Pelzer approves first reading on budget

Pelzer Town Council approved first reading on their 2017-18 budget Tuesday.
Several residents commented that they would like to see the budget and be able to have public input on it before it is approved.
Pelzer Mayor Steve McGregor said that council will have a workshop in two weeks and that second reading on the budget will be held at the next regular council meeting.
“First reading does not cast everything in stone,” the mayor said. “It can change on second reading.” When asked if citizens will be allowed to comment during the worksesson, McGregor said that the council will be “flexible”.
No details on the new budget were presented during the meeting.
Acting on a motion by Councilmember Kim Wilson, seconded by Roger Scott, council unanimously approved the first reading on the new budget.
McGregor said the budget is similar to the current budget but reflects salary reductions resulting from recent changes the town has undergone.
The budget will be posted on the town’s website within the next week, he said.
Mayor McGregor announced that a GPATS transportation meeting will be held at the Lander Library on May 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The meeting is for local input on transportation needs for area roads and highways. Pelzer, West Pelzer, Williamston and surrounding areas are included in the Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS).
Councilmember Wilson encouraged citizens to attend the GPATS meeting “to have our say for our roads.”
Councilman Scott encouraged residents to attend the council workshop on the budget in two weeks. The worksession will be held at 7 p.m. on May 23 at the community building.
Councilman Will Ragland announced that the Gospel fundraiser for the restoration of the old Pelzer hospital building was very successful, raising more than $7,000 for the project.
Council went into executive session lasting about 15 minutes to hear legal advice from Town Attorney Jimmy King regarding potential litigation. No additional details were made public following the executive session.
Terry Davis reported that the rotten wooden doors on the concession stand building are being replaced with new steel doors and that a storage area had been cleaned up. He is also getting quotes on new fencing.
Gilbert Garrett reported that the Pelzer Historic District being designated through the SC Dept. of Archives and History should be completed by July 28. A public meeting on the project is expected to be held sometime between now and then,  he said.