Hartsville budgets clear first reading

Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington presented Chief of Police Jerry Thompson with a proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, with flags flown at half-staff in remembrance of  officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.			         Photo by Samantha Lyles

Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington presented Chief of Police Jerry Thompson with a proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, with flags flown at half-staff in remembrance of
officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Photo by Samantha Lyles

By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, slyles@newsandpress.net

Hartsville City Council passed first reading on departmental and general fund budgets for the 2016/17 fiscal year at their May 10 regular meeting.

The budgets receiving initial approval in Ordinance 4247 are as follows: General Fund – $9,909,448; Water and Sewer – $4,034,000; Infrastructure Fund – $654,300; Solid Waste Fund – $1,432,344; Hospitality Fee Fund – $989,600; Accommodations Tax Fund – $175,050; Debt Service Fund – $137,600; Storm Water Fund – $185,000; Recreation Concessions Fund – $74,000; Splash Pad Fund – $112,150.

A public hearing and final reading on these budgets should take place at council’s June meeting and formally become effective in the new fiscal year beginning June 30, 2016.

Representatives from the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club asked that council consider donating $15,000 to the organization to help construct a new entrance to their building within the Butler Heritage Foundation gates, which would be safer than the current street-side entrance facing 6th Street.

Council also held public hearings and approved final readings on several ordinances, including Ordinance 4242 which amends city codes to allow single water meter service on properties with more than one dwelling (like a mother-in-law cottage) provided those dwellings are not rented for profit.

Ordinance 4244 also received final approval, clearing the way for the city to lease property at 710 South 5th Street (the old Food Lion shopping plaza) for use as a police substation specializing in community outreach.

Council approved an expenditure of $46,800 in Hospitality Tax funds for a waterpark expansion design package from Weber Group Inc. The design concept is the next step in growing the Piratesville Splash Pad into a fully fledged water park and tourist attraction. The H-Tax funds will be reimbursed from bond proceeds at a later date.

City manager Natalie Zeigler also noted that repair materials for the Hartsville Veterans Memorial will arrive May 26, with work to begin on the water-damaged monument shortly thereafter.

Author: Jana Pye

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