Pelzer Town Council approves additional lighting

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By Stan Welch
The Pelzer Town Council continued its trend of seeking bids on a variety of proposed projects during its September meeting Tuesday night, despite several citizens expressing concerns over the town’s recent expenditures.
Several people spoke during the citizen’s comments portion of the agenda questioned recent decisions to paint a town mural on the post office, paying former employee Brad West for the use of his DHEC certification and other matters. On Tuesday night’s agenda were four items that Mayor Will Ragland wanted to get bids on.
Ragland went to lengths to point out that seeking bids doesn’t automatically imply spending money. “I just want to know what some of these projects would cost. Right now, we don’t know.” The information he sought was the possible cost of nineteen Christmas banners for the town; renovating the lobby of the town hall building; and seeking a PARD grant for replacing the HVAC system in the community building.
Approval of those three requests was granted. Ragland also reported that he and Duke Power officials had determined where additional lighting could be installed in the monkey park, and along Lebby Street. The one time up front fee will be $670, and an additional monthly cost of $458 will be incurred. That arrangement was also approved by council.
Town clerk Cheryl Boudreau reported that sixty three work orders were filled during August. She added that ACSO deputies had conducted one hundred nineteen traffic stops, resulting in nine arrests.