June 2020 Council Highlights

  • Council held four public hearings this month to receive comments on:
  • Additional funding through Community Development Block Grant, with specifics on use through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security Act (Care Act).
  • Revision of an existing planned development, located at 1740 U.S. Highway 15 South, Pocalla Springs, to add Religious Organizations to the approved uses list within the land use area.
  • Revisions of an existing planned development on two properties, located at 2510 Patriot Parkway, to add General Merchandise Stores as an approved use.
  • Rezone a 192.99 acre parcel of land located at U.S. 521 and Beckwood Road from planned development to general commercial.
  • Rezone a 33.88 acre parcel, located at 1449 Camden Highway from residential-15 to residential-6.
  • Serving on a City of Sumter commission, board, or committee is one of the most effective ways for citizens to influence City policies and activities. Those interested in serving on a City board, commission or committee may visit sumtersc.gov/council/commissions and fill out the Citizens Form for Service, which is linked on the page.


  • As the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in South Carolina, citizens are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when distance cannot be maintained, sanitize hands regularly and avoid congregating in groups.
    • By the way, there is a free COVID-19 pop-up testing clinic happening Thursday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter. For details and a full list of clinics by location, you can also visit the City’s COVID-19 website.
  • Both City of Sumter Aquatics Center and Palmetto Tennis Center have reopened, with some limitations.
  • The Aquatics Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • The Palmetto Tennis Center is open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Citizens are reminded that parks and facilities are open, but in an effort to protect the health and safety of citizens and City employees, offices and restrooms remain closed to the public.
  • For the safety of our staff, the City of Sumter sanitation crews are not sorting recycling by hand at the curb during pickup. Please bag your recycling items and place them in the same container as your regular trash, until further notice. If you would like to continue recycling or have large items, there are nine recycling centers and a landfill located around Sumter County. Details and addresses can be found by visiting sumtersc.gov/public services/sanitation/recycling.
  • Please remember that online, mail and phone participation for the 2020 Census are still open. We ask that you please complete the census to determine funding and support for various services, such as highway planning and construction, grants that support teachers and housing assistance for older adults. You may find more information by visiting 2020census.gov.
  • City Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday at 1 PM and on the third Tuesday at 5:30 PM. While on a normal schedule, our meetings can be attended in person in the Council Chambers on the 4th floor of the Opera House, except for July. Currently, all our meetings are being held virtually. Residents may watch our meetings online by visiting youtube.com/cityofsumter. Public comments may be submitted online through our website at www.sumtersc.gov/council/meetings.
    • Next month we will only have one regularly scheduled meeting on July 21 at 5:30 PM.