PARD grant to be used for repairs to historic town hall building

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West Pelzer Town Council took steps for road paving and work on town hall during their meeting Tuesday. They also kicked off the first GRAND Gallery of the new year.
Town Clerk Paula Payton reported the West Pelzer Municipal Center will be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
She said eighteen work orders were completed by the Public Works Department during December.
Upcoming events include State of the Town in March and an adult Easter Egg Hunt in April.
Police Sgt. Scott Stoller reported the department had 18 reports, 9 arrests with five traffic, three city ordinances, one domestic violence and one assault and battery. There were 107 tickets written and 38 warnings.
According to Stoller, over the last six months, the West Pelzer Police Department hosted the town’s first National Night Out event; added a new patrol vehicle to the fleet; contracted with Anderson County Vehicle Maintenance services; received new ballistic vests and received Patrol Car Computer Project (MDT’s) gifted or donated amounting to $12,332.20.
There have also been renovations to the firing range, the department has been accepted into the 10-33 program. The police department will have a new part time officer , Jeremy Jones, starting this month. Jones comes to West Pelzer from from Greenville County and before that, served in Travelers Rest.
Stoller reminded citizens that they can reach an officer at 864-947-6297 option 5 or call Anderson County Dispatch at 864-260-4444. For emergency call 911.
With a full council including new member Pat Alexander, Town Council approved four resolutions authorizing actions. The first was a resolution of support from council for requesting for road work funding from the Anderson County Transportation Committee. The resolution authorizes the mayor to go before the ACTC to request resurfacing for Spring Street, Marguerite Street, and West Stewart Street for the fiscal year 2020-2021.
Council also approved a contract with Lee’s Well Drilling and Pump Service, of Pelzer, for abandonment and closing of a ground water well in the town. The construction agreement is in the amount of up to $2,500 for the work which is required by DHEC.
Council approved a resolution for a match for a PARD grant of $8,000 for work on the old Town Hall on Bollinger Street. Work on the historic building will include replacement of a roof, paving, building a deck on back and new steps. The town initially authorized $2000 for the match, however Mayor Sanders said the bid from Gowan Brothers Construction came in at $10,430.62. Sanders requested council authorize an additional $430.62 for the project. Council unanimously approved the resolution with the additional funding.
During citizens comments, Gary Alexander requested the town pick up a toilet and broken cabinet left on the corner of Marguerite and James Street.
The town also recognized Peter Kaniaris, Upstate Artist and Professor at Anderson University during the meeting. Professor Kaniaris will have art exhibited in the GRAND Gallery at Town Hall through February.