Pelzer considering water options

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Pelzer – During their first meeting of the year, Pelzer Town Council members were administered the oath of office which wes followed by an update on a proposal by Greenville Water. The Town of Pelzer is considering options to purchase water in bulk from Greenville Water system which could save the town some money. Details on the amount of daily usage and the cost per gallon are still being looked at, Administrator Skip Watkins said.

The bulk purchase proposal will include an upfront buy-in cost which will have to be borrowed. The Town is also still considering the option of purchasing water from the Town of Williamston.

Additional discussions and more details on the offers will be discussed at a future meeting of Council, Watkins said. No contract has been signed by Pelzer with Greenville Water at this time.

Pelzer Heritage Commission member Larry Coker updated Council on the Pelzer Mill property. Coker told the council that the group is applying for $400,000 brownfields grant to help with cleanup at the old mill trash dump site.

He also said the group has signed a six month lease with the pallet company currently operating on the mill property. Coker said the short term lease will provide the organization with some funds for expenses and to operate with in the future.

“We have to have funding to start with,” he said.

Coker said they have had to purchase liability insurance and that the group is taking steps to board up the old mill office building and begin some cleanup of the area.

The Pelzer Heritage Commisssion obtained ownership of the property in December.

Mayor pro-tem Donna Ide conducted the meeting in the absence of Mayor Steve McGregor who was out of town attending a funeral.