PAGELAND — Local citizens brought several concerns before the Pageland Town Council during its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday, May 3.
Tim Griffin, president of the Chamber of Commerce, asked about issues that have been previously brought before Council.
Some of the issues included: tearing down or repairing of the dam on the town pond, liability of the crepe myrtle stumps downtown, the double-wide trailer on Hwy. 151 Bypass that has not been moved even after property owner was denied variance, progress with the building the town purchased for a Farmers Market, the one half million dollar bond for the Community Center, whether or not a new fire truck has been purchased, and flags and a sign for the new Town Hall building.
Griffin said a lot of people remark that the new building uptown is very nice, but they don’t know that it’s the Town Hall.
“Do you know where we are?” Griffin asked Council. “We need to put these words into deeds and actions.”
During his presentation, Griffin praised Town Council member Kim S. Mangum for giving quick attention to previous complaints about the conditions of the town’s playground equipment.
In an interview with the Progessive Journal, Griffin said Mangum went to work right away in getting Public Works to make repairs to the playground equipment at Conbraco Park. He said Mangum actually stayed right there on site to monitor work on the equipment.
“It’s not a perfect fix,” Griffin noted. “But it is a temporary fix.”
Dr. Keitiaunna Howard, a resident of the new Amberly II community, said she never received a response from Council concerning the upside-down sign and the large potholes in her neighborhood that she brought before Council at its April meeting.
Howard wanted to know who owns the roads in her community.
She also mentioned the lack of green space west of Van Lingle Mungo Blvd, which she also brought before Council last month.
“We can’t continue to make excuses,” she remarked. “Amberly II is a part of the Pageland community.”
Another concerned citizen, Matt Smith, said he knew of an incident regarding a suspicious car in a neighborhood. He said 911 was called, but the individual who called didn’t have a response back within an hour. He said the individual then called the Pageland Police Department, but they had one officer and a new officer in training on duty. He said another officer had responded to an assist call at the Smokehouse Grill and wasn’t available either.
“We need to hire more officers,” Smith said. “They go to other agencies that pay more,” he continued.
Eddie Rivers, a local pastor and real estate business owner, asked Council about the process involved in moving a mobile home within the town limits. He said he was given permission to move the mobile home, but now he is being told he had to go through variance.
Meadow Ritch, a resident of Amberly II, brought concerns before Council about the lack of the Parks and Recreation Department in offering after-school and summer camp programs. She gave each Council member a packet with detailed information about other private owned programs for young children in the town, including their hours and rates.
The packet also included information about programs that recreation centers in other towns offer.
In other business, Town Council unanimously approved Ordinance 45, giving real estate business owner, Jermaine Johnson, a change in right-of-way size on S. Elm St. from 66 ft. to 50 ft.
Council also waived the license fee for the Town Wide Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, May 21.
Council unanimously approved the purchase of a 2018 vehicle for the Pageland Police Department at the cost of $26,500. Chief Dean Short said the vehicle was fully equipped except for a radio and radar.
Also during the meeting, Griffin presented his request for various services during the 71st Pageland Watermelon Festival to be held July 15-16. Council unanimously approved Griffin’s requests.
In his administrator’s report, Shane Sligh reported:
- The generator for the Community Center and the SRF sewer rehabilitation project are out for bids.
Football field repairs at the Community
- Center are in process.
The Jason C. Hicks
- Memorial Scholarship 5k Run/Walk fundraisers will be May 28. The race will begin and end at the Community
- Application submission for the Public Works director is in process and will close May 13.
Council went into Executive Session concerning personnel. The result was after Executive Session, Council resumed in open session and approved the hiring of an additional position for the local police department, which will bring the total of officers for the department to 13.