West Pelzer Town Council held a brief meeting last Tuesday (Sept. 1) in which Council heard updates from the police department, on the strategic plan update and the coronavirus situation.
Mayor Blake Sanders updated Council on several COVID-19 related isuues. He said there will be no upcoming meetings scheduled unless a vote by council is needed or a situation arises dealing with public safety or the welfare of citizens. The situation will be looked at month by month he said and if needed, council may hold a virtual meeting on “Zoom”.
Sanders said the town is in touch daily with the county on the number of COVID-19 cases in the area and working with them on contact tracing when necessary.
Sanders said the town still has some free reusable masks available to residents who may want or need them. West Pelzer, along with other municipalities recently partnered with Anderson County to make the masks available.
Sanders said the town is expecting $107,123 from the state as part of the CARES coronavirus reimbursement program. The funds can be used for various COVID-19 related expenditures the town incures.
The mayor said the town will continue the requirement to wear a mask in government buildings and continues to “encourage and recommend masks be used.”
Mayor Sanders gave an update on the town’s Strategic Plan with the goals of Building a Safer Environment, Beautify the Town and Be Our Best.
Four projects in the plan have been completed. They are installation of new mulch at Chapman Park and other public areas; complete the flag project at Chapman Park; Recognize Veterans (with a program held July 1) and installation of fans at Chapman Park.
In progress are: Main Street Beautification, Security Upgrades (waiting on quotes); Update/Codification of Town Ordinances; Sell Sewer System; Better Communication; City flag- getting quotes; Christmas Lighting (waiting on funding) and Professional Growth (annual training programs being developed for all departments.)
Projects in the planning stages include: Council Committees; Welcome Packets for residents and businesses; Mural on Municipal Center; Book Exchange and Crime Watch program.
West Pelzer Town Clerk Paula Payton reported the public works department completed 18 work orders in August. The 2019 CCR Water Report is available on the town’s website at www.westpelzer.com. Payton remided citizens that sanitation will run as usual unless otherwise notified, even on holidays.
The town currently has $1879 in the general fund.
Sgt. Stoller gave the police department report.
The West Pelzer Police Department had 18 reports and 13 arrests. Five were traffic related, four were warrants served, two were trespass after notice, one liquor law violation and one dog running at large.
There were 72 tickets written and 45 warnings. Seven grass letters were sent out.
Council then went into executive session to discuss a personnel issue.