By Al Dozier

The Irmo Town Council gave final reading approval July 16 to a rezoning ordinance clearing the way for a new golf cart business to locate on an eight-acre tract on Koon Road just off I-26.

The council agreed to change the zoning from Planned Development District to General Commercial.

Councilwoman Katy Condom said she visited the site and determined there wasn’t much residential development in the area and that the site would be a good location for the business.

The council gave first reading to another rezoning measure that would allow new retail office space to be located at 7407 Carlisle Street The site would be rezoned from Neighborhood Commercial to General Commercial. The site is already surrounded by general commercial properties.

The council gave first-reading approval to the purchase of three police vehicles in the amount of $79,997 under state contract from Santee Automotive LLC.

Condom’s proposed amendment to exempt business restrictions on minors who perform chores in the community, such as cutting grass, failed to get a second-vote motion on second  reading. Other council members have said such restrictions are not enforced on minors and the amendment is not needed.

The council gave first reading approval to an ordinance that updates local regulations to comply with state regulations on the use of fireworks.

The council discussed recommendations contained in a letter from Irmo resident Mike Ward regarding decorum at council meetings.

Ward submitted several suggestions on rules that would assure citizens, and council members, they were being treated with respect. He said persons speaking to the council should not be interrupted, and all parties should use respectful language.

Mayor Hardy King said the council attempts to follow Roberts Rules of Order, but the rules and regulations are so extensive they are often hard to follow. He suggested the council come up with a new ordinance that would provide basic guidelines, and provided council members with some of the rules and regulations used by other towns in the Midlands and by school boards.

“We should be acting like adults,” he said.

After the discussion, Ward advised the council he reviewed Roberts Rules and considered them in his recommendations. He said he reduced them to five rules.

The council will consider limiting public comments to three or five minutes to reduce lengthy presentations.

During a discussion on possible referendum questions on the November ballot the council agreed to consider any proposals at the next council meeting to comply with election deadlines.

The council held a brief discussion regarding plastic bag bans. Since Lexington and Richland Counties are now considering regulations, the council agreed to hold off on considering a local ban.

The council held an executive session to consider a land purchase, but no action was taken.

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