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Mill Town Players announce production schedule

By Sylvia Corbin

An enthusiastic crowd was on hand at the historic Pelzer Auditorium July 1 for a Launch Party for the Mill Town Players.

Will Ragland, Artistic Director of the new community theater, announced the first season of shows. He said the goal of the theater is to present quality, affordable, live entertainment. The name is appropriate, he said, noting that mill towns played an important part in the area’s history. Pelzer was one of the first mill towns in the Upstate.

The first show, opening Sept. 19, will be Always… Patsy Cline featuring Upstate stage veterans Kristi Parker Byers and Katie Rockwell as Patsy Cline. The show will be held for two weekends. Rockwell’s rockabilly band, Honey and the Hotrods, will also perform in the show. The audience enjoyed music by the band at the announcement event.

Gospel singing April 19

The Pelzer Heritage Committee will sponsor a Springfest Gospel Singing at the Pelzer Auditorium April 19. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are $5 with children under 10 free. Tickets are available at ERS Video Radio Shack, BiLo, and Boot’s and Thelma’s Restaurant. The singing will feature 2 for 1, Duane Caple, Centurions and Living Truth. Proceeds will go the Pelzer Heritage Commission and will be used for projects they are sponsoring.

Grant application reflects vision for mill dump area on Saluda River

By David Meade

Pelzer – Approximately 25 people attended a public meeting in Pelzer Monday to hear about a Brownfields Cleanup Grant being applied for to help with cleanup of the old Pelzer Mill trash dump.

Pelzer Heritage Commission Vice President Larry Coker, who spearheaded the effort to obtain ownership of the Pelzer Mill properties, said the organization is applying for two brownfields grants for two parcels of approximately 28 acres.

The property lies between the Hwy. 20 Piedmont bridge along the Saluda River and adjacent to Parker St and Frost St. near the upper mill site.

Coker said the grant will help with cleanup and capping of the property and the organization is applying for funds because the grants are currently available from the EPA.

The Town of Pelzer, Anderson County and citizens are backing the Pelzer Heritage Commission to help get the Pelzer Mill properties cleaned up and hopefully developed in the future, according to Coker. “There is a lot of potential here,” he said.

Gail Rawls Jeter, Brownfields Specialist with Cardno, is assiting the Pelzer Heritage Commission with the grant application. Jeter has been involved in previous brownfields assessment work done at the mill property for the Town of Pelzer.

Together, the Pelzer Heritage Commission (PHC) and Town of Pelzer have already accomplished a site inventory, two Phase I ESAs, two asbestos and lead based paint surveys and two Phase II ESAs on the mill property.

“Congratulations on where you have come since 2008,” Jeter told those in attendance. “For a community like Pelzer to take a title to this property, is no small thing.”

Jeter recapped previous assessment work done on the mill properties.

Pelzer water customers advised to boil water

Town of Pelzer water customers are under a boil water advisory due to an 8 inch water main break that was discovered about 2 p.m.Tuesday. Town workers and West Utilities worked into the night to repair the break according to Pelzer Town Clerk Heather Holcombe.

The water main break was on Orr St. in the upper mill village of Pelzer, Holcombe said. Only upper mill residents around Tabernacle Church were without water. Orr St. remains closed today (Wednesday) while repairs are being finalized.

Pelzer residents are advised to boil their water for drinking or cooking until furthur notice. Water samples have been taken and are being evaluated, Holcombe said. Town officials will post online and on social media when the water is cleared for drinking and cooking.

Pelzer residents hear about grant application

Grant could help with mill dump cleanup

By David Meade

Approximately 25 people attended a public meeting Monday to hear about a Brownfields Cleanup Grant being applied for to help with cleanup of the old Pelzer Mill trash dump located on Parker St and Frost St. in Pelzer.

Pelzer Heritage Commission Vice President Larry Coker, who spearheaded the recent effort to obtain ownership of the Pelzer Mill properties, said the organization is applying for two brownfields grants for two parcels of approximately 28 acres.

Gail Rawls Jeter, Brownfields Specialist with Cardno, is helping the Pelzer Heritage Commission with the grant application, explained the grant and presented information about the properties to the group. Jeter has been involved in previous brownfields assessment work done at the mill property for the Town of Pelzer.

The grant application is based on information from a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) which was done on the site in Feb. 2011 with help from Anderson County.

The study concluded a historical recognized environmental condition from previous use as a dump as well as the presence of additional household garbage from more recent unpermitted dumping.

Contaminants including metals, arsenic, lead and multiple Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), from burning, were found in samples done at the site.

