York County workers could get extra day off

Special to The HeraldMay 7, 2013 

• Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the York County Council did not approve an agreement with Rock Hill regarding potential future development of the property that is now home to the main branch of the county library system.

York County is considering adding a holiday for its employees, who now get on average three fewer holidays than workers in counties across the state.

The added day off with pay would be an optional holiday, said Councilman Joe Cox, chairman of the County Council’s finance and operations committee meeting. He presented the idea to the full council Monday night.

“It gives them an extra day to do what they need to do,” he said.

With the added holiday, Cox said, county employees would get a total of 11 paid holidays – still short of the statewide average of 13.

The council will get its first chance to vote on the added holiday when it meets again on May 20.

Also Monday, the County Council:

• Heard a proposal to rezone a property on S.C. 160 West in Fort Mill, owned by Springland. Standard Pacific Homes applied for the zoning request.

Fort Mill resident Sherry Allen said she was worried about the increased traffic the development would create on S.C. 160. Citing a 2011 traffic analysis, Allen said Fort Mill already exceeded the 29,200 trip limit the highway was designed to handle. She said the new development would “bring this to troubling levels.”

While there are plans for a connector road to ease traffic on S.C. 160 in the future, Allen said, a short-term solution is needed.

• Rejected an agreement with Rock Hill regarding possible future development of the downtown property that is now the home of the main branch of the York County Library.

The agreement would have ensured that York County will work with Rock Hill to develop the property in both the city and county’s best interests if the property were no longer used for a library.

Councilman Curwood Chappell said the agreement was not necessary.

“I don’t mind (Rock Hill) having this compact,” he said. “I mind them thinking they need this.”

• Approved on second reading a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement with Lap Tech Industries, which plans to spend $4.5 million to expand its York plant and add 60 jobs.

Lap Tech continues to grow, increasing investments to $3.1 million in 2012 and hoping to reach $3.6 million by 2014, company president Ramon Guzman said.

The agreement would help the company stay in York County and continue to create local jobs, he said.

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