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Town of Johnston Gets Clean Audit, 6 months in Reserves
By Anne Waits
web posted November 15, 2012
JOHNSTON – Among an array of items
addressed on the agenda Monday night, Johnston Town Council received
and approved a clean audit for FY 2011/2012 and voted unanimously to
donate $1,000 to the Johnston American Legion toward a roof replacement
in view of the fact that the building is used for Town elections.
Matt Phillips of McKinley, Cooper, Inc. addressed Council regarding the
audit. At the end of the current fiscal year, the Town had a fund
balance of $716,429, an increase of $103,043 over the previous year.
"The Town has a fund balance of 56 percent," Phillips said, after going
over the audit. "We like to keep it above three months--the way it
stands now, if suddenly there was no money coming in the Town could
operate for six months."
In the public comments portion of the meeting, citizen Lucky Davis
expressed concern regarding a ditch on East Hill Drive and also some
shrubbery on East Hill Drive that could possibly cause safety issues.
Approval of the October Minutes and the Financial Report followed.
In old business, Mayor Andy Livingston announced that the Peach
Exchange Committee list is now complete and includes John Edwards Jr.,
Willie Campbell, Artie Emanuel, Kay Campbell, Donna Livingston, Annette
Holloway and Darlene Smith. The mayor recommended and Council agreed
that the committee's duties would include: meeting monthly during the
months of January, February and March; soliciting nominations from the
committee and the general public through the media; picking an honoree
and presenting a name to Town Council; and determining how many and how
often citizens should be honored by being placed on the wall (town
In continuation of discussion on the Waterworks Park move, Livingston
announced that he has written a letter to owners of the adjacent
property to what the Town already owns and that the project is in the
works for a park, not a basketball court.
In other old business, Council member Terrence Culbreath informed
Council that the Website Update is going smoothly and should be done in
perhaps three weeks.
"We have a template," he said. "I sent about 40 pictures. It's coming
together. I still don't know if we will be able to keep the original
logo or not."
Livingston asked if there would be a place to put it in order for
Council to view it and Culbreath answered, "Yes."
Regarding a previously discussed project with Johnston Development
Corporation to place a clock on the town mural, the mayor announced
that project has been scratched. Instead the Development Corporation
will purchase two benches to place on the street where they will not
interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian traffic. The Development
Corporation will fund the project.
In other old business, Council voted to replace the police boots
stipend of $75 a year to $125 every two years.
The discussion on public works policy continued. At last month's
meeting, Council was in favor of re-writing the ordinance for
collection of yard debris by the Town. The mayor said he had been
reading up and there was a way to do it as a resolution. A long
discussion ensued as to what composed "normal" yard rake again.
Council member Tyra Miller said, "The key is defining normal yard rake
for people who pay to have their grass and shrubbery cut. It will
differ from yard to yard. But we were looking at big jobs when talking
Council member Tommy Burton said he thought they should do as they had
been doing. "Its been working," he said.
Council member Tommy Stone said the question had come up with public
works as to what they should accept.
Several members said the Town should pick up what they can in 10
minutes and come back later for the rest.
Police Chief Chris Aston reminded Council they could regulate time but
Council finally agreed that citizens who have to hire people to do
their yard work should have their debris picked up in that manner--as
much as the Town can pick up in 10 minutes and if they have to make a
second trip, do so. That does not include large projects such as
cutting down trees and so forth in which the contractor would be
responsible for hauling off debris.
In new business, Council approved an agreement between the Town and
Municipal Association for collection of business license taxes from
"We already do it," said the mayor. "The Municipal Association writes
it up." Ordinance 2012-02 was approved on first reading. This is an
ordinance adopting the Municipal Association's Model Business Licenses
Ordinance which amends the Business License Ordinance Provisions for
Insurance Companies. It replaces the ordinance in place. This was a
change in verbage and is in keeping with a state and federal law.
With Veterans Day falling on Monday next year, Council gave approval to
observe Veterans Day on Monday and to make a change in the 2013 Town
Council Meeting Schedule to meet on Nov. 12 instead of Nov. 11 in order
to observe Veterans Day.
Council approved the use of the Municipal Parking Lot for the Annual
Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 26 and the mayor reminded Council of
the Edgefield Christmas Parade on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.
Council also agreed that in future years, Halloween hours will be from
6 to 8 p.m. instead of 6 to 8:30 p.m.
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