and York Counties which are in my House District, there have been many horror stories of developers not being transparent with financial information and leaving homeowners in rough situations upon turning over the neighborhood to the homeowners upon completion.

I was proud to co-sponsor House Bill 3886 which will require HOAs to operate with added transparency, accountability and fairness. The bill has five main parts, which are best summarized by Representative Heather Crawford from Horry County, who was the main sponsor:

1) Recording of HOA documents

This bill requires that HOA governing documents must be recorded with a county’s Clerk of Court – or Register of Deeds office (some counties have separate ROD offices) to be enforceable. This solves the problem of access to the documents because homeowners, buyers, and sellers will now all have access to these documents, especially since most counties make them available online.

2) Magistrates Court

This bill would clarify that homeowners and homeowners’ associations can resolve financial disputes up to $7,500 in magistrate court, allowing a homeowner the ability to resolve certain disputes through the magistrate court without having to pay expensive legal fees.

3) Ombudsman Office

This bill would create an Ombudsman’s Office within the Department of Consumer Affairs to serve as a consumer advocate. The Ombudsman would be tasked with serving as a resource to homeowners and HOAs regarding rights and duties of each and with helping to resolve disputes between homeowners and homeowners associations in an attempt to avoid litigation, where it is agreed to by both parties. The Ombudsman would also provide an annual report to the General Assembly concerning the number and types of complaints, helping us to identify the consistent problems and possible future solutions.

4) Notice prior to increasing annual budgets

This bill would require HOAs to provide notice to homeowners prior to holding a meeting that would increase the HOA’s operational budget. Notice would mean posting a flyer in a common area, on the HOA website, through an email distribution list, on a HOA Facebook page, etc. Everyone has the right to know when there will be a meeting that may increase the dues they are mandated to pay.

5) Notice on property disclosure statement

This bill adds a section on the current property disclosure statement for the sale of real estate in SC, requiring the seller to indicate if the property is subject to an HOA. This would give a potential buyer notice that the property is subject to an HOA and could direct them to the Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court office in that county in order to view those documents.

This bill passed the House and has now been sent to the Senate.

USC Lancaster
As I said during my campaign, I fully support USC-Lancaster and will continue to fight for fairer funding for our local university. USC-L on a per-pupil funding ranks near the bottom in the state. Over the past couple of years, this funding gap has begun to drop thanks to efforts by our local delegation.
One of USCL’s greatest needs is capital improvements. The South Carolina State House will debate a piece of legislation called a bond bill on the floor the week of April 4th-6th which will provide for much needed improvements in many state and university buildings. I am glad to report the USC-L, under the proposed legislation, would receive $750,000 to make improvements in the Gregory Health and Wellness center which is the campuses greatest capital need.
I fully support this long-overdue legislation. By delaying this process, as it has happened under former administrations, we have allowed buildings to fall into further disrepair which will end up costing taxpayers more to fix in the long run. This is not financially smart, which is why I plan on supporting this legislation and helping it pass the House, which I anticipate it will by the 6th of April. Once it passes the House, it will be sent over to the Senate.

Public School funding and School Choice
In the budget which the House of Representatives passed a couple of weeks ago, we increased the base student cost by $50. This will increase our per pupil cost to $2,400 per student. On a statewide level, this is an increase of $38 million dollars from the year before into our state’s public education system. This money is greatly needed in some of our most deprived areas as well as some of our fastest growing districts like Lancaster County and Fort Mill.
Representatives Raye Felder of Fort Mill and I, along with many others, have signed on to support legislation that would give the fastest growing districts in our state, including Lancaster and Fort Mill, the ability to ask taxpayers for more operating money. This would allow school districts to ask voters to approve tax increases for additional funding needs, putting local communities and voters in charge of setting funding and spending priorities for their school districts.
Another bill in the House proposes to make one of South Carolina’s first school choice programs permanent.  The South Carolina’s Educational Credits for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC) program helps students with special needs attend state-credentialed independent schools. Parents can choose either tuition tax credits or scholarships funded by Exceptional SC, which relies on tax-credited donations from individuals and corporations.
This is a great example of how school choice can work right alongside our public education system and I fully support this effort.

