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KERSHAW – A good bit of trash talk took place at the Monday, Sept. 17, Kershaw Town Council meeting.
No, there wasn’t any arguing or taunting.
Rather, council members discussed a proposal to place new requirements for residents regarding their household garbage.
Town Council voted 6-0 on first reading of an ordinance to amend an existing town ordinance that pertains to containers for residential garbage-collection containers.
Councilman Randy Seegars was absent Monday.
The new section of the proposed ordinance says the following: “All occupied residential dwellings within the town limits are required to have a roll-out container provided and serviced by the town or its representative,” the sections reads. “Monthly fees (are) to be paid for by the resident consistent with the current rate schedule in effect during the service period.” Councilman Eddie Coates asked if the amended ordinance could also require residents to remove the container from the curb or roadside after the garbage has been collected by the town.
“That’s just a pet peeve of mine,” Coates said about seeing containers left beside the road for extended periods of time. “I just wanted to bring that up.”
Council members agreed that 48 hours was a reasonable time to give residents to remove the containers after the trash has been collected.
That inclusion will be part of the ordinance’s final reading, which council is expected to consider next month.
Ball field issues
During Monday’s meeting, Councilman Morris Russell shared concerns about the condition of some of the ball fields in Kershaw.
He first directed attention to the baseball field at the park off West Marion Street.
“The fence out there is terrible,” he said. “There’s got to be something done.” Russell also commented on the softball field on North Matson Street, which needs lighting.
“There’s no reason for us not to have a lighted field down there,” he said.
Council then pondered what revenue stream could pay for improvements at the fields.
“This would be, to me, feasible if we can get some grant money and all of us (town and county government) put in a little money.”
Also at Monday’s meeting, Town Council voted unanimously to:
• Appoint Don Moore, Doug Rollins and Dewey Todd as new members of the town’s five-person golf committee. They replace Joey Munn, Malcolm Isaac and Jeff Taylor, who all recently stepped down.
The new appointees join Terry Clyburn and Mitch Lucas on the committee.
• Donate $100 to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville. The Kershaw Shriners Club approached Town Council with the request.
Council later met in executive (closed) session Monday to discuss what was listed as “water contract.” Town Administrator Bryan Pettit said the session was for council members to get a better understanding of its ongoing contract with Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.
No action on the matter was taken when council returned to open session.
Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152