Tractor Supply, others coming?

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David Purtell - Staff Writer

Barnwell may have a Tractor Supply Co. coming to town in the future, according to a letter sent from the mayor to the Burger King Corporation.
The letter, dated Sept. 21, asks Burger King to consider reopening another franchise at the location on Dunbarton Boulevard where one once was. The letter says the plaza at Clinton Street and Dunbarton Boulevard is in the process of being sold and there are plans for a new shopping center to be built. The letter says the location will have a Tractor Supply, Family Dollar and an O'Reily Auto Parts.
The letter asks Burger King to reopen the franchise to further enhance that section of town.
City Administrator John Zawacki told council at its regular Oct. 1 gathering he was meeting with an architect Oct. 2 to discuss plans for the plaza. After the meeting he said the town is in talks with a Texas-based development company about selling the property. He said talks were going "well" and the process was moving along.
Also at the meeting, members of a local group of citizens called "Partners for Growth" introduced themselves to council. The group says it wants to work with municipalities in Barnwell County to help make the county strong.
John Young, a member of the group, told council, "We want to help you guys."
Cheryl Azouri Long, director of the Axis 1 Center and a member of the group, told council she was concerned about the "community not knowing what's going on" in the regards to growth and development in the area.
Council also heard a presentation on the new bike plan for Barnwell. The plan would make the city more bike and pedestrian friendly. It was previously presented at the Barnwell Library in September. Some council members were at that presentation and suggested the whole council hear what the developers had to say.
Mayor Ed Lemon said he liked the idea and thanked those involved for all their hard work.
Barnwell County Clerk of Court Rhonda McElveen told council that she was in the process of making property deeds from the last 35 years for Barnwell available online. She said the process should be finished sometime this month.
Council was supposed to hear a presentation on a redistricting plan for the city's council seats, but the person who was to present the plan was not able to attend the meeting.