Hartsville City Council honors six students, recognizes firemen and proclaims domestic violence awareness
By Stephan Drew, Editor
Hartsville City Council met on Tuesday, October 11th, to bring attention to domestic violence, recognize 2 new fire department employees and praise participants in the Baccalaureate Program.
Pam Johnson, of the Pee Dee Coalition was on hand as Mayor Casey Hancock read a proclamation, designating October 9th through 15th as Hartsville’s Domestic Violence Awareness Week. After receiving the proclamation, Johnson reported that there had been 49 fatalities in South Carolina this year from domestic abuse. Johnson stated, “Thirty-seven of these victims were women and 12 were men. That’s not as high as last year but, it’s still too high.” October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Council also recognized the efforts of five students involved in the Baccalaureate Program. Mayor Pro Tem and council member Johnny Andrews presented the proclamation to the group, which included Grace Perez, Emily Herring, Chloe Jewell, Marita Ricardo, Marissa Garrett and Program Coordinator Mrs. Alvarez. The students explained the interesting comparison study projects they did to earn this recognition.
Two new employees of the Hartsville Fire Department were also recognized. Firemen Malik Andrews and Tradd O’Donnell were welcomed and congratulated during the meeting by Mayor Hancock. City Manager Daniel Moore gave a report of upcoming activities to council, including Treats on the Street for Halloween and other planned holiday events.
In other business, council gave the final reading of Ordinance 4444, which allows the city to lease the property on the corner of Marlboro Avenue and Seventh Street to the Hartsville Rescue Squad. The city owns this property and has leased it to the Hartsville Rescue Squad for many years on an annual basis. The measure was passed unanimously.
Final reading was also given to Ordinance 4445, which allows the city to lease a small portion of property, located at 114 South Fourth Street, to Brandy Stellingworth. This consideration of city council extends the current lease of a portion of city-owned property to serve as desgnated parking for The Station to have ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access to the building. Council member Bobby McGee asked if a Quitclaim deed would be a better way. A South Carolina quitclaim deed is a type of deed that conveys whatever interest the current owner can lawfully convey with no guaranty as to the quality of the transferred interest. Mayor Hancock explained that, essentially, this ordinance would have the same effect. This measure was also unanimously approved.
Council then entered closed Executive Session to discuss the appointment of a new Director to the Hartsville Public Development Corporation. The Hartsville City Council will meet again on November 8th at 5:30pm.