Society Hill approves 2016-2017 budget

By Jana E. Pye, Editor,

“We are ending the year without any debt, and we don’t owe anybody anything.” said Mayor Tommy Bradshaw to the citizens that attended the June 21, 2016 meeting.”As you can see, we have substantial money in the bank. I just want to reiterate again that with this amount of money in the bank we can take the balance and put it in a reserve fund, per the Municipal Association (of SC – MASC) handbook- and I feel that $55,000 should be left to be used for emergency situations only.”

The proposed budget was $357,720, an increase of 48% from the previous year budget of $241,870.

The millage for the town remains at .63 mills.

Capital expenditures include estimates for the following:

• New roofs for Town Hall, Fire Department, and the town’s picnic area: $40,000

• Heart monitor for Rescue Squad: $1,500

• St. David’s Monument wiring (for lights): $600 (this item may be tabled)

The town council members in their budget meetings also discussed the need for a part time police officer, and increasing Officer D. Gillespie to 40 hours per week. The town’s police cars will be paid for in October, and council discussed purchasing a pick up truck to used for Christmas lights, transferring stage, tables, chairs, and other uses.

Council met the new Town Attorney John Milling, who will assist in legal matters such as the adoption of upcoming ordinances.

Council approved the second reading of the ordinance FY2015-2016-02: Adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code.

Councilwoman Michelle Steen asked for funds to assist with an upcoming fundraiser for the Rescue Squad to be held on the grounds of St. David’s Academy on July 30th beginning at 10 a.m. with water slides, games, etc. culminating with a fireworks display at dusk.
Council agreed to donate $250 for the event.

Mayor Tommy Bradshaw told council he had met with Frank Willis, director of the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership; hopes are that a company will wish to move operation to the site of the former Galey & Lord plant that just shut down this month.

Town resident Ann Morris spoke to council, asking them to address the issue of deer being hit by vehicles and left to be consumed by carrion at the side of the road – or in her unfortunate case, in the lot next door to her home.

The council, police chief, city clerk and members of the rescue squad discussed options available should the occurrence happen again. Residents are asked to report occurrences such as this to town hall or the police department immediately.

The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Author: Duane Childers

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