According to the grant application, three options for proposed cleanup included: taking no action; excavation and off site disposal of contaminated soils; or excavation of the top six inches of contaminated soils/debris with a two foot cap and a retaining wall.

Option three was selected as the most appropriate and viable option according to the draft grant application.

Discussion during the meeting suggested that instead of excavation, the dump site should just be covered with a cap because of underlying materials furthur down that are the same as those found on top.

The grant states Pelzer residents are impacted by four parcels of unsecured property with known contamination exceeding industrial and residential RSLs and another five parcels that may be contributing contamination to the environmet

The grant application also gives insight into possible use of the dump site property as an Overlook Park on the Saluda.

The Journal will have a more comprehensive report on the meeting and the grant application and what is means for the Pelzer community in this week’s online and print edition.

Pelzer Mill property has new owners

By David Meade

At one time, Pelzer was the home of the largest cotton mill community in the South and one of the largest in the world. In more recent times, the town has experienced hard times and is now just a shell of what it once was. But that may change. The historic property that was once the location of two textile mills and early power generation has a new owner and may be the key to a brighter future for Pelzer.

The Pelzer Mill property, comprised of a total of 72 acres located on the Saluda River, has basically been unused and neglected since the mills were torn down and material salvaged from them several years ago.

Led by a vision of Pelzer Heritage Commisssion member Larry Coker, with support of the other members, the organization began discussions with owners of the Pelzer Mill property, to have the property turned over to the non-profit group.

Approximately nine months later, on Friday, Dec. 27, the necessary paperwork for donation of the property was finalized.

Sign over property

The owners of the Pelzer Mill property recently met with Pelzer Heritage Commission members to hear about plans the group has for the property that is being donated to the non-profit group. Pictured are (Front l-r) Larry Coker, Tom Green and Margie Green Schloesser of Green Family Materials, Dianne Lollis, Elaine Bruce. (Second row l-r) Kelly Authur, Pat Kelly, Shirley Pace, Elaine Hunt, and Linda Lazano. (Back row l-r) Gilbert Garrett, John Kelly, and Richard Bruce.

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Holiday Fair Saturday in Pelzer

The Town of Pelzer will host their 9th annual Holiday Fair this Saturday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historical Pelzer Gym. Admission is FREE and door prizes will be given away throughout the day, organizers said.

Fall Festival October 5 in Pelzer

The Pelzer Heritage Commission will host the Pelzer Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m in the Pelzer Monkey Park.

The event will feature a variety of activities and entertainment. There will be business and craft vendors, a fire prevention display by the West Pelzer Fire Department, a classic car show, bouncies, “human hampster” balls and other activities for children.

Pelzer annexation workshop planned

Town of Pelzer will hold an annexation workshop on Thursday, August 22 at 11am at the Pelzer Community Building. A representative from the MASC will be there to answer questions. Anyone interested is invited to attend, a town spokesperson said.

Pelzer Council oks Veterans memorial

In their July 12 meeting, Pelzer Town Council decided to proceed with allowing a Veterans Memorial on property at the Pelzer Monkey Park area and discussed annexation issues with interested citizens. Dianne Lollis, of the Pelzer Heritage Commission, asked the council if the group could proceed with a request to place a monument honoring Pelzer veterans of all wars.

Group organizes to address Pelzer issues

A group of people interested in the future of Pelzer met Thursday evening at the Pelzer community building to talk about crime, police protection, annexation and other issues affecting Pelzer. Larry Coker, who grew up in Pelzer and is a member of the Pelzer Heritage Commission, said that the focus of the meeting was to form a committee to look into the issues, especially annexation.

Water tank repairs to cost Pelzer $168,200

By Stan Welch

Pelzer Town Council met Friday and approved an expenditure of $168,200 for repairs to the town’s water tower. The low bid, which includes restoring the town logo on the tank, was submitted by Utility Service Company Incorporated.

Council also declined to approve a petition for annexation, submitted by Gilbert Garrett, who lives with his wife Nancy on Goodrich Street. Mayor McGregor explained that the legal and surveying costs incurred by the town as part of the annexation process makes it difficult to justify annexing just one home at a time.

Pelzer, West Pelzer – One town some day?

By Stan Welch

Two topics related to the future of Pelzer and West Pelzer are in the air.

West Pelzer Mayor Peggy Paxton confirmed that she and the town council have been approached informally, so far, by representatives and residents of Pelzer and the surrounding mill village about a possible merger of the two towns.

Pelzer holds worksession on annexation process

The Town of Pelzer held a special worksession Friday, Apr. 12 in which Scott Slatten of the SC Municipal Association presented information about how the annexation process works.Approxiamtely 20 interested people attended. Slatten’s presentation included steps the town and/or residents could take to begin the process.

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