During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Pelzer Town Council talked about sewer rates and infrastructure, the hospitality tax fund and another topic of interest for a lot of residents, annexation.
Council members heard information from ReWa Executive Director Ray Orvin. Orvin said ReWa’s state-of-the-art Piedmont treatment facility is just over one year old and has treatment capacity available for growth and expansion.
Orvin also told the council that the facility is the best treatment facilty in the state and that their treatment process helps keep waste product out of the rivers and landfills.
Pelzer’s Hospitality Tax was also discussed during the meeting.
The two percent hospitality tax is collected on prepared food and beverages from a restaurant and a grocery store located in the town’s limits. Hospitality tax collections can only be used for tourism and recreation related expenditures.
Mayor Steve McGregor said the funds go into the general fund and are used to supplement the recreation program offered by the town.
Town Clerk Heather Holcombe told Council that the petition for annexation currently has 147 signatures, just over the 25 percent required to have the question put to a referendum vote.
Holcombe said they will continue to collect signatures, until they have at least 180, making sure there is enough qualified electors on the petition to have it certified by the Anderson County Election Commission.
Once the petition list is approved, the town and the county election commission will set a date for an election.
Any qualified elector who resides in the area propose to be annexed can sign the petition which is located at Pelzer Town Hall.
More on the discussion during the meeting on each of these topics and others this week in the print edition of The Journal.