Williamston Town Council hears department reports

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During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard reports from the police department, codes department and Envision Williamston.
Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the department issued 45 written reports, 9 accident reports, 11 closed by arrest and 24 administrative closed.
There were 33 tickets written, 46 warnings, 5 arrest warrants and 5 arrests.
Of 303 calls for service by Ward: : Ward 1 – 143 calls for service, Ward 2 – 56; Ward 3 – 50; Ward 4 – 54.
Chief Taylor said the Police Department will host a Citizens Police Academy session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1. The interactive experience will be a one day training session with a focus on traffic stops and crime scene investigation. The hands on approach will enable attendees to gain a better understanding of the role of police officers in the community. To register email Chief Taylor at tctaylor@williamstonsc.us.
In the codes enforcement report for October, Debbie Chapman reported there were 104 tall grass complaints, 43 trash issues, 10 vehicle issues, 15 animal/fowl issues and 65 others.
In Sept., there were 17 tall grass, 7 trash/junk debris, 2 illegal signs, 3 pit bull issues (referred to 911), and two sign issues. Also 2 water/sewer, 1 noise complaint, 1 unsafe building and 2 tree issues which were referred to magistrate.
Chapman reported she has been working on a delinquent tax list for the Anderson County Tax Sale (see notices this week in the Journal).
Chapman said she has been working with the following businesses: Dollar Tree contractors, armory fitness contractors, Cricket Mobile, World Finance and a dog grooming business.
The town will focus on business license compliance this month, according to Chapman.
Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall reported that the Adopt A Rest Stop program was nearing completion with 15 rest stop locations. She said the project had a budget of $33,000, of which the town had only the expense $2900 on the pocket park on West Main St.
The project was funded through grants and the private sector involving 20 community partners, she said.
The Envision Williamston Facade grant program has had an investment by area business owners of $217,000 with $46,000 in grants being awarded through the Appalachian Regional Council (ARC). The project is to improve business or commercial properties in the town. and has included 28 properties being improved, Crandall said.
A decal project is also being undertaken in which EW Community Engagement and Marketing committee members will be placing decal signs on 12 vacant buildings suggesting possible business uses for them.
Gateway projects are underway.
Envision Williamston is also launching a new mobile app which features a business listing, walking tour and other information about the town. A mural contest has two murals completed and a third currently being painted. Art students at Palmetto High School under Gregg Davis are currently working on the third, which will be placed on the wall of Friendly’s Barber Shop on Greenville Drive.
The annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest is also underway, she said.
Council also heard an audit presentation by Ken Meadows of Greene, Finney and Horton Accounting (see separate story)