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Johnston Town Council Tackles Issues Monday night
web posted February 14, 2013
JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council members
braved the rain Monday night to take care of Town business as usual.
The first item of business on the agenda was a short presentation by
Larry Davis, general manager of Northland Communications. Davis thanked
Council for the opportunity to come and acknowledged seeing and talking
with several Council members already. He expressed that he would like
to start meeting with them on a more regular basis in order for Council
members to voice any concerns.
"I guess I could start by bringing the franchise check to you," he said
while handing the check to Mayor Andy Livingston.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, resident Artie
Emanuel addressed Council on two matters. "First,the leaves beside my
street have been there since before Christmas and need to be picked
up," she said. "And second, you would have heard this before if my
husband was living, but the place below the house on 121 (Studio 21),
something needs to be done about the noise."
Minutes for the Jan. 14, 2013 meeting and the January 2013 Financial
Report were approved unanimously.
In old business,Council member Terrence Culbreath gave a Streetscape
update. He said that he had talked to Darla Steele with the Strom
Thurmond High School FFA and they are backed up right now, but in a
couple of weeks they should be able to begin on the Streetscape.
"She said they will do the work and will just need our approval," he
said. "I told her to just give us a couple of days notice so that we
can close down that portion of the street."
Livingston agreed and said that would give them time to correlate the
project with the police department safety-wise and close off the street.
In new business, Marcella Edwards was supposed to have been present for
a discussion on the Youth Empowerment Group. Her presentation was put
off until a later date, but Council held a brief discussion anyway.
Council member Tyra Miller said she realized they would not be able to
give what Mrs. Edwards was asking for, but she would like to see them
help in some way.
"Anything for the youth would be greatly appreciated, I'm sure," she
Also in new business, Council approved the Recommended Police Policies
by the S.C. Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund. Police Chief
Chris Aston said the recommendation tweaks policies already in
"The wording is changed in places and the policies are brought up to
date," he said. "We talked to the Town attorney and it should be fine.
The credit policies, the S.C. Risk Management and National Risk
Management, are the same ones used by the federal government."
Under committee reports, Council member Frank Nicholson gave a brief
report on the Public Works Department. He stated that he and others
have been working with the supervisor to encourage him to establish a
daily work plan.
"I sure hope we can get him to keep up with it," he said. "Based on the
people and equipment, he needs to be able to keep up with where he is
right now and report back to us."
He said there have been calls about workers taking days off and this is
okay if within the bounds of what is allowed. Livingston commented and
said they have so many days a month, but it is supposed to be approved
"They work good for awhile and then they're taking days off," said
Nicholson. "Hopefully, this work plan can eliminate some of the calls."
On the Office of Town Council, Council member Tommy Burton commented
that he had e-mailed Council members awhile back about the good job
police officers had done in keeping the noise level down in the club
(Studio 21). However, the problem has waxed and waned.
"It's back up," he said. "You can't go to sleep until 2 a.m. We were
told some insulation was put in, but I've been in the club and we can't
confuse insulation with sound-proofing. We had this problem in 2004.
The club was allowed to reopen with the same problems."
He said he believes Officer Corley had the best idea yet on Friday
night. He gave them a ticket. Chief Aston said next time they will be
In the mayor's report, Livingston touched on several items: First, two
new business licenses were issued, bringing the total new ones to eight
as of March 31. He commented that for the most part, they are
still open and the new businesses are a good thing to see. Second,
folks have not heard the sirens going off lately because they are being
re-wired. Third, he announced that the Municipal Association Data
meeting was being held on Wednesday and Council members Burton and
Culbreath would be going. Fourth, the mural committee has met and are
posting notices around town. Fifth, he announced that the mosquito
situation is being worked on. Edgefield does not wish to participate
and the Town is looking at other contractors and possibilities.
Finally, Livingston said he wanted to let Council know what the Public
Works people do.
"On Monday and Tuesday, four men collect trash,aided by the Federal
Prison inmates," he said. "On Monday, they work one side of town,
collecting 365 carts and traveling 22 miles, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, they collect 397 carts on the other side of town and travel
19 miles, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m."
He concluded that is a lot of wear and tear on the truck, stopping and
"The biggest thing we're going to be looking at is replacement of
machinery for the Town," he said.
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