Lamar Council talks water & etiquette

By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer,

Lamar Town Council convened a quick regular meeting July 13, covering updates from various departments.

Mayor Randy Reynolds reported that the town’s water pump replacement project is 99.9-percent complete, with only one bum transducer left to repair. This pump project will return Lamar to two functioning pumps, and it pairs with the town’s new skater system to allow uninterrupted and reliable water service to residents, with the option to funnel in water from Darlington County Water and Sewer Authority if needed.

Council member Jackie Thomas reported no issues with the Police Department, and said that efforts continue to equip all officers with new body cameras through a state-sponsored grant program.

Willie Howell represented council at the Leadership Enhancement Training Banquet held Thursday July 2 at Bethel Baptist Church. Councilman Howell reported that the young folks acquitted themselves admirably while demonstrating the etiquette and social skills they learned through the Darlington Community Action Agency program.

“We were really impressed,” said Howell. “I think it’s great that we have programs in town like this to help the youth.”

Howell also reported that efforts continue to secure an easement allowing the town to clean out a ditch between Rogers Street and West Main Street, and outlined future tree trimming plans provided by Duke Energy maintenance crews.

Council member Guy Clements discussed ongoing property negotiations between the Town of Lamar and David Epps, owner of Carolina Table Co. located on Main Street. Clements said that talks continue involving the potential use of a small triangle of land at the rear of that company’s property, and the need to negotiate an easement or sale of roughly 60-feet of land just off Boykin Avenue which the town uses as a throughway between Boykin and Piggly Wiggly.

Author: Duane Childers

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