Closing Weeks
This year’s session of the General Assembly is headed into its final weeks. With the House having sent the budget to the Senate for their consideration, along with other legislation, much of our work will now focus on considering legislation which originated in the Senate, with the goal of getting legislation passed by both houses in time to send to Governor McMaster for consideration. We will also be waiting to see the final outcome of the budget process in the Senate, ready to work out compromises between the House and Senate versions of the state budget before then sending the budget to the Governor’s desk.
As always thank you for allowing me to serve you in Columbia. I greatly appreciate all the support I’ve received from so many of you. If you ever have a question or need to contact me please email me at BrandonNewton@schouse.gov.
Brandon Newton

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ILAC Secretary and Member on the “Price Is Right”!

“It was so surreal!” Be sure and tune in to the Price Is Right, Tuesday, April 4th at         11:00 am. Our ILAC member, Paul Slazas was called to “come on down” by Drew Carey.   I am excited to see if they are winners.  Paul and Lorrain, his wife, ILAC Secretary, have kept a big secret.  Click here to see their picture, Lorraine center and Paul on the right in photo. Don’t miss the excitement, watch for bright red shirts. Go Paul !!

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South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (Marijuana Bill)

Please send your comments and concerns about this bill to the Sponsors and Local Delegates listed below.

Here are some of the Sponsors:

Rep. Shannon S. Erickson 

  • Republican – Beaufort County
  • Columbia Address
  • 320C Blatt Bldg.
  • Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone: (803) 734-3261

Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell 

  • District 44 – Lancaster County
  • Columbia Address 
  • 422B Blatt Bldg. Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone (803) 212-6937
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Box 994 Lancaster 29721
  • Home Phone (803) 289-6409
  • Business Phone (803) 289-1800

Rep. Peter M. McCoy Jr.

  •  Republican – Charleston
  • District 115 – Charleston County
  • Columbia Address 
  • 420D Blatt Bldg. Columbia 29201 Business Phone (803) 212-6872
  • Home Address 
  • 135 King St. Charleston 29401 Home Phone (843) 452-4722
  • Business Phone (843) 628-2855

Rep. Steven Long 

  •  Republican – Spartanburg
  • District 37 – Spartanburg County
  • Columbia Address 
  • 304A Blatt Bldg. Columbia 29201 Business Phone: (803) 212-6878
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Box 161944 Boiling Springs 29316

Rep. Bill Herbkersman 

  • Republican – Beaufort
  • District 118 – Beaufort & Jasper Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 308B Blatt Bldg Columbia 29201 Business Phone (803) 734-3063
  • Home Address 
  • 896 May River Rd. Bluffton 29910-5833
  • Business Phone (843) 255-2264

Senator Tom Davis 

  • Republican – Beaufort
  • District 46 – Beaufort & Jasper Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 404 Gressette Bldg. Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone (803) 212-6350
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Drawer 1107 Beaufort 29901-1107
  • Business Phone (843) 252-8583

Senator Brad Hutto 

  • Democrat – Orangeburg
  • District 40 – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton & Orangeburg Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 510 Gressette Bldg. Columbia 29201 Business Phone (803) 212-6140
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Box 1084 Orangeburg 29116-1084
  • Home Phone (803) 536-1808
  • Business Phone (803) 534-5218

Senator Paul G Campbell, Jr. 

  • Republican – Berkeley
  • District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 205 Gressette Bldg. Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone (803) 212-6410
  • Home Address 
  • 150 Loganberry Circle Goose Creek 29445
  • Home Phone (843) 569-0089
  • Business Phone (843) 296-1001

Local Delegation:

 • Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-44

  •  P.O. Box 994 P.O.
  • Lancaster, SC 29721
  • 422D Blatt Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 289-1800 (w)
  • (803) 289-1818 (fax)
  • (803) 212-6937 (Columbia)
  • MandyNorrell@schouse.gov

• Rep. Brandon Newton, R-45 

  • P.O. Box 2501
  • Lancaster, SC 29721
  • 404D Blatt Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 320-9615 (m)
  • (803) 212-6874 (Columbia)
  • brandonnewton@schouse.org

• Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16 

  • P.O. Box 1381
  • Lancaster, SC 29721
  • 606 Gressette Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 289-6211 (w)
  • (803) 283-4715 (h)
  • (803) 212-6024 (Columbia)
  • greggregory@sc senate.gov

• Sen. Vincent A. Sheheen, D-27 

  • PO Drawer 10
  • Camden, SC 29021
  • 504 Gressette Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 432-4391 (h)
  • (803) 212-6032 (Columbia)
  • (803) 734-2961 (Columbia)
  • VSheheen@thesavagefirm.com

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Indian Land Action Council Members

Please review the Indian Land Action Council current and new By-Laws under Members Only tab on the web site. These amended By-Laws will be posted for 30 days before a vote is sent out to Members by email on April 24, 2017.

