West Pelzer Town Council hears project updates

West Pelzer Town Council heard updates on the REWA purchase of the sewer system and the effects of recent rains on the system during their meeting March 3. Police Chief Alexis Eliopoulos also reported on street closures for the upcoming Palomino 5K run.
Chief Eliopoulos said the West Pelzer Elementary Palomino 5K run will be held March 28 starting at 10 a.m. Several roads in West Pelzer will be shut down for a period of time during the run for safety.
Roads being affected include: Main St. (west bound) and Palmetto Rd. until the last runner turns on Dendy St. from Palmetto Road. Traffic east bound on Main St., will be rerouted down Palmetto Rd., after the last runner turns on Dendy St., Main St. (east bound lane) from Palmtto Rd., to Spring St., will be shut down the entire length of the run. Residential roads that will be affected by the shut down are: W. Stewart St., Dendy St., Smith St., Spring St. Drake St., Welborn Drive, Diane Avenue and Tasha Drive.
“We encourage our residents to avoid leaving those areas around the start of the race and make arrangements to leave before 9:50 a.m.,” the chief said. “Roads will start shutting down at 9:55 a.m.”
Motorists are encouraged to avoid east bound Hwy. 8 (Main St.) into town and make alternate route using Palmetto Rd., to Depot Rd., once Palmetto Rd. is reopened.
Barricades, police and fire department will be used in the road closures, she said.
The police department will start opening those roads as the last runner leaves from each road.
“The event should take no longer than an hour,” Chief Eliopoulos said.
Chief Eliopoulos reported the following crime stats for February: twentyfour reports, eleven arrests with nine being traffic related and two for assault and battery. Tickets written 110 with 35 warnings.
Town clerk Paula Payton reported  nine work orders were completed by the public works department for February. Work orders can be submitted online at www.westpelzer.com or by calling town hall at (864)947-6297. Payton said a Spring Clean Up will be held March 21. Upcoming events include State of the Town report and Adult Easter Egg Hunt in April.
During public comments, Gary Alexander said there was a problem with drainage pipe on James Street and a problem where a water line had been cut across Burkett St.
Mayor Sanders said the contractor for the house on Burkett had been notified of the problem and he would have someone look at the driveway pipe on James Street.
Mayor Sanders said work started Feb. 24 on the old Town Hall and should be completed by the end of March. A ribbon cutting for the project will be held in April, he said.
Sanders said the town is still waiting on Appalachian Council of Governments and USDA to get signatures needed from persons in Washington to finalize the purchase of the town’s sewer system by REWA. Both West Pelzer and Pelzer have requested USDA to waive grant recapture and approve the sale of their systems.
Sanders said the recent rains had pushed the system to its limit. It usually treats approximately 100,000 gallons per day and had about 200,000 of flow entered by Inflow and Infiltration. He said 800,000 gallons had come through the system from Pelzer over a 12 hour period and the system is designed for a maximum of one million gallons.
The public works department worked to make sure the system did not shut down. Both lift stations flooded, Sanders said, and the Spring Street pump had to be manuallly turned on every 15 minutes to keep it working.
The town held a budget workshop on Mar. 6. Information on the budget will be presented at an upcoming meeting of Council.


The Town of West Pelzer recognized Governor’s School teacher Paul Yanko and the SC Governors School for the Arts during their council meeting. Following the meeting, Yanko talked about the SC Governors School and art displayed by his students in West Pelzer’s GRAND Gallery.

Art by students at the Governors School will be on display in The GRAND Gallery through April 24 by appointment during regular business hours.