During their meeting Tuesday, West Pelzer Town Council approved second reading on their 2022-23 budget, annexation of property on Woodcock Road and an Annexation and sewer/water service ordinance.
Two public hearings were held, first on the new budget and second on annexation of 4.14 acres on Woodcock Road for R-6 zoning classification.
The 2022-23 budget totals $1,306,588. General Fund budget is $652,388, Water/Sewer Fund budget is $606,200 and Hospitality Tax Fund is $48,000.
The new budget includes a three percent increase for all fulltime and permanent part-time town employees.
The budget also reflects some capital expenditures for the police department including new tazers, radar, uniforms, ammunition, fingerprint kits and other needs.
Capital expenditures for the Public Works Department includes an edger ($300) and portable one man lift ($5,000).
The Hospitality fund budget includes $10,000 for beautification, $3000 for events and $15,700 for Capital Project – Christmas Lights and other.
There is no tax increase and the millage rate will remain at 94. The sanitation fee will see an increase.
The Woodcock Road property annexation was requested by the Pelzer Heritage Commission. The property includes 4.13 acres of a 9.8 acre parcel which will be zoned R-6 (minimal 15,000 sq. ft. lot size) Plans for the property are eight residential homes that will face existing roadways. Water and sewer expansion for the development will be done by the developer.
West Pelzer Town Clerk Paula Payton reported 11 work orders were complete in May and the Electronic Meter upgrade is complete.
West Pelzer Police Chief Scott Stoller reported there were 17 reports written with five arrests. Charges included public intoxication, assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest (2), destruction of real property, trespassing, reckless driving, and uninsured motor vehicle. There were two pickup orders executed for the SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice.
Twenty-nine tickets were written with 18 warnings. Three motor vehicle collisions were worked.
Stoller reminded residents that a new three-way stop has been installed at Welborn St. and Dendy St. and “compliance seems to be good.” The chief reminded residents to use caution in hot weather by staying hydrated and limiting heat exposure.
Stoller reported the department participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch run during the SC portion of the event. The torch made its way from Chicago to Orlando, Florida for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games June 5-11.
The West Pelzer Police Department is in the process of hiring a new full time police officer.