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March 2, 2015 City Council Work Session

meeting-minutesCity of Liberty, South Carolina
City Council Work Session Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2015

(Minutes are not typed verbatim)


Work Session

The Work Session was called to order by Mayor Eric Boughman at 6:00 pm. Present were Council Members: Lavant Padgett; Chuck Powell and Lisa Hunter. CM Dwight Yates, CM Brian Petersen and CM Harrison were not present.


CM led the invocation.

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Boughman led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Old Business

Commerce Streetscape Grant

Mayor Boughman stated that the water and sewer work on Commerce Street should be finished in about two weeks, in which time the city’s architect, Michael Sheriff, will begin his portion of the work. Mayor Boughman stated that things have run smoothly and there have not been many complaints from businesses on Commerce Street. Mayor Boughman said there was an unforeseen event last Friday, February 27th, when water was cut off to some businesses that are not on Commerce Street. Active Adult Daycare, City Hall, Liberty Family Practice and Hot Diggity Dogs were all affected Mayor Boughman stated. Mayor Boughman stated that this happened just how the water lines were set-up and it is something no one knew until they were down in the trenches. Mayor Boughman stated that the water was off for these businesses for 5-6 hours and then restored.

Scout Circle Property

Mayor Boughman stated that the city is still waiting on the appraisal (the buyer is paying for this) for the Scout Circle property that may possibly be purchased by the group wanting to build senior living homes (Peachtree Senior Living) here in Liberty. The investors will have up to 64 units and they will be for ages 55 and up, stated Mayor Boughman. Mayor Boughman stated he had spoken with the Scout Master about selling this property and he did not have a problem with selling it, although he was concerned about where the scouts would store the items in the current scout hut. Mayor Boughman assured him that the city would find somewhere for the scouts to store their items, perhaps in our field house at the stadium on 93. CM Padgett asked about the two monuments that are on this property and what the city would do with them. Mayor Boughman stated that the city would find an honorable place for the monuments and be placed where people could view them – possibly Pedestrian or Freedom Parks.

RIA Grant

Mayor Boughman stated there is nothing new on the RIA Grant at this point.

New Business


Mayor Boughman stated that the city had reached an agreement with the Pickens County School District on a solution to the TIF funds dilemma. Mayor Boughman then asked Council to read an email from Brian Swords to the Mayor that is in their council books. Mr. Swords is on the Pickens County School Board and offered various solutions to the TIF fund issue in this email to the Mayor. Mayor Boughman explained that both sides agreed that the easiest and best solution for all would be for the city to pay off the TIF fund bond and this would terminate the TIF agreement. Mayor Boughman stated that the city would no longer receive anyone else’s (School District or County) portion of the TIF monies but would only receive moving forward what is normally due to the city. Mayor Boughman stated that when the bond if paid off, the city would not owe any monies directly to the school district. Mayor Boughman stated that this would still leave the city around $175,000.00 in the TIF account after the bond is paid off. The city plans to use these monies along with continued incoming TIF funds (the city’s portion) to finish the renovations at the Rosewood Center.

Rosewood Center

Mayor Boughman stated that the parking lot, kitchen and bathrooms are left to be redone at the Rosewood Center. Mayor Boughman stated that Troy Rosier from Beeson-Rosier Group had given him a very rough estimate on the parking lot renovations based on Michael Sheriff’s drawing. Mayor Boughman stated that the estimate was $225,000.00, with $85,000.00 of this amount being the cost of paving the parking lot. Mayor Boughman stated he thought that the actual number will be less because they can tweak the original drawing and perhaps not have as many lights, plants, etc. to reduce costs.

Mayor Boughman also stated that Council needs to be considering whether the city should rent out the Rosewood Center after June when the Meals on Wheels seniors will be going to their new facility at the old middle school. CM Powell asked the city Clerk/Treasurer, Erin Lewis, if the city was making any money on rentals. Ms. Lewis replied that no, the city was not. Ms. Lewis also stated that it costs the city roughly $2000.00 monthly for the Rosewood Center. Ms. Lewis also stated that this is an historical building and should be cared for and not rented out. Ms. Lewis stated that 75% of the rentals the city has are “free” rentals to county officials, employees, etc. so, no, the city is not making money – it is costing the city money. Mayor Boughman concurred and stated that Council would address this again before the end of June and make a determination on how to best proceed with the Rosewood Center. Chief Gilstrap added that in his opinion, City Hall should be moved to the Rosewood Center, a building that the city already owns, rather than trying to buy or lease another building and it costing the city upwards of $160,000. Chief Gilstrap stated that the city is already paying for utilities for the Rosewood Center that it would only be a matter of phone and internet lines.


