Council OK’s Transfer of Sycamore Water Deal

WINNSBORO – Town Council last week approved the transfer of a water agreement from the developer of a pair of Blythewood projects to a prospective buyer of one of those projects.

Last March, Council gave the OK to up to 42,800 gallons a day for 107 residential lots on a 31.23-acre tract at 502 Rimer Pond Road in Blythewood, while also approving 25,000 gallons per day for 5 acres of commercial property adjoining the tract. That agreement put to rest a beef by Sycamore Development, LLC, which, in 2008, had planned to develop three parcels there into a 300-home subdivision. The developer received a Capacity and Willingness to Serve letter from Winnsboro for 250 residential lots with the understanding that the water taps were to be prepaid by Sycamore once the water line went in on Rimer Pond Road.

That water line was completed and accepted by Winnsboro in July of 2009, but Sycamore never prepaid for any taps.

The subdivision never materialized, and two of the three parcels have since been sold off. As of last March, Sycamore still held a 31.23-acre parcel at 502 Rimer Pond Road that it also wanted to unload but, according to documents obtained by The Voice last summer, could not because Winnsboro allegedly refused to enter into a Capacity and Willingness to Serve agreement with prospective buyers.

At their June 16 meeting, Council voted unanimously to transfer Sycamore’s water agreement for the 31.23-acre tract to LandTech, Inc. of S.C.

Capital Expenditures

Council approved a request from the Water Department for nearly $40,000 to remove, repair, reinstall and test a blower and motor at the wastewater treatment plant. The winning bid of $39,994 for the job went to Randall Supply, Inc. Although the highest of three quotes the Town received for the job, according to documents provided by the Town, Randall Supply gave the Town its “Worst Case Scenario” price.

A quote of $28,727 from Powerhouse Mechanical was rejected because, the documents state, “They can get the job done, but their quotation does not cover motor work, equipment to remove the blower and possibly some detail work as yet undetermined.”

Hobgood Electric and Machinery offered a quote of $37,695, but later withdrew their bid.

Council also approved $7,178 for a new air conditioning unit at the Old Armory, and $22,000 for a new pickup truck for the Streets and Sanitation Department.