Town of Fort Mill adds Judges, land, new home sites

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comNovember 5, 2013 

— Fort Mill Town Council added judges and acreage last week, among several decisions impacting the town.

After more than two hours in a closed-door meeting, Council unanimously voted to extend offers to Lisa Collins as municipal judge and David Wood as associate judge. The motion also provides that the town attorney and judge positions will now report to the town manager directly, rather than to Council.

Wood is a magistrate court judge in Fort Mill and the municipal court judge in Tega Cay. Councilman Nathan Blythe said the vote last week was to continue Wood’s service in town.

Collins is a former longtime York County Assistant Solicitor.

Charlie Funderburk, city manager in Tega Cay, said Wood is a full-time judge for York County and a contract, part-time employee in Tega Cay.

“It shouldn’t affect the City of Tega Cay,” Funderburk said of the Fort Mill decision.

Council approved a draft agreement with the Fort Mill History Museum, outlining what’s expected of the museum in spending the $25,000 approved by the town in its current budget cycle. Council approved that money from its hospitality tax fund, meaning by law it must be spent of tourism-generating activities.

Council also finalized two annexations to add a combined 79 acres and almost 180 home sites into town limits. The Pulte Group, developers of Springfield Meadows, plans to put 80 to 85 lots on Hwy. 21 Bypass between Captain Steve’s restaurant and York Electric Cooperative. M/I Homes plans another 93 lots between Harris and Sutton roads.

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