SANTEE -- State Sen. John W. Matthews Jr., D-Bowman, presented a check for $60,000 at the September meeting of Santee Town Council.
The town will spend the money on an 8-inch water line to a “tru by Hilton” hotel that will be built on three adjacent properties that recently change hands.
The properties are a Knights Inn, the former Maurice Bessinger’s BBQ restaurant and a lot on Britain Street that is vacant except for a driveway to the Knights Inn.
The new hotel will need more water than an existing 2-inch line to the former restaurant can deliver, Mayor Donnie Hilliard said.
The hotel’s developers also want a variance exempting them from the rule that all parts of the building must be at least 10 feet away from a property line.
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The Town of Santee Zoning Board will meet to consider the request at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in council chambers at the town hall on Municipal Way.
The zoning board has a new member. On Sept. 4, town council voted to appoint Robert Lawn to succeed Barbara Westphal, who did not wish to continue to serve. Board meetings are rare – Hilliard said they only met one time last year.
Turning to other water-related issues, the mayor said a bolt of lightning struck a street sign on Tee Vee Road near Bass Drive with such intensity that an 8-inch water main burst.
That interrupted water flow to Lake Marion High School & Technology Center and forced the school to cancel the first football game of the season.
Hilliard said repairs to the line were completed in about 24 hours but “it took several days to meet (S.C. Department of Environmental and Health Control) standards” to resume providing water to the school.
The mayor said that employees of are golf courses, which spray treated wastewater on their greens, continue to complain that solid objects are getting caught in their sprinkler heads and destroying them. Hilliard said he is aware of the problem and is working to eliminate it.