No July 4th celebration in Pelzer, West Pelzer

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By Stan Welch

For the second consecutive year West Pelzer and Pelzer will not hold a Fourth of July celebration.

Last year, Pelzer town administrator Skip Watkins said that budget constraints and other expenses associated with the town’s ongoing sewer project just made it “burdensome” for the town, citing the cost of fireworks, food, drink, and employee overtime. This year, the question didn’t even come up.

West Pelzer Town Clerk Paula Payton cited last year’s difficulties in acquiring the services of a licensed pyrotechnician to perform the display as the main reason for the cancellation. “We ran into so many regulations and so much red tape last year, and with the costs associated with it, that we didn’t even budget any money for a celebration this year. We moved those funds to a different line item related to our upcoming celebration of the Town’s centennial.”

Payton said that planning for the centennial celebration will begin following final adoption of the 2013-2014 budget.