During their meeting Tuesday, West Pelzer Town Council approved second reading on a change to their budget to reflect the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding of $235,480.19 the town is receiving. Possible use of the funding will be discussed by Council in a Strategic Planning Session to be held this Friday, Feb. 11 at Town Hall at 12pm on Friday. A special called meeting will be held after the work session for council to vote on a resolution to appropriate the funds.
Town Clerk Paula Payton reported twelve work orders were completed by the Public Works department in January. She reminded residents that the ReWa rate increase will be reflected on the February utility bills.
West Pelzer Police Chief Scott Stoller reported there were sixteen reports written with three arrests, two driving related and one trespass and resisting arrest. Thirty-two tickets were written with 17 warnings.
Chief Stoller said that Sergeant Tim Richey was recently recognized by Anderson Area Crime Stoppers for his response to a call for a distraught individual in crisis, threatening to harm himself with a firearm. Richey safety and successfully disarmed the individual and arranged for him to get the help he needed to address an underlying issue. Sgt. Richey was working for the Belton Police Department at the time.
West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders said Council will be hearing first reading on an Ordinance to regulate zoning for commercial property on Main Street at the March meeting.
Transfer of the sewer system to ReWa has been set for March 31, 2022. There will be no change in rates.
Budget workshops will begin in March for the 2022-23 budget;
The second round of ARPA funds is expected to be received sometime this Spring.