Leaf and limb pickup program to continue in West Pelzer

During their meeting Tuesday, West Pelzer Town Council approved a resolution making their leaf and limb pilot program more permanent. The town began the monthly pickup schedule in November of 2018. It was supposed to be a three month pilot program, but Mayor Blake Sanders said due to the success the town plans to continue to provide pick-up for reasonable quantities of yard waste subject to the program guidelines stated in the resolution.
Highlights include: Pick-ups are scheduled for the third week of each month and must be scheduled by submitting a work order in person, over the phone or by using the online portal.
Yard waste includes leaves or grass clippings which should be enclosed in plastic bags and securely ties, and tree limbs should be no larger than six inches in diameter and no longer than six feet in length.
All yard waste must be place at the front curb or edge of the property near the road, unobstructed by fences, poles, vehicles, signs or similar objects, no earlier that 24 hours prior to a scheduled yard waste collection week.
Other items including paper, cans, flower pots, metal, string or glass should not be mixed with the yard waste.
The town will not collect unreasonable amounts of yard waste such as lot clearing, cutting of trees and large stumps, which will be the responsibility of the property owner. Other items not collected include construction and demolition materials, household garbage, hazardous materials, other metals, tires, etc. The program was approved as a resolution instead of an ordinance, according to Mayor Sanders, because the town did no want to associated a fine with it.
The annual spring clean-up is planned for March 21 for junk from garages, attics and closets. The pick up will be until 12 p.m. only. Tires, white goods, paint cans, TVs and other hazardous materials will not be picked up the mayor said.  Volunteers who want to help clean up West Pelzer are asked to meet at Chapman Park at 8 a.m. that Saturday.
In her report, Clerk Paula Payton said the public works department had completed 29 work orders. The town’s annual audit was presented January 7 and is now on the town’s website and available at Town Hall.
During citizens comment, it was mentioned that a baby swing was not in Chapman Park. Payton said the swing had issues and was replaced with a swing for older children. A new baby swing is being ordered.
Upcoming events include the State of the Town to be presented in March and an adult Easter Egg hunt in April.
West Pelzer Police Chief Alexis Eliopoulos reported the department had 22 reports; ten arrests of which two were drug related, one was trespass after notice, six traffic related and one city ordinance violation. One hundred four tickets were written with twenty-two warnings.
Sgt. Marrow was congratulated on his new born child born Jan. 10.
Mayor Sanders said that a Leadership Anderson group will come to West Pelzer March 4 to hear about town government. A group of 54 Junior high and High School students visited the town in January he said. A budget workshop is being planned for March 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mayor Sanders said the town needs to plan for capital needs.
He also announced that the town would like to come up with a design for a municipal flag. He said Anderson County has seven flag poles at the civic center that they would like to fly each of the county’s municipal flags on. He asked council to think about a design that will “tell the story of West Pelzer.”