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Tompkins Library Receives $750 Grant at Edgefield Town Council Meeting

By Anne Waits
web posted July 9, 2014

EDGEFIELD Edgefield Town Council conducted several items of business in a short regularly-scheduled meeting Monday night. Following the Invocation and Call to Order, Council adopted the minutes for June 2, 2014 and the financial report for June 2014.
A public hearing was held to hear written or oral comments concerning the Comprehensive Plan review as recommended to Council per the Planning and Zoning Commission.

This is done by law and is reviewed and recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Following no public comments, Council then approved the Ordinance No. 2014-03 on first reading.

Tonya Guy, Tompkins Library Director, approached Council requesting a $750 sponsorship for the Southern Studies Showcase to be held September 19-20 in Edgefield. The event is hosted by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society and Edgefield Civic League and over 130 people attended the event in 2012 and 2013. It is expected to bring over 200 to the town of Edgefield this year, said Guy.

"Twenty-four workshop classes will be held over the course of two days, with local and out-of-town speakers giving lectures on a variety of topics," she said. "This two-day gathering will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. with speakers and workshops and a Block Party on the Edgefield Square Friday evening, including dinner and an historical re-enactment from Edgefield's colorful past."

On Saturday, speakers and workshops will be held and time will be allotted on Friday and Saturday for lunch at local restaurants, shopping and visiting local historic and tourist sites. There will also be tours of Willowbrook Cemetery, a kiln opening by Old Edgefield Pottery, a special "lunch and tour" at Oakley Park on Saturday, and other special events during the Showcase to further highlight Edgefield.

Costs involved, said Guy, include advertising the event, paying mileage for several guest speakers, providing hotel rooms for three out-of-state guest speakers, purchasing Edgefield keepsakes to give attendees and guest speakers, and other expenses.

"The OEDGS and Edgefield Civic League humbly request a sponsorship from the Town of Edgefield in the amount of $750 to offset these and other expenses for this event that will showcase the town and promote tourism," she said.

Council approved the request.

Council further approved a request from Randy Jackson, Baptist Association Youth Director, for the use of the soccer field and facilities for a sports camp free of charge July 14-18.

Resolution No. 2014-01, recognizing the importance of providing a safe workplace for employees, was also approved by Council.

Under committee reports, Councilman Yarborough reported that the Town had four fire calls and three drills during the month of June. Mayor Durham announced that the final letter had been sent to Upper Savannah and the grant for a a new fire truck is still looking positive.

We should know something by August or September," he said.

The mayor also stated that he would look into the matter of a downed tree on Glover Street that Councilman Dorn had reminded him about.

Also, the mayor stated that reports from the three-hour continuing ed Planning and Zoning training for the towns of Johnston, Edgefield and Trenton and for Edgefield County had been good.

"It was real informative," he said. "I have received good feedback. Good information."

Guy announced that the Tompkins Library will be selling spaghetti suppers during the upcoming Cruise-in on July 19 from 4 to 7 p,m. for $7 a plate. It will be eat-in or take-out.

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