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Tribute to Mr. Jack Wilt

Mr. Jack Wilt past away on Saturday, March 4, 2017. He will be sadly missed in our community. Mr. Wilt attended many ILAC meetings, County Council meetings and Van Wyck community meetings over the years. He always spoke up for the public’s right to know. “His view of attending and speaking at the meetings was very much that politics needs lots and lots of sunlight”, Tim Wilt said (Mr. Wilt’s son). “He felt that local politics were too insular and he felt that whether he agreed or disagreed with what they were doing, somebody needed to stand up and tell others, here is what they’re really doing”. We will miss Mr. Wilt’s reports at the ILAC meetings, his knowledgeable opinions and his passion for helping the community. And we will also miss is wife, Shirley at our meeting as well. Shirley will be moving to live near her sons in Baltimore.

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Indian Land Action Council Meeting

March 16, 2017

7 PM at the Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

The speaker will be Barry Faile, Lancaster County Sheriff. He will give us the Sheriff Department 2016 Annual Report and tell us about the impact the SC Compassionate Care Act (“legalize marijuana for medical purposes”) could have on the County Sheriffs and local police departments. Numerous other County Board and Commission members will be available for questions.

Paul Slazas, Nominating Committee Chairman will be taking nominations for election of 2017-18 ILAC Board Members.

Ken Eisel, Chairman of “Landscape Hey 521” would like volunteers for the committee.  See you there!

For additional information please contact Jane Tanner, President of ILAC 803-547-9597 – jtanner14@comporium.net.

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Three Big Bills in One Week

Some say politicians never get anything done. Whoever said that missed recent events in the State House, where in just three days, the South Carolina House of Representatives tackled three major current issues facing our state: Reforming SCDOT and highway funding, fixing the state employees’ pension and retirement system and modernizing state-issued identification cards to meet higher Homeland Security standards.

Roads
For too long our state has ignored our failing infrastructure system. This has gotten drastically worse over time, causing many of our roads to fall into so much disrepair that they will require much more costly work to fix minor issues which turned into big ones due to lack of maintenance.
The bill passed by the House will allow the governor to appoint all members of the DOT Commission, with one from each Congressional district and one at-large member. Once nominated, the commissioners would go before the legislature for an up-or-down vote on their qualifications. The second and most important part of the reform is to the State Infrastructure Bank.  This body is tasked with funding large scale infrastructure projects but has been funneling money to several major projects not on SCDOT’s prioritization system. This legislation will now force the SIB to get SCDOT approval for projects to ensure our scarce highway dollars go to the most-needed projects.
The main source of our new revenue is a ten-cent gas tax increase phased in over a five-year time frame, by two cents a year. A new $250 fee will be added to people who move to South Carolina and initially register their vehicle in South Carolina. Out-of-state truckers will now pay a fee when they drive on our roads, which is similar to fees that our states truckers pay in other states. A fee will be charged for hybrid cars, which ride on our roads but pay a lot less in gas taxes.  The new funding will go into a new Highway trust fund that can only be used for road repairs. Amendments which would have directed some of the money to other things were soundly defeated, sending a clear message that this new revenue is only for fixing our roads.
I don’t like raising taxes, but lack of action by our leaders in Columbia over the past thirty years led to this problem. Now the bill is in the Senate, where                          similar efforts died each of the last three years. From here, it will be up to the Senators to either accept our plan or give us their own to consider.

State Pension Reforms
South Carolina’s state employees’ pension system is going broke due to mismanagement, even though people such as State Treasurer Curtis Loftis have long called for serious reforms. This bill passed by the House will increase the employee contribution by half of a percent but more harshly, it will require the contribution by the employer (state or local government) to increase by two percent this year and then one percent increase every year for the next four. While increased funds and serious reforms are needed to make the pension system stable, I opposed the bill. As only 38% of employees in this system work for the state, this legislation will have a wide-reaching impact upon the budgets of counties, cities, school districts and universities. Local governments who had no voice or control over the state’s mismanagement will be forced to pay for those mistakes – which will result in service cuts and/or higher local taxes. It is irresponsible for the state to have caused the problem and then solve the problem by forcing others to have to pay for the solution.

