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Road supervisor to make parking decisions

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Simpsonville may be added to tourism commission

By Lisa King

The Shelby County road supervisor now has the authority to restrict parking on some streets and roads in Shelby County, but he says he has no particular neighbor targeted.

“At this time, I do not have any plans for that, but that could change, especially as it gets closer to winter,” Road Supervisor Carl Henry said.

The Shelby County Fiscal Court passed on second reading Tuesday night an ordinance granting Henry the authority to establish no stopping, time-limit parking or no-parking zones on county roads, and even in some subdivisions.

County Attorney Hart Megibben said the decision to extend that authority to Henry was made because of his expertise in that area, an authority that Henry’s counterpart in the city, Jennifer Herrell, also possesses.

Henry said he has had numerous phone calls since the ordinance had its first reading, but he wants to reassure people that he doesn’t anticipate making any changes immediately.

“I have been getting a lot of calls, people asking me, ‘Hey, you’re not going to have my car towed if I park so and so,’” he said. “But I just want people to know, I have no intention of going out there looking around to see what needs to be changed. All this means is that I will have the ability to do something if I need to,”

 

Refinancing approved

Magistrates passed on second reading an ordinance that would allow the county to enter a lease as part of a new refinancing plan for two county facilities, the Family Activity Center and the Detention Center.

The ordinance introduced Sept. 18 was a revision of an ordinance passed in August but had to be scrapped because the county wanted to obtain a lower interest rate on the refinancing for the two facilities, a measure that would save the county $320,000 during the life of the $6.9 million, 15-year loan.

 

Tourism commission to add Simpsonville

The court also passed a first reading of an ordinance establishing a joint tourism commission between Shelbyville, Shelby County and Simpsonville. This ordinance would repeal an existing one that did not include Simpsonville and also would keep the 3 percent transient tax on motels, inns and similar establishments that comprises the tourism commission’s budget, Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors & Tourism Bureau Executive Director Katie Fussenegger said.

“There is absolutely nothing different about this ordinance other than the fact of adding Simpsonville,” she said.

Fussenegger said that adding Simpsonville would not increase the tourism commission’s annual revenue of $115,000 because there are no lodging accommodations in Simpsonville.

“That is the only income we receive,” she said. “This is just a proactive ordinance. When and if a motel or hotel is built there, that would also go into the fund.”

The ordinance will also have to be passed by the cities of Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

It was included on the Shelbyville City Council’s agenda Thursday night, and Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said the ordinance would come before Simpsonville City Commission in November.

He said he thinks the addition of Simpsonville is a good idea.

“The tourism commission has always promoted Simpsonville, and so it just makes sense, especially with the growth of our city over the last ten years,” he said.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he agrees.

“This will be a way to recognize the importance of the City of Simpsonville and will help to draw us closer together as government bodies,” he said.

 

Also at the meeting, magistrates:

§       Approved the leasing of a new copier from Duplicator Sales & Service for the county judge’s office, at the rate of $264 per month for 12 months. The lease agreement is for 48 months, but the court agreed to purchase the copier at the end of the 12 months and pay for the remainder out of the county’s 2013 budget.

§       Announced a household hazardous waste collection day on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 120 Midland Blvd. (Formerly Peddler’s Mall).

§       Announced the cancellation of the Clay Village Festival.

§       Rescheduled the regular meeting of fiscal court of Nov. 6 because that is election day. Magistrates instead will convene at 9 a.m. Oct. 30.