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by | December 21, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: December 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Walterboro City Council members gave first readings to two proposed ordinances that seek to clear up provisions in the city’s Unified Development Ordinance dealing with the East Washington Street commercial area.
Both ordinances were based on recommendations from the city’s Planning Commission.
One seeks uniformity in façade design guidelines.
Deputy City Manager Hank Amundson, who works on planning and development issues as part of his job description, said guidelines for building façades in the downtown area differed. depending on if the planned work was a new building, a building renovation or a building addition.
The ordinance under consideration will ease that confusion by mandating clear glass storefronts.
The second ordinance seeks to clear up some confusion in establishing apartments in the downtown area.
The city’s Central Business District zoning regulation allows for mixed use and residential. The new ordinance states that in a single-story commercial building, up to 50 percent of the square footage can be used for an accessory apartment, but that space has to be at the rear of the building. In a two-story building, the second flood can be used to establish an apartment. “We want to preserve the store fronts,” Amundson explained.
Amundson said the city’s building code treats the construction of an accessory apartment in a downtown commercial property the same as it would someone establishing an apartment in their residence.
The proposed ordinance will recognize that an apartment in the business district is different.
A first reading was also given to an ordinance that would amend the city’s Code of Ordinances section covering buildings and building regulations.
City Manager Jeff Molinari said the amendment provides altered language that is needed to address code enforcement changes brought about by the reorganization of the building department.
E. Butch Widdon of The Baird Audit Group LLC, made his yearly visit to Walterboro City Council to report on the firm’s 2016-2017 comprehensive annual financial report.
The report showed the city is in “a very good financial condition,” said Molinari. “The city got a clean, unqualified opinion from the auditor — that is what you want.”

• Council members approved a resolution certifying the results of the Nov. 7 election in which Mayor Bill Young won another term and James Broderick, Carl Brown and Greg T. Pryor were elected to city council.
A few minutes later council approved accepting the resignation of Brown from the Building Board and Pryor from the Planning Commission. Their election council required they leave those posts.
• After an executive session, council members accepted the resignation of Jay Lemacks as associate municipal judge.
• Council approved a mutual aid agreement with the state. The state’s Emergency Management Division sought the mutual aid agreement that provides state help in dealing with a catastrophic event and eases the city’s path to federal disaster assistance.
• The Colleton County Arts Council was given permission to use the Walterboro Wildlife Center and municipal parking lot for its Resolution Run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 6.
• The Rice Festival Board’s street closing requests and parade permit were approved. The 2018 Rice Festival will be April 27 and 28.
• The calendar for the city’s work on 2018-2019 budget was presented to council for its consideration.
• The city council’s annual retreat will be held at Wampee Conference Center at Pinopolis. During the retreat, council and city officials review 2017’s work and lay the groundwork for 2018.

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