“REAL ID”
Last, but not least, we addressed South Carolina’s incompliance with the federal Real ID act, which will ensure state-issued identification meets higher security standards. Not meeting these standards would mean South Carolina residents would have to use federally-issued identification, such as passports and military ID cards, to fly or enter military bases beginning next year, creating major inconveniences for travelers and civilians working on military bases. For a number of years, former state leaders refused to resolve this issue, but the bill passed by the House will allow the DMV to begin working on offering these more secure identification cards to state residents. When the DMV has the system set up to meet the Real ID standard, I will have more information.
Coming Up: The State Budget
The State House will soon begin to turn our full focus to working on the state budget for 2017-2018. As we progress through this process, I will keep you informed. If you ever need assistance with state government, have questions or want to share any concerns, you can email me anytime at brandonnewton@schouse.gov or call me at 803-320-9615. Thank you for the honor of representing you in Columbia.

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EXCITING NEWS FOR INDIAN LAND

 Recycling Center Set to Open

We still have some work to do, but we were able to open the Indian Land Recycling Center this morning around 11:00AM (2-6-17) and will follow the hours of all our major sites in the County for now.  We have some smaller sites that are not open as much, but this is one of our major areas so the hours will be like the others:

Monday- 8:00 AM-6:00 PM                                                                             Tuesday/Wednesday- Closed                                                                                       Thursday- 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM                                                                                          Friday- 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM                                                                                             Saturday- 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM                                                                                             Sunday- Closed

We will run this schedule this week, and the daylight savings hours starts next week so we will keep the same days, but hours change as follows:

Monday, Friday, Saturday- 9:00AM- 7:00PM                                                              Thursday- 1:00PM- 7:00 PM

Kindest regards,

Jeff Catoe | Public Services Director | Public Works                                                                P: (803) 416-9692 | F: (803) 285-3835| jcatoe@lancastercountysc.net                                    101 North Main Street | Lancaster, SC 29720 |www.mylancastersc.org

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Indian Land Action Council Nominating Committee

It is that time of years again.  Indian Land Action Council election of Officers. Paul Slazas has volunteered as Chairman of the Nominating Committee. He needs two (2) members whose dues are current to volunteer to help.

President – –Preside at all meetings, sign checks, present monthly agenda.                            Vice-President – In the event of the absence of the President, will exercise the office of President.                                                                                                                       Secretary – Will keep minutes  and records of organization.                                            Treasurer -– Shall have the care and custody of all monies. Make deposits sign checks, render a written account of monthly finances.                                                                  Member at Large – Attend Board meetings, participate in all planning activities and learn how Indian Land Action Council operates.                                                                             Each officer will serve a minimum term of one (1) year.

Voting:  Only members whose dues are current (all 2016 members are paid up for 2017) New members in 2017 –  $20 per year. Quorum for meeting twelve (12) active members.  Election of officers, ballots will be provided.

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Road Funding per Speaker Jay Lucas

“South Carolina has the most dangerous roads in the country. Businesses and job creators continue to stress the importance of infrastructure repair as a necessity to further economic investments. For the past several years the General Assembly has allotted a significant portion of the general fund surplus to roads, but pressing needs for education, social services, and retirement deficits will require those monies this year. Our citizens have demanded that those who use our roads must be the ones to pay for repair, not just the South Carolina taxpayer. The House also understands that every dollar raised for infrastructure repair should be used solely for the intended purpose of fixing our roads and bridges, which is why additional funding will be placed in an Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund.
“A gradual increase to the state’s motor fuel user fee is the most responsible option to generate a long-term, sustainable funding stream for road repair.  I will not support using general fund revenue for road appropriation again. House Majority Leader Gary Simrill and Ways and Means Chairman Brian White have worked extensively on this infrastructure plan and I commend them for their efforts.  As the House roads bill moves to the floor for debate, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure its passage as fixing our roads is my number one priority.”
Provisions Included in the House Road Funding Bill:
· Creates an Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund
· Increases motor fuel user fee 10 cents/gallon over a 5 year period
· Biennial motor vehicle registration fee increase of $16
· Increases auto sales cap to $500 for South Carolina
· Capitalizes on out-of-state registered vehicles
· Creates biennial registration fees for all hybrid and electric vehicles
· Creates a motor carrier road user fee for out-to-state truckers
· Reforms governance of the SCDOT Highway Commission

