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It's Official: April 10, 2019

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A weekly listing of area government and political news and events

Lancaster County wins budget award
Lancaster County received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
Winners had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was also presented to county budget analyst Kimberly Belk.
More than 1,600 entities participate in the budget awards program. The most recent budget award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website at wwwgfoa.org.
Health and Wellness Commission meets
The Lancaster County Health and Wellness Commission meets at 11:45 a.m. April 10 at the Prime Time for Seniors Center, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster.
Transportation Committee to meet
The Lancaster County Transportation Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. April 11 in council chambers on the second floor of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
IL GOP Women to meet April 11
The Indian Land Republican Women meet at 7 p.m. April 11 at Towne Tavern, 9789 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. Lancaster GOP Chairwoman Sandy McGarry will speak on how Indian Land is impacting the state GOP. Follow Indian Land Republican Women on Facebook to see the meeting live.
Planning Commission meets April 16
The Lancaster County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. April 16 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

PV fire protection district board meets
The Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. April 16 at Pleasant Valley Fire Station No. 1, 9370 Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land.

IL fire district board to meet April 17
The Indian Land Fire Protection District Board meets at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Indian Land Fire Station, 185 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land. Topics include year-to-date labor costs and revised budget for 2019-20.

Community Relations Commission meets
The Lancaster County Community Relations Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. April 18 in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
IL Action Council to meet April 18
The Indian Land Action Council meets at 7 p.m. April 18 at Del Webb Library at Indian Land, 7641 Charlotte Highway. Board elections will be held and local elected officials will provide updates. The public is invited. For details, visit www.indianlandactioncouncil.com or follow the group on Facebook to see the meeting live.

County Council meets April 22
Lancaster County Council meets at 6 p.m. April 22 ( second and fourth Mondays) in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

County school board meeting moved to April 23
Due to spring break, the Lancaster County school board will meet at 7 p.m. April 23 at the district office, 300 S. Catawba St., Lancaster. For details or to sign up to speak, call (803) 286-6972.
Republican Party meets April 25
The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold its biennial reorganization at 7 p.m. April 25.
Those who vote at precincts north of S.C. 5 meet at the Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.
Those who vote at precincts south of  S.C. 5 meet at Mike Williams Builders, 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster.
For details, call (954) 821-4203.
IL Service Center posts schedule
Lancaster County departments are open at the Indian Land Service Center, 8451 Charlotte Highway, as follows:
• Stormwater Department, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
• Veterans Affairs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, by appointment only; closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch
• Treasurer’s Office, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 14 (second Tuesday each month), closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch
County planners hold work session
The Lancaster County Planning Commission will hold a work session at 5 p.m. May 2 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
Fire Commission meets May 2
The Lancaster County Fire Commission meets at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Emergency Operations Center, 111 Covenant Place, Lancaster.
County Democratic Party meets May 2
The Lancaster County Democratic Party meets 7-8:30 p.m. May 2 at the Lancaster County Library Conference Room, 313 S. White St., Lancaster. Meetings are open to the public.
For details, contact Keith T. Grey Sr. at keithgreysr@gmail.com or (803) 227-3364, or visit www.LancasterDemocrats.com.
Conservation board meets May 6
The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District board meets at 7 p.m. May 6 at the district office, 1771 U.S. 521 Bypass South, Lancaster. The public is invited. Call (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for details.

VW Planning Commission meets May 6

The Van Wyck Planning Commission will review Karen Andrade’s requests to rezone the old Ashe house at 5189 Old Hickory Road  and the Thompson house at 5205 Old Hickory Road from residential to neighborhood business at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
VW Town Council meets May 6
Van Wyck Town Council meets at 7 p.m. May 6 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
Congressman offers services May 7
U.S. House District 5 Rep. Ralph Norman’s staff offers legislative constituent services 9-11 a.m. May 7 (first Tuesday of the month) in the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
County residents may also reach the staff at Suite 302B, 454 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill, or (803) 327-1114.
Zoning appeals board meets May 7
The Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. May 7 in council chambers in the Lancaster County Administrative Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
Van Wyck groups meet May 7
The Van Wyck Crime Watch and the Van Wyck Community Development Club meet May 7 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
The Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m., followed by the Community Development Club at 7:30 p.m.
Council committees meetings scheduled
Lancaster County Council committees meetings will be held in the council conference room at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster, as follows:
• Administration Committee, 10 a.m. May 14
• Infrastructure and Regulation Committee, 3 p.m. May 14
• Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. May 28
History Commission meets May 14
The Lancaster County Historical Commission meets at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Lancaster County Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main St., Lancaster.
Rec advisory board meets May 14
The Lancaster Recreation Advisory Board meets at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the Springdale Recreation Complex, 260 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-5545.
Environmental group seeks volunteers
An environmental organization is looking for local participation and volunteers to reconnect with nature. For details, email kayakcatawba@yahoo.com.
Recover property from sheriff’s office
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office advertises found property on its website, www.lacoso.net. A list of the property, which has been recovered by deputies and placed into evidence for safekeeping, can be seen in the news section of the sheriff’s office website.
Rightful owners can contact the evidence and property unit at (803) 313-2102 to describe the item and claim ownership. The sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the property after a 90-day period, after exhausting all reasonable efforts to find the legal owner.

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