GWBA approves budget for Party in the Park


During their May meeting Tuesday, The Greater Williamston Business Association approved a change in the bylaws and plans for three Party in the Park Music Series Events.

GWBA president Chris Trotter reported the group added three new members, Carolina Koaches, Chris Wagner Formal Affair DJ and Brent’s Custom Flooring. The association now has 74 members.

GWBA Secretary Faye Meares resigned her position citing future calendar conflicts. Meares will continue to head up the GWBA Golf Tournament held in October. The group approved Paula Payton as the new secretary.

GWBA members approved the Party in the Park series budget for three events being held this year. Total expected income from sponsors and drink sales for the events is estimated at $11,250 with expenses of $12,800.

The first event will be this Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in Mineral Spring Park featuring Anna Leigh and the Carolina Rhythm Section. Party in the Park events will also be held on June 6 and Aug. 2.

The event includes free live music, kids activities and food vendors. GWBA members can also promote their business during the events.

The members unanimously approved a change in the by-laws to allow the executive committee to approve checks or expenditures of $500 or less. Expenditures greater than $500 will require approval by a majority of the executive committee. Attorney Lee Cole of Cox and Cole Attorneys helped draft the change.

The group approved spending $60 to purchase and provide drinks for a Foster Care Family event being sponsored by the Williamston Police Department in Williamston next week.

Trotter reported that the town is making stage improvements and adding a new dance pad at the Amphitheater Stage in Mineral Spring Park. The GWBA approved $500 to go toward the expenses of the upgrades.

The group also approved the purchase of an insurance policy for directors and officers of the GWBA. The yearly cost for the policy is $727.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham told the group that the recently annonced Duke Energy Lee Steam Station upgrades will have a big impact on the Williamston area.

He also mentioned the trail project and a GPATS grant the town is applying for. The grant is for a bike and pedestrian access for the Pelzer, West Pelzer and Williamston area.

The mayor also mentioned a summer arts program that the Palmetto Cultural Arts Center is planning and that the Christian Youth Theater group is planning a production of Shrek that will be performed at the Palmetto Middle School Auditorium in June.