BOWMAN — The Bowman Police Department recently took possession of a 2004 Ford Expedition and other equipment that was donated by the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Police Chief Kevin Pendarvis reported at the April Bowman Town Council meeting.

”The vehicle has been equipped and put in service,” Pendarvis reported.

He said the police department is currently in the process of getting quotes to replace the in-car video system in the vehicle that was damaged by water.

Councilwoman Patsy Rhett, police commissioner, gave the police report for March, noting the department filed five reports. Bowman police assisted one agency last month, handled two disorderly conduct calls, one domestic dispute and a larceny, Rhett reported.

Councilman H. David Stack, water and sewer commissioner, reported the only major issue in March was that a water main line broke as a result of work that was being done on the broadband project.

“All the necessary tests have been completed, and everything is working fine,” Stack noted.

Councilman Nathaniel Gaines, streets, parks and recreation commissioner, reported that Morgan Judy, Orangeburg County Clemson Extension agent, will instruct town employees on how to properly prune the trees on main street.

Gaines also noted the town is in the process of making some improvements to its Nature Park.

“We received a $5,000 grant from PRT (S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department). It was a 80/20 match (with the town paying 20 percent),” he said. “We will be purchasing some tables, ceiling fans and some hand blowers to help us to ‘go green.’”

In other business, Town Clerk Yvonne Lewis presented the March financial report, noting the ending balances as of March 31 for all of the town’s accounts were as follows: water/sewer department, $46,568.88; general fund, $111,821.39; municipal fund, $8,528.63; and water revenue, $21,133.16

Also during the meeting:

* Mayor Marion Glenn reported the town was able to purchase some much-needed equipment as a result of the penny sales tax.

* Council authorized the clerk to advertise some of the town’s old equipment that it no longer needs.

* It was reported that all the necessary procedures had been put into place to ensure compliance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations.

Bowman Town Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, May 7.

Contact the writer: rtevents55@yahoo.com or 803-664-7042.

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