Sumter Commission to study the feasibility of a service center | News | Daily Sun Villages

Sumter County Commissioners agree that building a new service center in the county’s south should be a top priority as the county continues to grow.

The board unanimously approved a contract with Kimley-Horn to perform a feasibility analysis for a planned service center at the intersection of County Road 470 and U.S. Highway 301.

In February, the commissioners approved the continuation of negotiations to purchase up to 17 acres in the Sumterville area for the project.

The feasibility analysis will consist of a property study, a natural resource assessment of the site and a geotechnical study of the plots under consideration as well as a proposed site plan and cost estimate.

A new service center would make it easier for residents of South Sumter to access services such as renewing their driver’s license, paying property tax or registering to vote.

Commissioners have already approved approximately $1.65 million in the budget for expenses associated with the purchase of the land and initial design and engineering services.

Commissioner Doug Gilpin, who represents District 2, which includes the Sumterville area where the new service center would be located, said it was the right priority for the county.

“This is a big step for the future of Sumter County,” he said. “The county is growing, so it’s important for us to make sure all services are in the right places to be convenient for all residents, no matter where they live. This area is developing really well and will be a major center of activity in the future.

The new service center would complement the one already in place at 7375 Powell Road in Wildwood.

Also Tuesday:

— The commission unanimously approved operating licenses for three internet cafes — two in Lake Panasoffkee and one in the Lady Lake area over Gilpin’s objections.

Under an order passed by the commission in January, internet cafe operators must comply with new regulations, including limiting opening hours from 8 a.m. to midnight, requiring a private security guard in the evening , a CCTV system, silent alarms, secure cash management systems, signage and prohibition of the sale of alcohol.

Several Lake Panasoffkee residents spoke out against the facilities at a public hearing.

But the council was required to issue permits to businesses that were already open before the January order, County Administrator Bradley Arnold said.

Gilpin voted to approve the permits, but made it clear he did so reluctantly.

“I don’t like any of that,” he said. “There is nothing good coming from these places. We must be vigilant and keep our feet on the fire. It’s about applying, applying, applying. I would favor three strikes and you’re out.

— Commissioners unanimously approved the creation of the Coleman Ridge Community Development District.

The Coleman Ridge CDD will consist of approximately 559 acres. The establishment of the new CDD will allow the construction of infrastructure such as roads, utilities, drainage, common areas and common amenities.

The mixed-use development located south of the Coleman city limits and east of US 301 will feature 550 single-family homes for workforce housing. It will also house the Rep industrial park. Marlene O’Toole, which will have up to 7 million square feet of industrial uses and up to 100,000 square feet of commercial development.

– It unanimously approved a contract with AE Engineering for construction engineering and inspections for improvements to CR 229. This road will be extended to four lanes on a 1.5 mile stretch of State Highway 44 north to CR 462 in Wildwood.

Aurora J. William