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Water study makes short term, long term recommendations for Williamston

By David Meade
During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved second reading on an ordinance amending regulations of events in Public Places and passed a resolution to adopt rules for Parks, Trails and Public Places.
They also heard a report on a Water Project Study which provides an overview of assetts and makes short and long term recommendations.

Town council updated on projects, approves changes in municipal center use

By David Meade

During their first meeting of the New Year, Williamston Town Council heard reports from Envision Williamston on several grant related projects and approved several resolutions including one amending the fee schedule and rules for usage of the Municipal Center, allowing alcohol to be served during private events.

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall reported that a Palmetto Pride Grant will support a HOWDY clean-up day and three new “Adopt a Rest Stop” locations in town. Anderson County Accommodations Tax (ATAX) funding will be used for marketing the town’s 2017 Season of Events in Mineral Spring Park, Crandall said.

Williamston Council approves standard operating guidelines

For Fire Department

By Stan Welch – Williamston Town Council held a brief business meeting Monday night,giving second reading approval to two ordinances, and working out some details for the coming Christmas parade.

Council approved final reading on an ordinance which establishes rules, regulations and standard operating procedures for the fire department. The ordinance includes a new manual which explains the Standard Operation Guidelines for the fire department.

Council approves zoning fees, fire department guidelines

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard an update on Envision Williamston projects and grants, set fees for zoning variances, approved four mutual aid agreements and new operating guidelines for the fire department. Council also approved more stringent rules for mobile homes that are approved for locating in the town.

During public comments from Pamela Owens regarding items designating the historic dining room in Town Hall being removed and speeding on Gray Drive.

Town holds second reading on annexation, property purchases

By David Meade

During a special called meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council held second reading on ordinances to purchase two tracts of property in town and another property easement on the edge of town that will allow future growth and economic development, according to Williamston Mayor Mack Durham.

First reading on the ordinances was held in a special called meeting held last Monday. The purchase of the properties at 209 Mauldin Street and 526 West Main Street were recommended in the town’s Community Master Plan. The plan is part of a revitalization and economic development comprehensive master plan the town formulated in conjunction with the Envision Williamston program.

The Mauldin Street property is being purchased for $10,000, while the West Main property will be purchased for $28,000.

Williamston Town Council special meeting

Williamston Town Council will hold a special called meeting Monday August 8 at 6:30 p.m. for second reading on election ordianance changes and to review a Letter of Conditions for a USDA loan for Radio Read Meters.

Town approves funding for infrastructure plan

By David Meade

During their July meeting held Monday, Williamston Town Council approved $10,000 in funding for an infrastructure review plan and heard an update from the Envision Williamston program. A special recognition was held for former fire chief and town resident Tommy Walker, who died June 17. Firefighting boots and turnout gear along with a black drape was placed on a chair in the center of the front row where Walker often sat for council meetings.

Officials address concerns about youth facility

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town heard concerns from a citizen about the youth facility being located on Williams Street which was followed by a presentation of information by representatives of the facility. The old Williamston hospital building on Williams Street is being renovated for the facility which will be known as the Williamston Youth Academy.

Matt Johnson, a resident of Gatewood Subdivision, said he has questions and concerns about what he called a Troubled Teen Home being located on Williamst St. and the effects it may have on Gatewood, the town and nearby towns.

Williamston Council to vote Monday on budget

Hospitality Tax funding included

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council will hold a public hearing and final reading on the 2016-17 budget at their meeting on Monday, June 13 which will be held at 6:30 p.m. The General Fund Budget shows revenues and expenses of $2,967,373. The Water Fund budget is $931,300. The Sewer Fund budget is $968,000.

During a work session held Tuesday Council members, discussion focused on four primary issues. Two were road repairs and codes enforcement. The other two involved an administrative position and use of hospitality tax funds for some budget requests.

Williamston approves 2016-17 budget, zoning changes

No tax increase

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved first reading to officially adopt a zoning map, addressed several other zoning related matters, amended the sign ordinance and approved first reading on the 2016-17 budget.

Main Street/Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall updated council on activities of the economic development program including placement of wayfinding signs, promotion of community events, community engagement with a photo contest and recent completion of a Community Master Plan.

Brock Lane Dedication

A dedication program was held Sunday for Williamston’s newest street, Brock Lane, located just off Williams Street. As part of the program, an original version of the sign was presented to Rita Brock, widow of Wayne Brock, whom the street was named. Making the presentation were Williamston Town Councilman Ward 3 David Harvell, Ward 4 Councilman Otis Scott, Rita Brock, Mayor Mack Durham, and Ward 2 Councilman Rockey Burgess. (Courtesy photos by EW Director Sonya Crandall)

Williamston plans $1.576 million water meter upgrade

The Town of Williamston will apply for a $1.576 million USDA Federal loan to purchase 2400 automated meter readers for the town. Williamston Town Council held a public hearing Monday on the proposal. The 20 year loan will have a 2.25 percent interest rate and will cost the town aproximately $8,300 each month. Notice of the public hearing was published in a local daily newspaper. No one spoke during the hearing. There was brief discussion on the project by Council.

Community Master Plan lays out guide for future growth and development of town

By David Meade

During the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday, planner Tee Coker, of Arnette Muldrow & Associates, presented information on a Community Master Plan that he and a team of professionals have been putting together for the town. Coker said the team has taken the town through a year long planning process that has been “a community driven project.”

According to Coker, the plan is based on a market based reality of existing businesses and assets in the community. “We built our plan around current opportunities,” he said.

Master plan, land swap to help with economic development

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved a Community Master Plan, set regulations and fees for use of the Municipal Center and authorized a property transfer that will aid in a new business locating in a long empty building in Williamston.

The Master Plan is a guide for economic development, design and planning for the future of Williamston. Input received from the community along with market studies of the business, retail and other assets of the community, were used to come up with recommendations included in the plan. (See separate story)

Gatewood subdivision, prowling among issues addressed by Council

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council approved a pay increase, discussed two issues related to the Gatewood subdivision, approved use of the park for a new spring festival and authorized an agreement to allow off duty Williamston police officers to work traffic control at Lee Steam Station. The February meeting was held Monday (Feb. 8).

Council approved second reading on an ordinance to increase the mayor and council salaries. The increase will place the salaries back to the level prior to reductions made during a financial crisis the town suffered about ten years ago. The mayor’s salary will be set at $2000 per month. Councilmembers will receive $600 per month. The change will go into effect in January of 2017.

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