Mayor Boughman asked for a Motion to Adjourn:

  • CM Hunter made Motion to Adjourn
  • CM Padgett seconded the motion
  • Vote: All in favor

January 2007 Work Session Meeting Minutes

meeting-minutesJANUARY 3, 2007 – 6:00 P.M.

This meeting was called to order by Mayor Deese.

  • Present were Council Members: Michael Sheriff, Walt McJunkin, Dwight Yates, Lewis Wilson and Mayor Deese.
  • Absent: CM Brian Petersen and CM Rick Clark
  • Others Present: Chief Miller, Dean Thomas, and Chief Sargent.

Mayor Deese welcomed everyone and the meeting started at precisely 6:00 p.m.


 Gerald Sweitzer
Gerald Sweitzer

Mayor Deese welcomed Gerald Sweitzer, spokesperson for Vision 2025. Mr. Sweitzer stated each municipality has joined Vision 2025 except Central and Liberty. He stated Central has pledged to join. He stated our amount to donate was $2600. He gave each councilman copies of updated information regarding the program. Mr. Sweitzer explained that Vision 2025 was municipalities and individuals coming together to create a strategic vision for Pickens County and working toward a common goal for the future. Mr. Sweitzer informed council of the growth coming into Pickens County and that we needed to come together to shape the future of our county. He gave an accounting of the funds raised by Vision 2025 so far and what they hoped to accomplish. Mr. Sweitzer asked for questions from council. This will be put on the agenda for the next council meeting for a vote.

Chief Sargent stated the Fire Chief’s County Facility Committee met with County Administrator, Chap Hurst to discuss a new Countywide Training Facility. This training facility will include EMS, Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue. Chief Sargent stated the County Administrator will be proposing to the County Council that they pay for a study to draw up plans and estimated costs for this facility. Administrator Hurst is requesting that all agencies in the county send him a letter of support for this training facility. This letter has to be to the Administrator by January 10th.

Mayor Deese sated he thought it would take minimum work to turn the auditorium at Rosewood Center into a Community Center for the City. We need to collectively look at how we envision this room to look and then proceed with that. This is a project we could very easily complete this year. Mayor Deese stated he would like to see this project move forward and thought that it would be a good idea to assign committees to help move this project forward. He suggested CM Wilson chair the committee for the design of the Rosewood Community Center with CM Sheriff as Co-Chair. He stated this project was two-fold due to the historic nature of the building and he appointed CM McJunkin to Chair the Historic portion of the renovation and stated he had also talked with Luther Johnson in the community who would be agreeable to helping with that side of the project. Mayor Deese asked the project managers to bring in a couple of people out of the community to be on these committees also.

Richard Davidson, Building Official and Zoning Administrator, reported to council that we are at present using the 2003 International Code now. The State automatically adopts the 2006 International Code. We will have to adopt the 2005 National Electrical Code plus the administration section of the code and appendages. Mr. Davidson answered questions from council as to the changes to the Code. Mayor Deese stated this would be on our council meeting’s agenda for the 1st reading.

Mr. Davidson reported that in speaking with ACOG, the lot on Southern Street was recorded prior to zoning, therefore the size is grandfathered. Section 402 applies to this situation which is the use of substandard lots of record. CM Wilson requested Mr. Davidson get a legal definition from ACOG that specifically said that this lot could be changed from residential to commercial.

Mayor Deese stated the pedestrian park was another project he would like to see move forward and he appointed CM Sheriff to Chair a committee for that purpose. He appointed CM Yates to Co-Chair that committee.

Mayor Deese stated we decided on March 10, 2007 for our 2nd work retreat. He stated we want to review this past year and what we have accomplished and what we fell apart on. We want to look at what we want to accomplish in 2007 and review and set goals for the next few years. Mayor Deese reminded council of the council meeting Monday night and of the two 2nd Readings on the agenda and one 1st Reading. CM Sheriff stated Maria (Pancho’s) had requested that the City not place the no-parking signs in front of the restaurant but place them on the telephone poles if possible. Council discussed the parking situation on 178. CM Sheriff discussed with council some landscaping that Maria had offered to supply the labor for if the city would supply the plants.

• CM Wilson made motion to adjourn.
• CM Yates seconded the motion.
• All voted in favor