Council roundup

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Business discussed during the July 21 Dorchester County Council meeting:

• Council heard a presentation from Stefanie Neuner and Jennifer Horres regarding a program called Project Lifesaver, a 501-C-3 organization that works to help caregivers of individuals with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other such conditions.

Often, people living with such disabilities may have a tendency to wander; worse, sometimes they may not respond to people who are searching for them.

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are usually found within a few miles from home in far less time than a standard search.

The start up cost to establish a program in a new area is $5,000 and includes training of the recovery teams.

Council members had questions about recurring costs, as well as who the coordinating agency might be.

Councilman David Chinnis suggested bringing the topic to the public safety committee to assess, study, discuss and make a recommendation to council.

• Council rezoned .9 acres at 1240 Central Avenue near Summerville from General Commercial to Neighborhood Commercial.

• Council passed third reading of an amendment to the county Zoning and Land Development Standards Ordinance. The amendment modifies the application requirements so that wetland boundaries are finalized after Council action on zoning but before any applications for land development permits.

• Council passed third reading of an amendment to the Zoning and Land Ordinance that revises the list of permissible land uses in neighborhood commercial zoning districts.

• Council rezoned 1.53 acres at 860 Orangeburg Road from Multi-Family Residential to Neighborhood Commercial.

• Council rezoned 1.98 acres at 161 Claussen Street from Multi-Family Residential to Single-Family Residential – Manufactured Housing.

• Council passed second reading for a request to rezone 51.8 acres of undeveloped land on Beech Hill Road from Multi-Family Residential and Commercial-Light Industrial to Planned Development District.

• Council passed first reading of a request to rezone .38-acres on Ladson Road from Office/Institutional to Neighborhood Commercial.

• Council heard committee reports the Public Safety Health and Human Services Committee and the Administrative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

• Council approved a request for Approval of Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement between Dorchester County, SC, and the Army Corps of Engineers for a Feasibility Study for Polk Swamp.

Council went into Executive Session to discuss the following:

• Confidential Economic Development Projects

• Personnel matters

• Receive legal advice on the Thurman Real Estate Purchase, Dorchester County Sales Tax Transportation Authority, contractual matters, funding for Winding Woods Water Extension.

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