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Lancaster County Restaurant Health Scores

Go to – www.scdhec.gov/foodgrades

Type in Lancaster County hit  “Go” Scroll down for list of restaurants. PDF on right side give detail report.

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Indian Land Action Council  Meeting 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 7 PM, Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.  
Speakers will be Terry Graham, new Lancaster County Council member from District 1, 
Billy Mosteller, also a new Council member from District 3 and Brian Carnes, Council member 
District 7. They will tell us what is planned for Indian Land in 2017. Numerous other County Board and Commission members will be available for questions. 
For more info., contact President, Jane Tanner- 803-547-9597 – jtanner14@comporium.net.  
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Great Change in Just a Few Short Weeks

Since I was elected to the vacant House District 45 seat, the last few weeks have been busy ones, both for myself as well as the General Assembly and the state as a whole. This is the first of many updates I will be providing about what’s going on at the State House, as well as what I’m doing to represent the people of this region.
After every general election, the State House elects its officers, such as Speaker of the House, and adopts its rules for the next two years. The Speaker of the House also issues new committee assignments for members. New members, such as myself, attend training sessions and meetings to help us learn the legislative process and learn how to be more effective legislators. In addition to the official freshman orientation process, I also spent personal time traveling around the state to meet with legislators in their districts. New Governor South Carolina once again saw a peaceful transition of power when our Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed as our new United Nations ambassador and Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster moved up to replace her. I would like to thank Governor Haley for her service to South Carolina over the past six years and wish her all the best as she represents our nation to the rest of the world.
I have great hope in our Governor Henry McMaster. He loves South Carolina and has a long record of service in public office and has pledged to get to work quickly. As a former Attorney General and U.S. Attorney (the federal “District” attorney) for South Carolina, he brings a lot of experience on law and order issues. I am excited to see what the 117th Governor of South Carolina brings to the table in the years ahead. A Roads Bill For too long, state government has ignored one of its most important functions: maintaining our state’s infrastructure system. We have made band-aid fixes over the past couple of sessions but have lacked a long-term solution. A bill proposed by York County Representative, Gary Simrill, Speaker, Jay Lucas and Ways and Means Chair, Brian White would raise the gas tax two cents a year for five years equaling a ten cent increase. It would also raise fees on out-of-state drivers who register their vehicles here for the first time, raise fees on out-of-state truckers who use our roads and raise the cap on car sales tax from $300 to $500. This would add 600 million dollars to our roads a year after all the funding is phased in. This is not a perfect bill, but it helps address our problems while keeping a large portion of the tax on people visiting our state and those who move in going forward. As this is a crucial issue, I will remain on top of this issue while a final bill is worked out. If the final result of these efforts will truly help us move forward, I will eagerly support it. Appointing the Superintendent of Education The House has begun to debate on the floor  a pair of bills which will make the Superintendent of Education, which is currently elected, appointed by the Governor. The Department of Education is one of the largest state agencies and should be under the Governor’s cabinet for increased accountability. I plan on supporting this bill and I hope we will get it passed this year.Committee AppointmentsMuch of what happens in the House depends upon what takes place in committees. I was one of only two freshman Republican House members to be appointed to more than one Committee, giving me a larger role than many freshmen members usually have. I was appointed to serve on these Committees:
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee: This Committee deals with legislation regarding a wide range of issues, including medical, healthcare, local governments and veterans issues.
Administrative Procedures Committee: This Committee reviews all new state regulations, giving Committee members a key oversight role over state government.Thank you!Serving in the State House is an honor and an amazing opportunity to work for a better South Carolina, as well as to ensure the communities of District 45 are well-represented. I work for you, so please connect with me on Facebook and by email at BrandonNewton@schouse.gov so we can stay connected and you can share with me your thoughts and concerns.Thank you,Brandon Newton

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Exciting News for Indian Land

Here’s a quick recap of  Indian Land’s Red-Stone retail development, at Hwy 521 and Edgewater Rd. They have announced plans for three more restaurants –Tropical Smoothie Café, Jackson’s Java and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steak-burgers. With a total of 11 restaurants signed on for the project, Phase 1 is now under construction and plans to open next winter.

