Kershaw council may move meeting date to third Mondays

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By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council members are considering moving its meeting date to the third Monday each month.

Council has been meeting on the first Monday of each month, but new Councilman Morris Russell said Monday he’d like for the time of the meeting to be moved.

Russell said meeting on the third Mondays would allow Town Council members to attend County Council meetings, and allow County Councilman Jack Estridge, who represents the Kershaw area, to attend Town Council meetings.

“You need to be seen,” Russell said. “We’ve got to build some kind of relationship with those folks (on County Council).”

Russell, who is director of Lancaster County Emergency Management, often has to attend County Council meetings because of his job.

Changing the meeting date will have to be approved by ordinance. Council unanimously voted to take action on the proposal on May 6.

Council also voted to spend about $86,000 to put in a new heating and air-conditioning system for the Kershaw Recreation Center.

Five new units will be installed on the roof, with the other three on the ground. It is a lot of money for the aging building, but Russell said it could be worth the investment for the town.

He said when he was campaigning for his seat on council, he heard positive comments from residents about the rec center.

“Everyone I’ve talked to wants to keep this place,” Russell said. Council is using the building as its meeting place right now while the new Town Hall is under construction.

Only four council members – Russell, Randy Seegars, Wade Hunter and Eddie Coates – attended Monday night’s meeting.

Tommy Baker resigned as mayor and Rose Marie Baker and Jabo Sims resigned as council members shortly before Monday night’s meeting.

Russell and Seegars were sworn in a the beginning of Monday night’s meeting.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151