The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners approved a variance request during a regular meeting June 16 allowing a new Sprint Food convenience store to reduce setback requirements and position the future building to the rear of the property. The new store will be built at 2093 Washington Road near the 1-20 interchange.

The Thomson-McDuffie County Planning and Zoning Commission met on June 2 and recommended the county approve the variance request made by applicant Southern Partners for Sprint Food.

The variance permits Sprint Food to reduce a 30-foot side setback and a 30-foot rear setback on the 1.35-acre parcel. Reduced setbacks also should enable 18-wheelers to maneuver safely in and out of the parking lot when delivering fuel to Sprint Food gas tanks, commissioners reasoned.

“I think it will be a lot better than what’s there now,” Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said.

The commission also approved an amendment to the county’s building ordinance. The amendment will bring the county code in line with the International Property Maintenance Code in regard to preventing neighborhood blight.

The commission tabled an amendment to the county ordinance on subdivision road acceptance and agreed to take it up at the next meeting. Commissioners stated they would like to do further research on the legal ramifications of the proposed change. The amendment reads that a developer’s maintenance period will last 12 months from the date that the county formally accepts subdivision improvements, “except in such cases where development occurs in phases. If the development is completed in phases, the developer maintenance period shall last 12 months after the last improvement (road) has been dedicated.”

In other county business, commissioners approved an annual contract with the Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission to provide transportation services for elderly residents. The contract for McDuffie County Transit runs from July 1 through June 30, 2021.

The commission also approved an easement request from Georgia Power. The easement is for a parcel located on Main Street that has been set aside for a drainage improvement project.

County Finance Director Pam Workman briefed commissioners on the county’s monthly budget and finances. The budget report for May represents 41.67 percent of the yearly budget, according to Workman.

“Generally speaking, we are a little better than we were at this time last year,” County Manger David Crawley said.

General fund revenues for 2020 year to date are $3,731,843.87 and were $3,669,519.86 at this time in 2019, the budget report shows.

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