By MARTHA ROSE BROWN
EUTAWVILLE — Mayor Jean Akers announced formation of an economic development committee during Tuesday night’s regular Eutawville Town Council meeting.
Akers reported she had been meeting since August with Charleston planning consultants who approached her with some economic development ideas for the town. With collaboration between the town’s new economic development panel and the consultants, a proposed plan would ultimately be presented to the public, the mayor said.
Akers said she would ask U.S. Congressman James Clyburn to visit Eutawville to discuss economic development issues.
“We want to try to bring new businesses here,” she said.
Akers said any resident interested in serving on the economic development committee should contact Eutawville Town Hall.
Also Tuesday night, the council agreed to revisit the town’s animal control ordinance at the recommendation of Councilwoman Mary Lynn Owen.
“We’ll take a look at the animal control ordinance since we can’t get the (Orangeburg) County (Animal Control) to do anything” about the stray dogs reported by Eutawville residents,” Akers said.
She said Eutawville has a leash law but some residents don’t abide by it.
The mayor said she supports the idea of requiring pet owners to register their pets and for the pets to wear a tag bearing registration information.
The council agreed to discuss the animal control ordinance at its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Eutawville Community Center.
In other business:
* Akers reported the 2012 Eutaw Village Festival netted $2,608.18. In addition, the Wine Tasting fundraiser held in December to benefit the festival netted $452, for a total of $3,060.18 in proceeds, she said.
“That was our first year, so really we did pretty good,” the mayor said of the event.
* Akers reported the Eutawville Police Department had applied for federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grants and will know in mid-July if it will receive two fully-equipped patrol cars.
* Councilman Brandon Weatherford, water commissioner, reported two water line breaks had occurred since the council met in November. Water department personnel are currently working to compile the 2012 water use figures so the report can be submitted to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
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