Williamston Town Council hears department reports


During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard reports on the fire department IS0 audit, update from the police department and Envision Williamston.
Fire Chief Steve Ellison reported that the fire department currently has an ISO rating of Class 3 and is striving to become the first volunteer department in the state to get to a rating of Class 2.
“No volunteer department has ever got a class two,” he said.
On an ISO Audit just completed, the department received 74 of 100 points and needs to get to 80 of 100 to be rated Class 2.
Chief Ellison gave a detailed report of the audit and what is needed.
Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the department is working on addition certification and standards for an advisory council.
He reported the department has received a COVID grant of $71,000 and another grant of $25,000 for new body cameras. Chief Taylor and officer David Vickery made a presentation of $350 to Hillcrest Baptist Church for their Lazarus project. Pastor Larry Baldwin accepted the funds donated by Williamston police officers which will be used to fund local mission projects.
Williamston’s new Envision Williamston Executive Director Lisa Cope introduced herself to council and said she is excited to begin “working non-stop to make Williamston a better place to be.”
Anderson Cancer Association Director Angie Stringer said the ballon event had found a new home and was “our best year.” The event drew more than 800 people on Friday and more on Saturday with limited advertising. “It gives cancer patients the opportunity to do somehting they might not normally be able to do,” she said.
In the only business of the evening, council unanimously approved funding for state required indigent defense.


(Additional details to be provided in a separate story next week).