Williamston approves first reading on budget – without Main St. program (for now)

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Williamston Town Council unanimously approved first reading on their 2013-14 budget Monday, but without funding for an economic development program and coordinator.

A motion by Mayor Mack Durham to pass the budget as presented with $78,043 for a coordinator and other expenses associated with the proposed Main St. SC revitalization program was defeated by a 1-4 vote with only the mayor in favor.

A motion by Councilman Otis Scott to pass first reading on the budget taking out the funding for the revitalization program passed unanimously.

During discussion, Councilman Rockey Burgess asked if the funding budgeted could be placed in contingency for later approval if details of the program could be worked out.

Town attorney Richard Thompson said the item could be revisited with a budget amendment.

Council also approved first reading on an ordinance to prohibit smoking in workplaces and recreational areas, first reading on an ordinance allowing fire pits and fireworks and approved funding request for the Spring Water Festival.

A rezoning request for a property on Simpson Street that is being used as a group home was denied.

The town also approved mutual aid agreements with Anderson County, Belton and West Pelzer.

Council agreed to set juror pay at $10 per day.

Additional details on the meeting and the budget will be posted online and in the print edition of The Journal.