Category Archives: West Pelzer

West Pelzer to take on Pelzer sewer services

Combining into one departmentBy Stan Welch – Signs of the growing cooperation between the towns of Pelzer and West Pelzer continue to surface. The latest became apparent at Monday night’s West Pelzer Town Council meeting.
Mayor Blake Sanders informed the town council that Brad West, of the Pelzer Public Works Department would be leaving the town’s employ at the first of March, leaving the town without any public works employees.
Sanders added that the joint water and sewer committee that the two towns have formed had reached a non-binding agreement whereby

Statewide business license raises questions for local officials

Information presented at County Municipal meetingBy Stan Welch
Two bills purportedly designed to streamline and standardize the issuance of business licenses across the state have ruffled quite a few feathers among the leaders of some of the small towns in the area.
Introduced by Rep. Bill Sandifer, House Bills 3650 and 3651 are the latest efforts to address business license reform in the General Assembly.

Pelzer/West Pelzer working on plan for business district

By Stan Welch
Members of the Pelzer/West Pelzer steering committee for the Main Street Program met Monday to begin work on a master plan for the revitalization of the community’s business district.
Mayors Steve McGregor and Blake Sanders, along with Council members Roger Scott and Jim Riddle (from Pelzer and West Pelzer respectively) and at large members Gilbert Garrett and West Pelzer planning commissioner member David Odom were joined by Anderson County planning director Michael Forman.

PBA Toast and Topics event February 21

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will host the first Toast and Topics event on February 21st at 8 am at Williamston Town Hall.
Mill Town Place, a new restaurant in West Pelzer, is sponsoring the event, making the event free for Palmetto Business Association members.

Christian Learning Centers program in need of teacher

Christian Learning Centers of the Upstate is in need of a qualified teacher to continue the program for the Palmetto area. Christian Learning Centers of the Upstate teaches Bible off-campus during the school day for 8 schools in the area.

West Pelzer to develop comprehensive plan

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Planning Director Michael Forman met with the West Pelzer Planning Commission Tuesday night to introduce himself and to begin the process of helping them develop the town’s comprehensive plan.

The Town, according to Mayor Blake Sanders, is almost starting over, since the existing plan has not been updated, as required by state law, in almost twenty years. “The last time the plan was reviewed and updated was in 1998. Obviously, a lot of things have changed since then, so we have a lot of work to do. Thank goodness that the county, at the request of Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, has offered to assist us. Most towns either hire a consultant or do their own. We’re serving as a kind of guinea pig in that sense, but the plus side is tremendous for the town.”

Palmetto Business Association starts year under new leadership

And new meeting schedule

By David Meade – Members of the Palmetto Business Association (PBA) began the year with a membership luncheon at Williamston Town Hall Tuesday. 2017 PBA President Blake Sanders welcomed approximately 25 business and community leaders and laid out plans for a revamped meeting and event schedule and other member incentives.

According to Sanders, PBA board members came up with a 2017 calendar of events that alternates a Toast and Topics breakfast meeting and a Business after Hours eventing meeting every other month with regular membership meetings. The meeting events will continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month, however breakfast meetings will be held at 8 a.m., while after hours meetings will be at 6 p.m. The regular membership meetings will remain at 12 noon.

West Pelzer, Pelzer continue to explore options

By Stan Welch

A spirit of cooperation between two towns that have been traditional rivals continues to grow,as the mayors of Pelzer and West Pelzer continue to meet to explore further opportunities to work together.

West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders, speaking to the Journal in a telephone interview, said that both towns are interested in developing additional partnerships that will allow them to work together to achieve common goals, such as a three party partnership with ReWa concerning the towns’ water and sewer needs. The two mayors will discuss entering into a feasibility study with ReWa later this week.

West Pelzer negotiates garbage, approves town hall renovations

By Stan Welch

West Pelzer Town Council took care of some basic, but important business Monday night, authorizing negotiations on the town’s garbage services contract, and approving the preliminary stages of the renovations on the old NAPA auto parts store.

Mayor Blake Sanders sought and received authority to negotiate the contract with Waste Industries, based on the draft contract in hand. That draft included several modifications, such as the leaf and limb pickup days, and the inclusion of the cost of servicing a dumpster at the sewer plant every two weeks.

West Pelzer grant to promote bird appreciation

By Stan Welch

The Town of West Pelzer recently received a $5,000 grant to help fund its ‘Expand Your Wings’ program. The town, which is a designated bird sanctuary, is developing the educational and art installation project, and was one of five finalists in the Hughes Investment Elevate Upstate grant program. The program, founded by Phil Hughes Investments, provides grant funds as seed money for vibrancy initiatives around the Upstate area.

Mayor Blake Sanders said, “We are naturally excited and honored to accept this grant. We hope to use it to enhance and expand our town’s awareness and appreciation of the varied bird population in our town, and what they add to our quality of life.”

Spreading Cheer

Mayors at Williamston Christmas Parade

Sharon Durham enjoys riding with her husband Williamston Mayor Mack Durham (driving) and West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders in the Williamston Christmas Parade Saturday.

West Pelzer awarded $5000 vibrancy incentive grant

Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grant

The Town of West Pelzer was recently announced as one of two recipients of The Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grant program. The program, which began in 2013, annually provides “seed funds” to support vibrancy initiatives in communities across the Upstate region. There were 19 applications for the 2016 grants and five finalists gave brief presentations before the selections were made during the Our Upstate Vision Forum on November 29th.

The two recipients of $5,000 grants were the Town of West Pelzer for their Expand Your Wings project and the Anderson Free Clinic for their F.R.E.S.H. project.

West Pelzer – Pelzer Christmas parade Dec. 3

Followed by “Cookies with Santa”

The Town of West Pelzer and Town of Pelzer annual Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, December 3rd at 3 p.m.. All registrants are encouraged to contact West Pelzer Town Hall prior to December 2nd to pick up registration forms. The parade will begin at the West Pelzer Fire Department in West Pelzer and end at Smythe Street in Pelzer. Awards will be given out immediately following the parade in Chapman Park to Best Overall, Best Religious, and Best School.

West Pelzer adjusts budget for repairs and maintenance

On Police Vehicles, Water & Sewer

By Stan Welch

West Pelzer Town Council, following extensive discussion, agreed to repair one of the town’s police cars which has reached the state of being unsafe to drive. The discussion arose from Councilman Jimmy Jeanes opposition to spending the almost seventeen hundred dollars proposed for the repairs. His objection arose from the fact that the expenditure would essentially gut the three thousand dollars currently in the police department’s maintenance and repair budget.

West Pelzer enjoys Pumpkinpalooza

westpelzerpumkin2Town of West Pelzer Fall Festival

People lined up to enter The Great WestFest Pumpkinpalooza held Main Street in West Pelzer Saturday evening. Main Street (Hwy. 8) was closed for the event which included trunk-or-treating from area churches, inflatable bounces and DJ music and dancing. (Left) Having fun during the event. (Courtesy photos by Paula Payton)

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