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Cooperation between towns opening door for possibilities

By Stan Welch
As reported in recent issues of The Journal, the neighboring towns of Pelzer and West Pelzer have consolidated both their public works departments, and some of their administrative functions. The public works functions are supervised and directed by West Pelzer’s Michael Mahaffey, with an additional employee assigned to Pelzer.
When the new West Pelzer Municipal Center is occupied, Pelzer Town Clerk Heather Holcombe will have her office there as well as West Pelzer Clerk Paula Payton.

Pelzer Council approves budget, looking at needs of town

By Stan Welch

The Pelzer Town Council gave final approval to the 2016-2017 budget Monday night and agreed to raise the fee residents will pay for garbage pickup. The unanimous vote followed a public hearing that once again seemed to center on the fate of the town’s recreational programs.

Mayor Steve McGregor explained that closing down the recreational programs was not Council’s intention when they sought to impose tighter controls and greater accountability. “When we finally closed the town swimming pool a couple years ago, that was a very difficult decision, but the fact is that the pool had always lost money. It was built by the mill for additional fire protection, but once the mills started closing, the costs quickly outweighed the benefits. The mills had a lot of wonderful traditions, but they are gone now. We can’t afford to hand out Christmas baskets each year either, you know?”

Officials agree: “Pelzer is a unique place with a lot of potential”

By David Meade

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission were joined by three members of Pelzer Town Council, representatives of Anderson County and members of Anderson County’s Legislative Delegation for an information meeting with two valuable state resources on tourism and economic development. Amy Blinson of SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (SCPRT) and Jill Francisco of the SC Department of Commerce offered information on grants and other resources that may be available to help with Pelzer Mills Properties and the Town of Pelzer.

Pelzer Heritage Commission Vice President Larry Coker gave a brief presentation on grants and projects the PHC is currently working on and introduced the two speakers.

Meet with Governor’s Office

Pelzer Heritage Commission members, Town of Pelzer and Anderson County officials recently traveled to the State Capital in Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Baker. Attending were Pelzer Heritage Commission members included Dianne Lollis, Larry Joe Coker, Gilbert Garrett, Kelly Arthur along with Dr. Wayne Fowler from Pelzer Mill Properties Board, newly elected Pelzer Council member Kim Crone Wilson , Anderson County Council member Cindy Wilson, Steve Newton and Michael Forman from Anderson County Planning Dept. The meeting, made possible through Pelzer native, Beth Phibbs, who also attended along with Gail Jeter from CARDNO. A presentation to Mr. Baker was made by Gilbert Garrett, PHC Secretary, in hope of obtaining support from Governor Haley and the state on developing the Pelzer mill properties, now owned by the PHC. Members were encouraged with the meeting.

Mill property, Town Hall and gym now in Pelzer town limits

By David Meade

Pelzer Town Council approved first reading on an annexation ordinance to bring 17 parcels of property, including Town Hall, the Pelzer Gym and upper and lower mill properties, into the town limits.

This is the first large scale annextion of property for the town as an increasing number of residents and property owners push to be included in town limits. The property annexation will pave the way for even more individual property owners to petition to have their property brought in.

Pelzer Town limits expanding with property annexation

By Stan Welch

During a brief meeting last Friday, Pelzer Town Council members heard an update on the annexation progress of seven pieces of property and plans to annex Town Hall, the Gym, and the mill properites which at present are not located in the physical limits of the town.

A number of residents and at least one church have already petitioned the town for annexation and there is growing interest among residents to be included in the town proper.

Post office misplaces Pelzer bills

Water and sewer customers in Pelzer may have noticed their bills due April 10 did not arrive as expected earlier this week. And they will likely received two bills, due to a batch of bills which was misplaced for four days by the post office.

According to Pelzer Town Administrator Skip Watkins, after taking monthly routine readings, the town printed their bills as normal on March 27 and took them to the Williamston post office for mailing. However, once they were entered at Williamston, the USPS apparently misplaced the tubs of bills somewhere in the system.

Pelzer considering water options

Pelzer – During their first meeting of the year, Pelzer Town Council members were administered the oath of office which wes followed by an update on a proposal by Greenville Water. The Town of Pelzer is considering options to purchase water in bulk from Greenville Water system which could save the town some money. Details on the amount of daily usage and the cost per gallon are still being looked at, Administrator Skip Watkins said.

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.

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 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.

Pelzer Council to meet at community building

The Town of Pelzer will hold their regular monthly meeting and a special worksession this Friday, Apr. 12 at the Pelzer Community Building located behind Bi-Lo. The worksession with town Attorney Jimmy King and Scott Slatten of the SC Municipal Association will be held at 11 a.m. Information related to how the annexation process works will be presented. The regular meeting of Council will be held at 12 noon.

Pelzer, West Pelzer now on REWA sewer system

By David Meade

During their monthly meeting Friday, Pelzer Town Council heard an update on the REWA sewer project, a proposed park project and the Main St. SC Program. They also approved first reading on a new hospitality tax.

Administrator Skip Watkins, now working part time, said Pelzer and West Pelzer were now connected to the Renewable Water Resources (REWA) Piedmont Regional facility and began pumping wastewater on Friday Feb. 22. The town will be paying their first bill since coming on the system which is estimated to be approximately $15,000 per month.

Pelzer residents to see change in water billing

The Town of Pelzer will implement changes to its billing system in the coming weeks, according to town municipal clerk Skip Watkins. Most of these changes will affect all water bill customers of the town. The town will change to a monthly billing cycle. Water bills being mailed this week will be the last bill on a two-month billing basis.

Pelzer Municipal Clerk to retire – Skip Watkins

By Stan Welch – Pelzer’s municipal clerk, Skip Watkins, will end two decades of public service later this fall. Watkins announced his retirement at last Friday’s town council meeting, shocking everyone but Mayor Steve McGregor and his assistant Heather Holcombe.

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