Lamar to change business license regs

Lamar Town Council members Jackie Thomas, Angele White-Bradley, Willie Howell, and Mike Lloyd. Photo by Samantha Lyles

Lamar Town Council members Jackie Thomas, Angele White-Bradley, Willie Howell, and Mike Lloyd.
Photo by Samantha Lyles

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

The Town Council of Lamar convened their regular meeting Monday, May 9, and discussed the need to alter their business license regulations to include provisions for day laborers and other contract-type workers conducting business within town limits.

This change would mostly affect formal businesses like landscapers and home repair handymen who come into town, use their own equipment and work on a recurring basis.

“All towns require businesses to have business licenses, but as far as day laborers are concerned – like someone that I call to my house, they use my equipment and work for an hour or so and I pay them – they are not required to have a business license,” explained council member Angele White-Bradley.

She further noted that businesses that bring their own equipment and work on a recurring basis might be exempt from the business license requirement if they can prove they make under a certain amount of money in Lamar each year. Those businesses would pay the initial business license fee of $100, but could receive the exemption the following year if they bring receipts or supporting documentation proving their income is below the threshold.

White-Bradley proposed that threshold be set at $10,000 per year. Council agreed that there is a need to rewrite the current ordinance to reflect this exemption, and the matter will be taken up again and voted on at their June meeting.

In other matters, council member Mike Lloyd delivered the bad news that Lamar’s application for a $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Association (RIA) grant was turned down. The town was seeking state help to defray the $1.8 million cost of installing a new water plant and well, as both of Lamar’s old wells were closed after SC DHEC found trace amounts of radium in the water.
Lloyd said the town is now awaiting word on whether it will receive loan assistance from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Since the well closings, Lamar has been purchasing water from the Darlington County Water and Sewer Authority, and Lloyd said Lamar paid the authority $9,100 this past month for just over 3 million gallons of water.

“It’s kind of frustrating right now,” Lloyd said.

He asked that anyone who spots a water leak around the town please call and report it immediately to any town official.

Rev. Emanuel Simon of the Egg Scramble Jamboree Committee presented Mayor Randy Reynolds with donation checks of $500 for police uniforms, and $200 for the Downtown Pride Committee. Simon noted that other donations were presented to the Lamar Library and Lamar High School, as well as local churches who help with Lamar’s signature spring festival – which draws over 30,000 visitors to town.

Rev. Emanuel Simon presented donation checks to the Town of Lamar on behalf of the Egg Scramble Jamboree Committee. Photo by Samantha Lyles

Rev. Emanuel Simon presented donation checks to the Town of Lamar on behalf of the Egg Scramble Jamboree Committee.
Photo by Samantha Lyles

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