West Pelzer Council denies rezoning request

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During their meeting Tuesday, West Pelzer Town Council denied a zoning request and approved an “Eagle Scout” project for the old town hall building.

Council denied a request for rezoning property at 102 West Stewart Street from residential to commercial.
The property is being used for storage/disposal of concrete, dirt and rock from re-paving work being done on Hwy. 8. The property owners are involved in the company doing the Hwy. 8 paving project.
Resident Ann Odom and Tim Williams spoke to council opposing the change and several other nearby residents send letters opposed to the change. The vote to deny the change was 4-1 with councilmember Vickie Farmer abstaining.

Council also agreed to allow Harley Gentry to move forward on an “Eagle Scout” project for a handicap ramp and steps at the old town hall building. Gentry is accepting donations to help with materials for the project.

Town Clerk Payla Payton reported the town held a flag raising ceremony on July 1. there were 15 work orders completed by Public Works Department and the 2019 CCR Water Report is available online.
Payton also said the town continues to take safety measures at town hall for COVID-19 including:
Akll doors and counters are sanitized when the office closes at 12 noon and at 5 p.m.; DHEC approved screens have been placed in each payment window; lobby floor is marked to maintain 6’ distance.; only two customers are allowed in the lobby at a time and each office has cleaning and sanitizing supplies which are used regularly.
Customers are encouraged to handle business by phone or email and payment can be made by phone, online or at the drop box.
The O’Dell Community Center is open and Court is scheduled to resume in with limited access.
All departments are on a “spending freeze” and the mayor, councilman Riddle and the clerk will revied any immediate needs that come up.
West Pelzer Polic Chief Alexis Eliopoulos reproted the department had 15 reports; 11 arrests with 7 traffic; 1 DUI; 2 warrants served; 1 possession of stolen property; 1 faliure to stop for blue lights; 1 assault and battery 3rd degree.
There were 69 tickets written, with 35 warnings. Five letters were sent out regarding grass.