Heath Springs council talks about parks and rec slot

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Town doesn’t need to name a new representative

By Jesef Williams

HEATH SPRINGS – Discussion about recommending a parks and recreation board representative wound up being a moot point at the Tuesday, March 19, Heath Springs Town Council meeting.

For the third straight month, council’s meeting agenda included an item regarding the county’s Joint Recreation Commission. For nearly two years, there had been an open slot on the 10-member commission since Ellenia Russell stepped down.

That open position represents both Heath Springs and the town of Kershaw. Each term is four years, with the two towns alternating representatives each time.

Russell was Heath Springs’ appointee, though she didn’t live in the town. Her term expires June 30.

Heath Springs council members mentioned a few possible successors but didn’t recommend anyone when the matter came up in January and February.

One of those prospective successors, Larry Kelly Sr., attended Tuesday’s meeting to voice his interest in the position.

But council tabled the item after Councilman Mark Bridges mentioned that Kershaw Town Council recommended Linda Watts last month for the position.

“We may not even have to do this,” Bridges said about making a recommendation. “Kershaw filled that position and they’ll have someone until (July 1).”

Parks and Recreation Director Hal Hiott said County Council has approved the recommendation. Because Watts’ stint would have only lasted through June, she will go ahead and also serve the next four years, Hiott said.

Hiott said Wednesday he spoke with Bridges about the matter.

“We contacted the town about replacing (Russell), but they never replaced her,” Hiott said.

Aside from the recommendation, Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor said she’d like Hiott to appear before Town Council, possibly at its April meeting.

“I want to talk to him about playground equipment,” Taylor said. “We’re getting a lot of complaints about that.”

More CDBG funding?

Taylor said there will be a special Town Council meeting at noon Thursday, March 28, to receive public input as the town looks to vie for more federal Community Development Block Grant money.

In recent years, the funding has allowed officials to replace old water lines throughout the town. If awarded, this phase – the fifth in a series – would target the southern part of town, including South Main and Clyde streets, as well as a block of College Street.

Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) will speak during the March 28 meeting. COG assists municipalities through the grant-application process.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152