Williamston Town Council approves funding for sign, looking at Gatewood situation

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Council heard several reports and approved only one agenda item, which was to provide $1200 donation requested by the Mill Town Players to help with the purchase of a new sign. The sign will be placed in front of the Pelzer Auditorium where theater productions by the company are held. Mayor Durham said he sees the Mill Town productions as a regional amenity. All three area towns contributed toward the sign.
Recently reelected Councilmembers Tony Hagood and Rockey Burgess were sworn in with the oath of office at the start of the meeting.
During public comments, Brandon Parham, a resident of Gatewood subdivision, asked the town to help make the old entrance to the subdivision more presentable and safe. He said there is a gaping hole with wires, waterlines in it and that residents want to make it “more safe for our children.”
Mayor Mack Durham said the town has looked at the situation and is taking several action steps including looking at shortening water lines to near Mill St., having utilities cleared, and bringing in large equipment to help get debris out of the creek. The mayor said “it is meaningful for you to come and have a dialog” about the situation.
Monica Evans, a new Williamston resident, spoke to council about a concern of an unnamed official with the county who she said spoke with a person in the town office in a way which did not reflect the quality service and ethical and sound business practices that should be associated with the town.
Durham also stated that a long time employee of the town, Dale Martin had passed away. “We appreciate the service Dale gave our community over the years,” he said.
Award winners for the Deck the Halls and Christmas Park displays were also recognized during the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday. They will be published in The Journal next week.