By Stan Welch
The West Pelzer Town Council moved quickly through a brief agenda Tuesday night. Municipal Clerk Paula Payton gave her report which included the notice that the town will be hosting the Palmetto Business Association meeting on Tuesday Sept. 18, at the O’Dell Community Center.
She also announced that several workers fulfilling community service requirements will be used for various jobs like cleaning the municipal center and picking up litter around the town. The report stated that negotiations continue with ReWa concerning purchasing the town’s sewer system. Also the town has submitted its request for paving funds from the Anderson County Transportation Committee.
Mayor Blake Sanders read the resolution the town is adopting naming September National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. More than 900 municipalities around the country are also adopting the resolution. According to the document, suicide is the umber ten cause of death in the united states. It is the second highest cause of death in the age group from ten to twenty four years.
During the public comment portion of the agenda Preston Shipman rose to speak once again about his dispute over a business license issued by the town.
The dispute, which has been ongoing for several months, is between the owner of two locations, at Twenty two Main Street and Twenty Main Street, (the sites of a beauty salon and ice cream shop, respectively) and the lessor of Eighteen Main Street (the Mill Place Café).
The issue is complicated by the fact that the owner of the beauty salon and the adjacent location is town council member Vicki Farmer. Shipman is Farmer’s stepfather.
The town council voted at a recent special called meeting to address the issue by changing the address on the business license issued to Shipman.
Shipman raised the issue again at Tuesday night’s meeting. Council, including Councilwoman Farmer, listened silently, and then proceeded to the next agenda item.
That item was the acceptance to two bids on defunct police cruisers. Bobby Partain, of Belton, entered the only bids on the two Crown Victoria police cruisers. His total bids of $2002 were quickly accepted by the Council.
Mayor Sanders also reported that the town’s Third Annual Mile Long Yard Sale will be held on October 6, and a new event Mistletoe on Main will be held on November 10.
He also reported that last year, locally sponsored events attracted fifteen thousand people to the town. “We are doing a very good job of promoting our town, and social media is a big part of that effort.”
By Stan Welch