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Lancaster News –  The Chinese flag that flies alongside the U.S. flag outside Keer America’s Indian Land plant has been cut down twice in one week, following a number of phone complaints about the flag. In the first instance, according Leah Lee, a spokeswoman for the Chinese-owned company, the U.S. flag was in the center of three flagpoles, with the Chinese flag to the side. In the second instance, she said, the Chinese flag was in the center. The two flagpoles appear to be roughly the same height.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, whenever a group of flags are flying from staffs in the United States, and the American flag is among them, the U.S. flag should be at the center and at the highest point.

Lee insisted that the company had researched the proper position of the flags, citing a U.S. Senate website whose wording is far less clear. “No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America,” the site says. “No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to or in place of the flag of the United States.” Lee said Keer will continue to fly the Chinese flag in the center, with the U.S. flag to the side. Lee explained that the company is trying to honor both countries properly. “We’re just a normal business here,” she said. “We’re a Chinese company, but we hire local people. We thought people would welcome us, not only because we bring jobs, but because we help the textile community…. “We are a China company. We are not ashamed,” she said. “We are proud of where we are from.”  

Deputies first responded to the company Jan. 19 after an employee reported the Chinese flag had been cut down. The employee said she noticed the flag was gone that day, but she knew it had still been flying about 5:30 p.m. the previous day, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report. The second incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the morning of Jan. 25, according to a second report.

In the first incident, the rope on the flagpole appeared to have been cut down, and a piece of cloth with the corner of a flag remained, the report said. The employee told a deputy that the company had received phone calls from a blocked number, with the female caller saying things like “I can’t believe you are flying a Chinese flag.” The caller also said the flag shouldn’t be flown at the same height as the American flag because our country is at war. The last call was Dec. 27. The employee advised the caller that she had researched the correct way to fly other national flags and that the company was flying both the American and Chinese flags correctly, the report said.

The sheriff’s report did not specify which of three flagpoles the Chinese flag had been cut down from. At the Keer plant early Thursday, Jan. 26, the center flagpole was empty. One pole beside it, at roughly the same height, held the American flag. The pole on the other side, slightly lower, flew a flag with a Keer logo. The sheriff’s report said security cameras show a silver four-door car with tinted windows turn into the parking lot and circle the lot at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 18. It is unknown if the car was involved in the flag incident.

Before the incidents, Lee said, the cameras didn’t show the flagpoles. Lee said since the incidents, the company has installed more cameras in the area.                                          Story by: Hannah L. Strong – Lancaster News

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Lancaster County Library Board Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2107
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Meeting Room, Del Webb Library
The Lancaster County Library Board will meet at the Del Webb Library on January 31 at 6:30 PM. All Library Board meetings are open meetings. Major new business will include how to handle building improvements to all three libraries in Lancaster County.
Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting. After that, there is no input from the public but you will be able to observe how the Board conducts its business in support of the Lancaster County Library System.
All are welcome.

About Us

The Friends of the Del Webb Library at Indian Land is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, volunteer service organization formed to promote and support the literary, educational, and community roles of the Library.

The Friends of the Del Webb Library at Indian Land is a Sec. 501 (c) (3) organization. Your membership is tax deductible. Contact us at board@dwfriends.org or visit our website dwfriends.org to learn more about the Friends.

 

Indian Land Action Council’s first meeting of 2017 will be Thursday, January 19th at 7 PM – Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

Speakers for this meeting:

Jeff Catoe, Public Works Director for Lancaster County. He will update us on the new Indian Land Recycling Center.

Melvin Stroble, new Lancaster School Board member from Indian Land District 1. He will inform us about his new suggestions to the School Board that they are starting to implement.

Jerry Holt, Planning Commissioner from Indian Land District 7. He will inform us about what will be happening in Indian Land in 2017.

Meetings are open to the public. Hope to see you there.

For additional information please contact Jane Tanner, President of ILAC 803-547-9597 – jtanner14@comporium.net.