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Johnston Town Council Discusses Police Cars and Trash Truck
By Anne Waits
web posted March 13, 2013
JOHNSTON – The regularly scheduled
Johnston Town Council Meeting kicked off 30 minutes earlier Monday
night with a Public Hearing on the application for a USDA Grant for
Vehicles and Equipment. In the absence of public comments from
citizens, Council members discussed the USDA application process as a
means to purchase two police cars, a trash truck and a brush truck for
the fire department. It was understood this would be a 55/45 grant, if
approved. Later in the meeting, Council voted to submit an application.
It was understood that this was just an application and there was no
guarantee the Town would be approved.
During the regular Public Comments portion of the meeting, Marcella
Edwards, CEO/president of Edgefield County Youth Empowerment Center,
attempted to speak with Council in asking for possible aid and
assistance for the group. However, she was told that somehow she had
not been put on the agenda. Edwards had initially submitted an itemized
budget for the group to Council. Council members were given
brochures to look over and Edwards was told that she will be heard at
next month's meeting.
Approval of the Feb. 11, 2013 Minutes and the 2013 Financial Report
In old business, a Streetscape update was given. Council was informed
that the FFA of Strom Thurmond HIgh School had dug up the shrubbery in
the 600 block of Calhoun Street and would come back this Wednesday to
do work in the 400 block. So, Streetscape is in progress.
In new business, Resolution No. 2013-01, an annual resolution
supporting the Town's compliance with all federal and state regulations
and recognizing the prevention of accidental losses (supports safety
regulations) was approved.
Resolution 2013-02, a Fair Housing Resolution, was approved in
coordination with the fact that April is Fair Housing Month.
Peach Blossom Festival advertising was discussed and Mayor Andy
Livingston showed an ad in The Aiken Standard demonstrating what the
ads in the daily newspapers would look like.
"We will also do some advertising in the local newspaper," he said.
Council approved unanimously advertising up to $2,000 worth, with the
costs being taken out of the hospitality account set up for such
The mayor then brought up the question of a Town Flag. He mentioned
that Edgefield has a flag and to his knowledge no flag is in existence
for the Town of Johnston. He asked permission to pursue the possibility
of a Town Flag with the current Town logo being used. Funds would come
from the hospitality fund also, but costs are not known at this time,
he said. The issue was discussed and he was given permission to
In further new business, Council approved a request from the Johnston
Development Board for use of the Municipal Parking Lot and the closing
of streets in town for the upcoming Peach Blossom Festival.
In other business, the mayor reminded Council that business licenses
for the town are due March 31; that the American Legion in Edgefield is
accepting old flags for a flag-burning ceremony; and that Statements of
Economic Interest are due from all Council members on April 15.
Following executive session, which came after the regular session,
Council voted to contract with artist Ralph Waldrop for painting to be
done on the Town mural.
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