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This Code is a codification of the ordinances of Richland County, South Carolina, of a general and permanent nature. As expressed in the Adopting Ordinance, the Code supersedes all such ordinances not included therein or recognized as continuing in force by reference thereto.
The chapters of the Code are arranged in alphabetical order and the sections within each chapter are catchlined to facilitate usage. Footnotes which tie related sections of the Code together and which refer to relevant provisions of the state law have been included. A table listing the state law citations and setting forth their location within the Code is included at the back of this volume. The source of each section is indicated by the history note appearing in parentheses at the end thereof. The absence of such a note indicates that the section is new and was adopted for the first time with the adoption of the Code. By use of the Comparative Table also appearing in the back of the volume, any ordinance included herein can be readily found in the Code.
The numbering system used in this Code is the same system used in many state and local government codes. Each section number consists of two component parts separated by a dash, the figure before the dash representing the chapter number and the figure after the dash indicating the position of the section within the chapter. Thus, the first section of chapter 1 is numbered 1-1 and the twelfth section of chapter 14 is 14-12. Under this system, each section is identified with its chapter, and, at the same time, new sections or even whole chapters can be inserted in their proper places, simply by using the decimal system for amendments. By way of illustration: If new material consisting of three sections that would logically come between sections 3-3 and 3-4 is desired to be added, such new sections would be numbered 3-3.1, 3-3.2 and 3-3.3, respectively. New chapters may be included in the same manner. If the new materials is to be included between chapters 3 and 4 it will be designated as chapter 3.5. Care should be taken that the alphabetical arrangement of chapters is maintained when including new chapters. New articles and new divisions may be included in the same way or, in the case of articles, may be placed at the end of the chapter embracing the subject, and, in the case of divisions, may be placed at the end of the article embracing the subject, the next successive number being assigned to the article or division.
The index has been prepared with the greatest of care. Each particular item has been placed under several headings, some of the headings being couched in lay phraseology, others in legal terminology and still others in language generally used by government officials and employees. There are numerous cross references within the index itself which stand as guideposts to direct the user to the particular item in which he is interested.
The publishers are most grateful to T. Cary McSwain, County Administrator, Brenda Fuller, the former Clerk of Council, Michielle Cannon-Finch, Interim Clerk of Council, Larry C. Smith, Esquire, Interim Richland County Attorney, Kathryn Y. Jones, Assistant to the County Attorney, Tibor Giffel, Director of the Office of Procurement, Donna Cannon-Abdullah and Joseph Albers, of the Office of Procurement, Gail Stanley, Planning Director, and Ralph Pearson, County Engineer, for their generous assistance in the reprinting of this Code.
Most grateful thanks is given to Lois A. Mitchell, Brenda H. Cooke, and Jeffrey Punn, which, without their dedication and extraordinary legal and clerical skills, the reprinting of this Code Book would not have been possible.