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Tropical Sno Hawaiian Shaved Ice Business Pitched to Town Council

By Anne Waits
web posted March 13, 2014

JOHNSTON Johnston Town Council met Monday night, voting into existence several resolutions, approving an ordinance on First Reading, and approving a donation and  the use of Town property. In addition, several updates were given and several items discussed. Following the approval of the Feb. 10, 2014 Minutes and approval of the February 2014 Financial Report, Mayor Andy Livingston announced that the Streetscape Project has been completed. A discussion followed on police vehicles, an item continued from last month.

Police Chief Chris Aston announced that he had a quote from Ford Motor Credit Company at six percent interest. Council decided to wait in order to look at cheaper interest rates.

In other old business, Livingston said that the $1,000 that the Town voted to spend on a portable pitcher's mount for Watson Park is unnecessary now, because the County is going to pay for it. He said he had received a letter from County Athletic Director Nick Wates that the County has received money and has to do the same for Johnston that it does for Edgefield.

"They have already started to redo our field," he said. " So, we still have $7,400 in PARD money to spend. My recommendation is that we go ahead and buy two more sets of aluminum bleachers to replace the old blue ones." Council agreed, and the action was approved unanimously.

In new business, Katrina Fulmore offered a proposal for the rental of the Garden Center for a Johnston Tropical Sno business. She first introduced herself as a disabled vet who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, who moved here in 1998 when her husband Joe opened the federal prison in Edgefield.

She said she has wanted to open a Tropical Sno Hawaiian Shaved Ice place for years and first got the idea when she lived in Illinois.

"I'm home now and have the time to do it," she said. "For 16 years, I admired the Garden Club Building (formerly Police Station) at the corner of Lee and Calhoun Streets. I would like to rent the building and keep the building as is, with no permanent fixtures. I noticed cobwebs, tiles falling and paint peeling. I would like to restore it as far as painting and so forth and put in planters, with the Town's permission."

She said she would put in a self-contained sink system and would do some research and put up a plaque to represent the building's history. Also, she would donate 100 percent of sales from the "peach" flavored cone to the Garden Club. She proposed a trial period of one season (April through September) to pay rent to the Town and to work on the historical preservation with no permanent exterior signage. She would also promote the Town and the Garden Club through advertising and marketing.

Council member Tommy Burton said that while he thinks the business is a great idea, he has concerns about space and safety.

"Is it going to be large enough to accommodate your business and customers?" he asked. Also, he had concerns about traffic at that intersection.

Fulmore said she thought there would be plenty of space and that most of her business would be to-go items.

"There is one bench there now and I could add a couple more, with the Town's permission," she said. "There is adequate street parking."

Council members Tommy Stone and Terrence Culbreath also had concerns. Stone said he wondered if anyone had ever made such a request before. "The Garden Club members are pretty much the caretakers of this building, and we would have to get their blessings before doing anything. Also, I don't know if it's feasible."

Council member Tyra Miller said she agreed with the concerns, especially with children and bicycles in that area. I'd like to see this business here, but I'm not sure about this location," she said. "Also, everything has to be approved by the National Preservation Society and that takes time."

The mayor agreed that everything would have to pass the Garden Club and the National Preservation Society. He said they would take the proposal as information and check further into the idea.

In other new business, Council approved the use of Watson Park Baseball Field on April 5 and 6 by Marion Bledsoe for the Pitch, Hit and Run Baseball League, with use of bathroom facilities. The league consists of 7-14 year old boys and girls.
Also, Resolution No. 2014-01, a resolution supporting the Town's compliance with all federal and state regulations and recognizing the prevention of accidental losses was approved unanimously.

The Town also approved Resolution No. 2014-02, a Fair Housing Resolution.
Council approved on First Reading Ordinance No. 2014-01, an ordinance approving required wording of procurement procedure (updating wording).

In final business, Council approved a donation of $50 to the Chamber of Commerce to help with a Breakfast for the National Guard 122nd Engineer Battalion and Uncasing of Colors and Freedom Salute Ceremony, which took place on Sunday.

In the Mayor's Report, Livingston reminded everyone that the Statement of Ethics is due by Council members and that business licenses are due by the end of the month. As mentioned by Council member Stone earlier, the mayor agreed to send out a proclamation advertising a clean-up campaign as done yearly prior to the Peach Blossom Festival.






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