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Action Council Report: ILAC hears about fire fees

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Columnist Paul Slazas is secretary of the Indian Land Action Council.

Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Pickard was the guest speaker at the Oct. 19 Indian Land Action Council meeting.
Pickard explained how the fire district fee originated six years ago because Lancaster County funding was not meeting the needs of the Indian Land Fire Department. The recent fee increase from $75 to $90 was designed to meet the department’s five-year growth plan and to enable future 24-hour coverage with a goal to relieve the burden on volunteer firefighters. He said we ask a lot of our volunteers and sometimes forget they have full-time jobs. Pickard said it costs $2,000 to outfit one firefighter, not including the airpack.
County updates
District 7 Planning Commissioner Ben Levine talked about new developments planned in the area.
In discussing school bus issues, S.C. District 45 House Rep. Brandon Newton said the governor vetoed any new school buses from the state and that the only way to get new buses would be to privatize the buses. ILAC President Jane Tanner said Lancaster County School District Transportation and Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said our school district is in dire need of school bus drivers.
Newton said the state Legislature passed a homeowner’s association bill that requires HOAs to publish their governing documents and mandates that HOAs notify homeowners of any fee increases. It also makes it easier for residents to sue an HOA through magistrate’s court.
District 1 County Councilman Terry Graham discussed progress on Indian Land’s new county satellite office. The plan is to staff it with Veterans Affairs, Voter Registration, Building and Zoning, and Economic Development.
District 7 Planning Commissioner Rosa Sansbury said the Planning Commission is working to change the name of similar-sounding streets such as Stirling Lane, Starling Lane and Sterling Court to better help 911 responders. She said similar names will be looked at more closely in the future to avoid this problem.
New IL Recreation Center
Tanner read a letter from Gary Vetter on the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation board stating there has been no activity by County Council toward approving the new recreation facility on Harrisburg Road. She wanted to know how we could get attention on this recreation center. Graham said council is trying to figure out how to use the 2 percent hospitality tax for recreation.
IL Fall Festival
Indian Land Fall Festival Chairman Mike Neese said more than 1,000 volunteers had signed up to help with the festival. He spoke to the coaches and the football players were to assist in parking cars. The Fall Festival was Saturday, Oct. 28, at Indian Land High School. Festival Director Robin Hensel passed out festival fliers.
Next meeting Nov. 16
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile will be the guest speaker at ILAC’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway. For details, contact Tanner at (803) 547-9597 or jtanner14@comporium.net, or visit indianlandactioncouncil.com.