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EUTAWVILLE – The town clerk was fired by a vote of town council on Aug. 23.

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According to reports by The Santee Striper and Holly Hill Observer, the vote was taken by council after an executive session. The clerk was placed on administrative at a special called meeting of council on Aug. 22.

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During the Aug. 23 meeting, council entered executive session without stating the specific reason for the session, the newspapers reported.

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Upon returning to public session, Mayor Brandon Weatherford said, “So, as most of you probably know at this point, we have put our town clerk on administrative leave. We’re here tonight to make a vote with council making a decision as to whether we are going to terminate her employment. So at this time, so we’ll just go ahead and I’ll ask for a motion at this time that we terminate the employment of our town clerk.”

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Contacted later by phone, Weatherford said, “No, I wish not to comment.”

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• Weatherford proposed giving all town employees a 2 to 3% “cost of living” pay increase in the coming year. Council also discussed the police department budget.

At an Aug. 13, meeting, council voted to approve revisions to the town's Comprehensive Plan, which will guide the town's development for the coming decade or longer. The revisions are the first the town has made in more than a decade and were just "fine tuning" rather than a major overhaul. The biggest change is that the council wants to establish a "historic district."

• On Aug. 22, council approved a motion to spend a $25,000 Parks and Recreation Department grant to purchase and install playground equipment for disabled children at Eutawville Community Park.

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