Kershaw council to meet Thursday

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Council to discuss repeal of ordinance, hold budget workshop

By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – The power to hire and fire within the town’s water and sewer department will likely be returned to the town’s administrator.

At its April 6 meeting, Kershaw Town Council gave first approval to an ordinance to repeal Ordinance 122, which gave the power to hire and fire to utility supervisor Don Rutledge. Rutledge resigned from his position last week, Town Administrator Tony Starnes said.

If Ordinance 122 is repealed, the power to hire and fire those who work for the town’s utilities will go back to Starnes. Ordinance 122 was approved by a Town Council that included former Tommy Baker as mayor and Rose Marie Baker and Jabo Sims as council members. The Bakers and Sims resigned April 6.

Councilmen Morris Russell and Randy Seegars were sworn in as new council members later that day.

Town Council will consider final reading to repeal Ordinance 122 at a special meeting on Thursday night.

Also on Thursday night’s agenda is first reading of an ordinance to change the council’s meeting date from the first Monday of the month to the third Monday. The change was proposed by Russell. The current meeting date conflicts with County Council’s meeting time.

Budget workshop

Council will also hold a budget workshop during the meeting. Starnes said it could take a while.

“We’re going to go through each line item in every department,” he said.

Last year, the town’s budget included $1,021,000 in its general fund, which includes the town’s payment to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement coverage of the town.

It also included about $1.2 million for the water and sewer department; $403,000 to operate the town’s golf course; and $185,000 for the Kershaw Recreation Center.

Starnes said he’s not sure yet if the town will have to raise taxes in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

“We haven’t raised taxes since I’ve been here,” Starnes said, which is almost six years.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. at the Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle.

For details, call (803) 475-6065.

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