Pelzer Town Attorney Jimmy King retiring

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By Stan Welch
Pelzer Town Council met Tuesday night, and bade long time town attorney Jimmy King a fond goodbye. King, who is retiring, served the town for thirty years. A gift commemorating his service and a cake were presented following the meeting.
The Council also set the rate for renting the gym at twenty dollars an hour, with the proviso that an extra hour be included for set up and cleanup. A two hour birthday party, for example, would require a three hour rental.
Town Clerk Cheryl Boudreau reported that the town public works department filled thirty nine work orders in November; she also reported that the ACSO deputies had conducted five arrests during that same period. The Christmas Market event was extended by one day due to bad weather, allowing the seventy one vendors to display and sell their wares on Sunday. Pelzer had ten entries in the West Pelzer/ Pelzer Christmas parade.
Boudreau also announced that the special election to fill the Mayor’s position, as well as a Council seat being vacated by Olene Bear would be held on March 31. The book for signing up for either seat will open in February. On January 2, candidates who won Council seats in November will be sworn in, and the regular January Council meeting will be held at that time. Incumbent Eddie Waits and Will Ragland will be sworn in at that time. Until the special election, those two Councilmen and current Mayor pro tem Mike Matthews will serve as a bare quorum of three.
Matthews reported that no bids had been received for replacing the roof on the concession stand at the ball fields. He suggested seeking bids after the holidays when people are not as busy.