West Pelzer approves final reading on water/sewer annexation ordinance

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During their meeting Tuesday, West Pelzer Town Council approved final reading on their Annexation and Sewer/Water Service ordinance.
According to West Pelzer Town Clerk Paula Payton, the ordinance requires contiguous property owners to request annexation in the Town if water/sewer service is made available to them. Annexation must be requested, but can be denied by Council. Noncontiguous property owners will be required to request annexation within 90 days of becoming contiguous to Town limits.
The new ordinance will not apply to current property owners that are being provided water or sewer services by the Town unless there is a change in ownership or new utility services are provided after the ordinance is approved.
West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders said that following input at a recent public hearing, the ordinance allows transfer of property to immediate family members, of two or more acres and/or property that is used for agricultural purposes to be exempt.
Also the ordinance will not apply if a property does not currently receive or accept utility services.

In the clerk’s report, Payton said 11 work orders were completed in August.

West Pelzer Police Chief Scott Stoller reported there were 15 reports with six arrests. Arrests were made for a variety of violations including: aggravated assault, larceny/shoplifting, disorderly conduct, driving under suspension, driving uninsured vehicle, drug offense, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and resisting arrest.
Stoller said that Anderson County Animal Control is not picking up dogs because the PAWS facility is beyond full. He suggested residents have ID tags on their dogs to increase the chances of reuniting if one should get out. He also encouraged dogs to be chipped.

Mayor Sanders thanked Councilman Jim Riddle and wife Sue for heading up the beautification initiative for Chapman Park and Main Street.

Master Plan surveys can be picked up at Town Hall or printed from the Town website and should be returned by Sept. 30.

The Town held a public meeting last Thursday where information was presented and input received on the Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan. Mayor Sanders said 125 residents attended.

The Mile Long Yard Sale will be held on October 1. The Pumpkin Palooza fall event will be held on October 29.