SANFORD: Council approves interlocal agreement with CCCC

May. 08, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

City council agreed Tuesday night that in exchange for the city's use of Central Carolina Community College's Emergency Training Center, the college could use the Sanford Municipal Golf Course for its annual tournament free of charge. 

The interlocal agreement — which was proposed during last week's Law and Finance committee meeting by CCCC President Bud Marchant — was approved in a 6-to-1 vote during the 7 p.m. meeting at the Sanford Municipal Center. Council member Charles Taylor was the lone vote against the agreement.

Taylor said he was frustrated with the council "rushing into" the agreement and the decision would prove to be a hindrance to future boards.

"It is not our job to subsidize the community college," Taylor said after the meeting. "We are here to represent the citizens of Sanford. We voted to put the golf course into an enterprise fund by majority of the vote and now we are giving it away without proper vetting."

Council is already considering changing the fees for the high schools for their use of the golf course and the city was not getting anything new from the college, Taylor said. 

The interlocal agreement formalizes the Sanford Police Department's use of the college's truing center for a variety of exercises, including "SWAT team tryouts, the training tower of repelling, physical assessments, use of the firearms simulator and law enforcement patrol vehicle training." In exchange, the community college would get free use of the golf course once a year for its annual tournament to benefit the CCCC Foundation, which provides scholarships and financial aid for students.

In other matters, Council:

* Proclaimed May 19-25 as Public Works Week. According to the proclamation, the mayor called on "citizens and civic leaders in this community to gain knowledge of, and maintain a progressive interest in the public works needs and programs vital to our everyday lives, and to recognize the daily contributions which public works official make to ensure our health, safety, comfort and quality of life."

* Approved three requests to rezone property. More than 17 acres at 3010 S. Horner Blvd. was rezoned from Office and Institutional to the General Commercial district for a proposed shopping center next to the southeast side of Southside Plaza Shopping Center. Less than an acre was rezoned from Residential Mixed to General Commercial at 140 E. Chisholm St. for the Bread Basket to install a new shed. Nearly three acres were rezoned from Residential Single-family to General Commercial at the intersection of Tramway and St. Andrews Church roads for "future commercial development."

* Passed a resolution adopting a voluntary early retirement incentive program. According to the resolution, the voluntary program offers a severance payment for employees who retire early in response to the changes in the sales tax distribution method. The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted to change the sales tax distribution method from per capita to ad valorem resulting in a $1.4 million revenue loss for the city.

* Remarked on the success of the Sanford Arts & Vine Festival, which was held this previous weekend.

* Extended their condolences to the family of former Broadway Commissioner Clemellyn "Clem" Welch, who died this weekend.