Community promotion, safety issues in reports to council

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The following information was presented to Williamston Town Council during their February meeting held Monday:

Envision Williamston Update

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall reported that new way finding signs were recently installed in Williamston. She said they showcase major landmarks including the Farmers Market and Artory. Crandall reported she was conducting an online survey for the GWBA concerning a possible change in the organization’s name. She also reported that Envision Williamston has a new website at www.envisionwilliamston.com.

The website will be used to provide information about the town and Envision Williamston program and to showcase local businesses and landmarks. It will also feature assets and attributes of the town and will be targeted to visitors, residents, current and new businesses.

Crandall reported she is submitting information to the Main Street program recognizing David Meade for work on the website and other collateral materials for the program and Debbie Chapman for organizing events including the Scarecrow contest and Deck the Halls during the holidays. Meade chairs the EW promotion committee. Chapman chairs the EW Design committee.

Crandall also reported the EW program is working on a list of events and will be marketing them with banners, billboards and radio through an ATAX grant the program received.

She also reported the draft Master Plan will be presented to the Economic Development committee this week.

Reports to Council

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the police department is in the process of implementing a Block Watch program in which people on each street can watch for their neighbors.

He said community watch signs are being made up and people are urged to call 911 if they see suspicious activity.

Councilman Rockey Burgess reported the ordinance committee has been looking at the town’s election ordinance to bring it in line with state law, looking at truck restrictions in Gatewood subdivision and at a new ordinance on prowling. The issues were discussed further later in the meeting.

Councilman David Harvell reported he attended a class in Columbia last week on improvements with police and fire.

Councilman Tony Hagood announced that the MLK Breakfast originally scheduled for Jan. 16 has been rescheduled for Feb. 27. The ticketed event will feature a guest speaker and breakfast. Persons interested in attending can contact Hagood for tickets, he said.