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Fort Lawn transfers fire station property to Chester County

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By Brian Garner

The Town of Fort Lawn voted at their April meeting to transfer ownership of the land and buildings of the Fort Lawn Fire Department from the town to Chester County.

At their February meeting the town voted to transfer the property and building where the Fort Lawn Fire Department is located to the Fort Lawn fire district. At the April meeting, Mayor John Rumford explained the attorney assisting the town with the property transfer advised the property should be transferred to Chester County, as opposed to the fire protection district itself. The ordinance specifies Chester County is the entity that “should possess and own all property used solely for fire protection services.”

The property had to be transferred by ordinance, which included a public hearing between the passing of the first and second (and final) reading of the ordinance.

Following a public hearing where there was no one in the public speaking for or against the transfer, the town council conveyed the property to Chester County “for the exclusive use for the Fort Lawn fire protection district,” according to the ordinance.

The ordinance also specifies the Fort Lawn Fire District has plans to construct a fire building at the property site in the future. As a part of the transfer, a survey will need to be done of the property to determine the property lines, said Rumford.

“When this property was purchased by the town, it was in 1953 and some of the property lines weren’t clearly defined,” he said.

In other business:

  • At the March meeting, Fort Lawn Police Chief David Hayes was asked to look at the feasibility of closing a portion of Main Street for the “Trick or Treat Trot,” planned by the Fort Lawn Community Center on Oct. 21 as a fundraiser to benefit the FLCC programs. He reported the police department does not see any problems with blocking the road, but added the SCDOT would have to give approval to block that portion of Main Street that will be used for the route for the runners. Town council voted to authorize support for the fun run.
  • A required public hearing for purchase of a second police vehicle through a USDA grant has been scheduled for April 25 at 7 p.m.

A budget workshop for the 2017-2018 budget has been scheduled for April 20 at 4 p.m. The first reading for the budget will take place in May.