Lucas Vance Staff Writer
December 25, 2013
WINNSBORO — The Friends of Mt. Zion Institute recently returned a signed contract to the Town of Winnsboro pertaining to the sale of the Mt. Zion property.
During an upcoming meeting, council will introduce an ordinance authorizing the sale of the property in accordance with the contract.
Signatures on the contract included special utility counsel John Fantry for the Town of Winnsboro and from FOMZI, chairwoman Vicki Dodds, vice chairwoman Brenda Miller and treasurer Susan D. Taylor.
The 3.15-acre property contains four buildings including the Mt. Zion school, auditorium and gym, the cafeteria and a house known as the “teacherege.”
A price tag of $5 has put on the property, providing FOMZI promises to do the following:
• Rehabilitate and develop property for purposes permitted under existing zoning codes
• Perform all construction activities by volunteers or paid agents in accordance with state laws and regulations including but not limited to asbestos abatement and lead paint removal
• Insure property for loss or accidental damage at purchaser’s expense within 30 days of transfer
• Obey town construction codes to protect pedestrians while removing debris from the property and undertake building stabilization efforts
• Complete building stabilization within 18 months of acquiring the property, so that structures do not violate Winnsboro’s dangerous building code
• Hire a contractor/developer within 30 months from the date of purchase for historic rehabilitation.
All these promises will be shown as part of the consideration and appear in the deed for transfer to FOMZI. If any of the promises are not upheld, the Town of Winnsboro will have the option to void the contract and schedule demolition of the property.
In other business, Town Clerk Anne Stewart delivered the first reading of Ordinance 010714. The ordinance will authorize the town to lease a portion of the water tank on Cook Road to Fairfield County’s EMS department for the purposes of setting up two radio antennas along with an auxiliary radio equipment building next to the water tank.
A second reading and public comment session will be held at the next council meeting on Jan. 7.
After an executive session on Dec. 17, council unanimously approved two resolutions regarding water and sewer contracts with Fairfield County in regular session.
Resolution 121713A authorized the town to sign a memorandum of understanding with Fairfield County for the modification to the town’s existing water infrastructure from North Fire Tower Road in Richland County to the Rite-Aid water tank on S.C. 34.
Resolution 121713B allowed the town to sign a memorandum expanding sewer service to the Walter Brown Industrial Park.