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KERSHAW – The creation of a skatepark in Kershaw remains a divisive issue for town leaders.
Town Council voted 3-3 at its Thursday, Jan. 17, meeting on a request of about $32,000 from the Kershaw Community Park Council. The money would go toward new surfacing on which to install ramps and other skateboarding equipment.
Council members Michael Cook, Mayor Wayne Rhodes and Morris Russell voted in favor of the request. Council members Wade Hunter, Sonya Poole and Randy Seegars voted against it.
Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.
Because the vote was tied, the motion failed.
KCPC Chairwoman Beverly Timmons said the group has been actively seeking financial support to build the skatepark since it received a donation last year of nine skatepark components worth nearly $100,000.
Timmons, though, said the KCPC’s efforts haven’t resulted in any pledges that would pay for the resurfacing. Because of that, the group turned back to Town Council.
Despite the vote, Timmons said she remains hopeful that the KCPC will somehow secure the funding.
“It’s challenging,” she said. “We will continue to work on the development of the park. We’re basically just trying to help the town.”
Cook said he voted in favor of the request because he thinks the skatepark would give area youth a recreational outlet. It will also stress active living, versus staying inside watching TV or using the computer, he said.
We need that,” Cook said. “It’s a fun thing. We need something for our youth to do.” Hunter said he voted against the request because of financial reasons.
He doesn’t see a skatepark as a money maker, as opposed to a refurbished bowling alley.
Hunter questions what ideas the KCPC has to generate revenue to offset the money that would be spent.
“It’s good. I’m for it,” Hunter said of the skatepark. “But I’m for dealing with debt first.” Cook said he intends to bring the request back up for more discussion at Town Council’s February meeting.
On Thursday, Town Council unanimously approved first reading to approve changes to Lancaster County’s comprehensive plan.
The document details a host of information about the county, such as population numbers, demographic data and geographic information.
The county is required to update the plan every five years. The state also recommends the plan be rewritten every 10 years.
Chief changes this time were updates to the population numbers based on the 2010 Census and modifications to some of the maps. In Kershaw, the now-demolished Springs Industries mill has been removed from the maps.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, Town Council voted:
u 6-0 to buy mowing equipment to use at the town golf course. For years, the town has leased the equipment, which maintains the greens, fairway and rough. The new equipment, from John Deere, will cost $160,000, said Town Administrator Bryan Pettit.
u 6-0 to reduce the rental fee for the ballroom at the Kershaw Country Club from $450 to $250.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152