Mining ordinance moves ahead in Williamsburg County

March 21, 2019

KINGSTREE, S.C. – The Williamsburg County Council approved on second reading Tuesday an ordinance to initiate a study and recommendations for mining regulation.

If passed on final reading, the ordinance would:

Regulate the withdrawal of groundwater for draining operations.Impose a six-month moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications for building permits for structures to be used to benefit and to be integrated with mining operations or other activities involving withdrawal of groundwater for the purpose of draining a site for mining.

Before the start of Tuesday’s meeting, a public hearing was held on the mining ordinance and an ordinance relating to a joint county industrial park.

The council passed on third reading an ordinance to amend an agreement for development of a joint county industrial park executed on April 24, 1995. between Berkeley and Williamsburg counties to provide for a jointly owned and operated industrial/business park. This would include additional property in Berkeley County as part of the park, according to the ordinance.

In other business, the council passed a proclamation in support of Disabilities Awareness Month and a resolution to enter into a five-year unified lease agreement with Canon Solutions America Inc. for 15 multi-function copiers.

After hearing presentations from the C.E. Murray High School golf team and Frangetter Battle, CEO and president of Personal Touch Beauty and Barber College, the council decided to donate to both groups.

Jeff Wilkins of the information technology (IT) department, was named Employee of the Month.