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Edgefield Passes First Reading on Budget, Discusses New Fire Truck

By Anne Waits
web posted May 8, 2014

EDGEFIELD The first order of business at the Edgefield Town Council meeting Monday night was the swearing in of re-elected Council members Bill Jackson and Robert Rodgers, along with re-elected mayor, Ken Durham. Following the swearing in by Town Attorney Jennifer Sumner, Council approved the April 7, 2014 meeting minutes and the April 2014 financial report.

There were no public comments concerning the Town Budget during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting. Therefore, Council approved on First Reading Ordinance No. 2014-02, FY 2014-15 Budget.

It was decided to wait until next month to appoint the Mayor Protem, as Councilman Jasper Lloyd, who was nominated, wanted some time to think about it. Alva Lewis, whose term was expiring on the Election Commission, was re-appointed. All the others on the Commission stayed the same. On the Zoning Board of Appeals, Council voted to re-appoint Freda Moseley, Butch Bull and Sherry Holmes. For the Zoning and Planning members, all but one have agreed to re-serve, including David Tollison, Stephen Wimberly and Linda Favor Dawkins. Council voted to re-appoint those three. The mayor asked Council to come up with a member at lodge by next month's meeting to replace the one who was not willing to re-serve.

The Fire Department Committee reported there were 12 fire calls last month and three drills. They also reported another matter of major importance. The Town will need to replace a fire truck.

The mayor said it was time to buy a truck 10 years ago. He said the Town agreed to set aside 10 or 15,000 at the time to refurbish the 1974 truck.

"This is the back-up for the back-up," he said. "It's gotten us this far. What happened is they were on Sweetwater Road and the engine blew. It's time to buy a truck. The next newest is 20 years old."

The mayor said there is a slim possibility of some money from Upper Savannah and it if comes through it will pay 60 to 70 percent of it.

"But don't hang your hat on it," he said. "We're talking about probably $230,000 in cost and that's for the basic needs. We've been talking to the chief and officers and we'll probably be getting something like our 274, the latest one we've got. Right now, they have to know how to operate several different trucks, that way everything would be the same." 

"If it's a possibility for a draft, that may prolong it six or eight months," he said. "For $175,000, it would be well worth waiting. Otherwise we may start looking at bids in several months. Still, there's a four to six month wait. And, we've got financing to take care of."

In further business, Council members received individual invitations from SCANA to a barbecue at Misty Lakes next Wednesday night. It is an annual affair for local officials to get together and talk.

Also, Mayor Durham reminded Council members if they have not had the chance to go out and look at Phase ! of what the Turkey Federation is doing, they should do so.
"I know I talk about it at every meeting, but it is well worth your time to ride through and see the equipment and so forth for Phase 1," he said. "They will spend from 10 to 12 million dollars on this project."

In closing, Councilman Otis Yeldell was thanked for representing the Town in the Peach Blossom Festival.

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