Category Archives: Williamston

Changing form of government on agenda for Council meeting March 2

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council held a work session Monday during which three members of Council and the mayor aired out differences which came to a head recently over the the town’s street enhancement project and which led to an effort to change the town’s current form of government. Jeff Shaker of the SC Municipal Association was also present at the meeting.

All three members of council in favor of the referendum had indicated that they feel they are not being kept informed on major issues affecting the town.

Councilman Otis Scott, who made the original motion to change the form of government during the February council meeting, said that he was elected by the people to represent them and he wants the people to decide if there should be a change.

Councilman Rockey Burgess pointed out several instances in which decisions were made and council found out about them after people in his Ward began complaining and questioning why something was done.

Burgess said, “It is very important that people know what is going on.”

Council work session previews March 2 meeting

By David Meade

During a work session held Monday, three members of Williamston Town Council and the mayor aired out differences which have led to an effort to change the town’s current form of government. The issue of how the mayor and council should govern came up for the second time in recent months after public blowback resulting from the town’s street enhancement project.

GWBA meeting rescheduled

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17 has been cancelled. The meeting is rescheduled for 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Career and Tech Center on Hwy. 20 in Williamston. All area business representatives are invited to attend.

Williamston – Icy Main Street

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While roads remained hazardous Tuesday, sidewalks were worse. Williamston’s East Main Street with icicles hanging from awnings and ice covered sidewalks. Most area businesses, government offices and schools were closed Tuesday due to the winter weather that passed through the area overnight. Some area residents experienced power outages with reports of outages in the West Pelzer and Belton area.

Ice trees – Williamston

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Ice covered trees and cane along Hamilton Street in Williamston.

Hillcrest Baptist offers shelter

Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive in Williamston will be open as a shelter for anyone in need of a warm place to stay and/or a hot meal during the winter weather situation this week. The Hillcrest Baptist Church Shelter will be open Monday through Saturday night from 5 pm -9 am. A hot supper and breakfast will be served to those staying at the shelter. For additional information call 864- 847-7521. “Please help get the word out if you know anyone in need,” Hillcrest Pastor Larry Baldwin said. “Please send them our way!”

Winter weather tips from Williamston Police Department

Captian Kevin Marsee of the Williamston Police Department has these tips for dealing with the winter weather expected in the area-

 ”We are expecting a winter storm as early as late tonight continuing into Tuesday, Marsee said. “The Wiliamston Police Department is reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in regions of our area that may receive significant ice or snowfall. Wet weather, when compounded with cold temperatures and ice or snow, can make driving difficult.”

Shelters are available throughout the area. Also maintain contact with family members that may be ambulatory or relying on electricity for medical equipment.

Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive in Williamston will be open as a shelter for anyone in need of a warm place to stay and/or a hot meal during the winter weather situation this week. The Hillcrest Baptist Church Shelter will be open Monday through Saturday night from 5 pm -9 am.

Town approves $100,000 to begin work on Master Plan

By David Meade

During their council meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council took another step forward in positioning the town for the future by approving funding for a Master Plan.

Council approved $75,000 in funding for a comprehensive Master Plan and an additional $25,000 for implementation of the plan.

Councilmembers say they are not being informed on projects

Street Enhancement project latest example
Williamston to consider changing form of government – again

By David Meade

Williamston’s recent Street Enhancement project has been the hot topic of discussion since work began in January and just as the congestion of construction workers and equipment have left and motorists are becoming used to the new driving pattern, the project has become a political issue.

So much so that the issue of changing the town’s form of government is back on the table.

Options being considered to address complaints, concerns with project

Hwy. 20 Street Enhancement

By David Meade

Williamston officials met with SCDOT “C” Program Manager Chris Jordan earlier this week to look at options related to safety and traffic flow concerns associated with the town’s new street enhancement project on West Main St. (SC Hwy. 20)

SCDOT and contractor representatives completed a project walk-thru Monday morning and found only minor items for the contractor’s punchlist to finish the project, according to Jordan.

However, another meeting was held later in the day to address concerns that have been raised by fire and EMS officials and the public about the project.

Street enhancement hits bump in road

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While almost every one of the new bulb-outs have black tire marks on them already, apparently one motorist drove over the one near McDonalds. A tire track and missing shrub show evidence that someone drove right through it and kept on going.

By David Meade

Williamston officials met with SCDOT “C” Program Manager Chris Jordan Monday to look at options related to safety and traffic flow concerns associated with the town’s new street enhancement project on West Main St. (SC Hwy. 20)

SCDOT and contractor representatives completed a project walk-thru Monday morning and found only minor items for the contractor’s punchlist to finish the project, according to Jordan.

However, another meeting was held later in the day to address concerns that have been raised by fire and EMS officials and the public about the project.

ACTC approves temporary entrance to Gatewood

During their meeting Monday (Feb. 10) the Anderson County Transportation Committee approved plans to build a temporary road from Williams Street to Ridge Court in the Gatewood Subdivision inWilliamston. The temporary gravel road, which will be 24 feet wide and 1,886 feet long, will cost $100,000 to build, according to Terry Bragg, director of operations of Cotransco, the company now engineering projects for the ACTC.

$200,000 lottery winner claims prize

The person who purchased a $200,000 winning lottery ticket in Williamston recently is keeping their identify a secret for now. On Monday, a Belton resident, who declined to release his name, cashed in a top prize winning ticket for Saturday’s Palmetto Cash 5 drawing.

Williamston Town Council work session Thursday

The February meeting of Williamston Town Council, normally held on the first Monday of each month, will be held on Monday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

A workshop to discuss current issues and strategies or solutions will be held this Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Williamston Town Hall.

Miss Palmetto 2015

Miss Palmetto 2015

The 2015 Miss Palmetto was held on Saturday at Palmetto High School. Pictured are: Emily Gilliland, 1st Runner up and Best Opening; Kendal Beacham, Miss Palmetto and Grand Talent Winner; Rebekah Parris, 2nd Runner up and Most Photogenic; Mackenzie Heatherly, Miss Congeniality. (Photo by Johnny Mangum/www.johnmangum.com)

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