Special meeting called for Society Hill

By Jana E. Pye, Editor, editor@newsandpress.net

Due to a scheduling change in the Darlington City Council meeting for November, the News and Press was unable to attend the November Society Hill Town Hall meeting. (Darlington’s meeting was changed from November 3 to November 20 due to the municipal election.)
According to Mayor Tommy Bradshaw and town clerk Brenda Nettles, the highlights from the town council meeting on November 10 were as follows:

S & S Productions, owned by Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Skipper and Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Stratton, held a haunted house called “St. David’s Asylum” in Society Hill at the old St. David’s Academy during the month of October. They gave council an update on the event, and stated that “everything went well.”

Council agreed that the venue brought a lot of people into town, which helped local businesses out.

Unfortunately, the haunted house was shut down near the end of month, due to fire code violations enacted by the state.

S & S Productions asked council members if they could enter into a long term lease to use a portion of the St. David’s building for this and other events; they said they would take care of all repair work that needs to be done to bring building up to code, including installation of the most expensive of violation items, the need for a sprinkler system.

The group will have to hire engineers and architects to bring building up to code.

Mayor Bradshaw suggested that a public hearing be held, so that citizens can comment. That public hearing will be held at town hall on Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m., one hour prior to the regular monthly meeting.

S.C. House of Representatives member Patricia Henegan also spoke to the council, and told them she had attended the Catfish Festival and enjoyed the parade and other festivities. She spoke briefly about grants, but mainly wanted council to know that if they needed her, they were welcome to contact her.

The Town will have a Christmas Lighting and Caroling with the date to be announced at a later date. Council member Carolyn Oliver said that The Christmas Light contest will be held again this year.

Reminder to attend the special meeting at 5:30 p.m. prior to the regular 6:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, December 8.

Author: Duane Childers

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