SPRINGFIELD — Plans are being finalized for the 2013 Springfield Frog Jump and Egg Striking Contest, which is scheduled for the last weekend in March, it was reported at the Jan. 28 Springfield Town Council meeting.
Anyone interested in volunteering on the Frog Jump Committee is asked to contact Springfield Town Hall.
The 2013 event will mark the 47th Annual Frog Jump and Egg Striking.
The Miss Frog Jump Pageant will be held on Sunday, March 24 at the Springfield High School Auditorium, it was noted. Young women up to age 19 are eligible to compete. The registration fee is $35, and registration will end on March 15.
For more information or to register, individuals may pick up an application from Springfield Town Hall; online at www.gownarama.com or by calling Celeste Smith, 803-707-9106 or Amy Kittrell, 803-837-0292.
Also during the meeting, Town Clerk Susie Dyches presented the December financial statement. She said the beginning balance for the general fund was $322.16 and the closing balance was $233.96 while the water/sewer fund opened at $5,340.78 and ended at $1,034.96. The municipal fund opened at $2,790.33 and closed at $1,898.34, Dyches said.
The Frog Jump account showed a beginning balance of $8,591.49 and a closing balance of $8,599.86, she reported. The savings/park fund balance started at $2,509.41 and ended at $1,608.34 with $901.70 being allotted to savings and $1,608.34 allotted to the park. The Victims’ Rights fund opened at $34,423.20 and closed at $34,424.66 while the grants and donations account increased from $870.58 to $1,744.75. The one-cent sales tax fund remained at $272.87, the clerk reported.
In other business, Mayor Marilyn McCormick recognized special guest Matthew Shultz, a member of Denmark Boy Scout Troop 77. Shultz updated the council on his Eagle Scout Project of placing reflective highway markers on Springfield roadways for better visibility. Matthew is the son of David and Jackie Shultz.
McCormick thanked him for his service project, noting the reflective markers will make it easier for citizens and emergency personnel to see the roads.
Also during the Jan. 28 meeting:
* McCormick wished everyone a Happy New Year and asked for prayers for the bereaved families of David Rose, Eddie Thomas, Levi Bell, Blondie Livingston and Ed Bennett. She also asked that those suffering various illnesses be remembered, including Joy Wilson, Marianne and Thurmond Davis, Minnie Grant, Lynn Cooper and senior citizens Marianne Inabinet and Hattie Wood.
* The mayor reported a materials list had been prepared for the renovation and repair of the Town Platform and rental properties. McCormick said she hoped the repairs could be completed in time for the Frog Jump.
* McCormick asked that anyone noticing a malfunctioning streetlight notify the town clerk. “Please copy the number located on the pole and let Mrs. Dyches know as soon as possible,” the mayor said.
* McCormick noted that the SCE&G tree trimming was continuing successfully.
* It was reported that due to the cold weather, the town’s January “Sale on the Trail” yard sale had not been very successful. McCormick asked that any group planning such an activity notify Town Hall so the event can be advertised on the town’s website and sign.
* The mayor reported that approximately half of the town ordinance revisions had been completed. She said all of the revisions should be completed by June or July.
* McCormick asked that anyone interested in serving on the Springfield Municipal Election Commission contact Town Hall as soon as possible because the commission needs to be completely staffed by March.
* Capt. Robert White of the Springfield Police Department presented the year-end police report. “There were 556 traffic citations during 2012 with 17 written for speeding in excess of 25 mph, four for reckless driving and seven for DUS,” White said. “There were 37 reported incidences, including a rape, an assault and an aggravated assault.”
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