BOWMAN — A member of the Orangeburg Area Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors thanked elected officials and residents for the partnership between his agency and the town during Bowman Town Council’s meeting June 11.

Willie Booker of the Boys & Girls Club said the board felt it had not been communicating properly with the town.

“However, we plan to re-engage the partnership moving forward.” Booker said. Other Boys & Girls Club officials also attended the council meeting.

Also during the meeting, resident Kayla Williams expressed concern about drivers exceeding the speed limit on Oliver Street.

“We need some kind of ‘Children at Play’ sign or something to let these drivers know that this is an area where children play,” Williams said.

She was assured that police patrols will be stepped up on Oliver Street and officers will be more vigilant in the future.

In other business, Councilwoman Patsy Rhett wanted to revisit discussions about raising council members’ annual salary from the current $200 a year they receive.

“We will discuss it at the next meeting because we cannot do anything until after the next election,” Mayor Marion Glenn told her.

Rhett, the police commissioner, reported the Bowman Police Department “is running smoothly and operating efficiently.”

She said police filed eight reports last month, including four petty larcenies, two domestic disputes and two assists to other agencies.

It was also reported that after an investigation, Bowman police were able to recover items that were stolen from different locations in the town and return them to their owners. The stolen items were recovered at thrift stores in Walterboro, it was reported.

Also at the June 11 meeting, Officer Mario Funseca was introduced as a new officer with the Bowman Police Department. Funseca joins the department after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“ I am here to help any way that I can,” he said.

The Bowman Police Department now has four full-time officers.

In her monthly finance report, Town Clerk Yvonne Lewis noted the ending balances as of May 31 for all of the town’s accounts were as follows: water/sewer department, $26,262.04; general fund, $76,130.81; municipal fund, $5,802.28; and water revenue, $23,133.16.

In his report on the water/sewer department, the mayor said, “The water project is moving along. However, the rain has slowed the efforts. Other than that, there are no major problems.“

Councilman Nathaniel Gaines, streets commissioner, reported, “Everything looks good, and the boys are doing a fantastic job.”

When the time came for his report, Councilman Michael Void, parks and recreation commissioner, said, “It’s hard to make a report because no one tells me anything.”

He did report that one of the basketball goals had been destroyed in the town’s inner park.

“They constantly tear them down. I suggest that we don’t replace the goal until we come up with something to stop it from happening,” Void said.

Also during the meeting:

* It was reported the Community Yard Sale was a great success.

“We will be coming up with something else very soon,” Void said.

* Council noted it is working to turn Bowman into a “smoke free” town.

* The town’s water quality test results were excellent, it was reported.

* Council voted to authorize Elizabeth Murray to create a website for the town.

* Council voted to charge debit/credit card users a usage fee of 1.75 percent plus $1 starting in August.

* Council voted to pay employees the standard mileage rate of 55 cents per mile for all official town business.

Last week’s meeting was rescheduled because of the failure to have a quorum of council members present at the regularly scheduled June 4 meeting.

Bowman Town Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Council will not meet in July.


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