NEWBERRY — Newberry City Council unanimously approved second reading and adoption of an ordinance Tuesday to issue a Bond Anticipation Notice in the amount of $10 million.
The BAN will be used to redeem a BAN issued Aug. 26, 2013, and to provide additional funds to make improvements to the utility system. Once the redemption is completed, the remainder of the funds will be used for improvements in the council’s Capital Improvement Plan.
Council also held three public hearings and hearing no public comment, approved the following first readings:
• Amended Section 501 R-10 Single Family Residential of the city’s zoning ordinance to delete the words ” —- poultry or —-” from the section. The change would allow poultry within R-10 Single Family Residential areas of the city.
Councilman Edwin Wicker expressed concern as to what households would do with the litter produced each year by the poultry and what it would do to neighborhoods.
Mayor Foster Senn said some cities had more strict ordinances, but they would not be starting there. City Manager Al Harvey said that changes could be made if it was deemed necessary.
• Added section 3-22 to the code of ordinances of the city of Newberry limiting the number of chickens allowed per household in the city. Households will be allowed to keep a maximum of six hens. Roosters are prohibited. It also prohibits keeping chickens for commercial purposes.
Residents who violate the ordinance will receive a court summons. “It would be treated as a misdemeanor,” Harvey said.
• Amended the zoning for 913 Cline St. to LI-Limited Industrial. The property was formerly occupied by Newberry Lumber Company and later a pallet company, but is currently unoccupied. Council unanimously passed first reading at the request of the property’s owner.
In new business, Council approved first reading of an ordinance to finance the lease-purchase of a trash loader for the sanitation department.
Harvey said an account in this year’s budget contains $140,000 for this purpose. Of the three bids received, Harvey said the lowest bid was submitted by Nu-Life Environmental Inc. for $135,561. Council approved the bid.
Council also approved a resolution committing the city of Newberry to providing a local cash match for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund water and sewer upgrades in the West End Mill Village neighborhood. With the passing of this resolution, the city is committing to provide a local match of at least $70,686, which equals the minimum of 10 percent required by the S.C. Department of Commerce.
The match commitment is being made in support of the city’s CDBG application to the SCDOC for $706,863 to upgrade water and sewer infrastructures in the mill village neighborhood mentioned above. The project will mark the second round of improvements in the neighborhood aimed at replacing 80-year-old utility services.
The city also commits in providing the remaining funds needed to complete the proposed project in the scope of $1.46 million. The CDBG funds were awarded to the city in June.
• Council approved a request by the Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department to allow alcohol in designated event areas of Oktoberfest, scheduled for Oct.r 4. Only beer and wine sold by designated event vendors and venues with the proper permitting will be allowed. Only clear 16 ounce plastic cups and five ounce cups will be allowed into the outdoor event area.
• City Council members will tour the Water Treatment Plants and Wastewater Treatment Plant on Aug. 19, during a work session that starts at 5:30 p.m. The visit will give them an opportunity to see what needs to be done to upgrade both facilities and how the bond approved by council will be spent.