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NORWAY – North Branch Library manager Sherryl "Tay" Mitchum asked those in attendance at the April Norway Town Council meeting and their family members and others to participate in a program honoring those who served in all branches of the military.

Mitchum said that the program – titled “Sounds of Service: Soldiers, Legends and Heroes” – is designed to preserve the history of servicemen and servicewomen from the region by recording their stories on CD. She said all participants will receive a copy of the CD, and copies will also be placed in Orangeburg County library branches as well as state museums and historical societies. The program will conclude on May 2, but Mitchum asked that all potential participants come in by the end of April.

“We have a tape recorder in the library and ask that each veteran or current service member come to the North Branch Library during our business hours and record their name, rank and branch of service,” Mitchum said.

“They may also record their dates of service and tell a short story about a specific incident that occurred while they were in service. We also encourage those who have letters from now deceased veterans to record the letters on tape. This includes all service time periods, whether or not combat was involved,” she said.

North Branch Library’s hours of operation are Monday from 3 -6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 2-6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Also speaking during public comments, a citizen complained about the water pressure in one area of Norway, stating that she cannot even get enough water pressure to do her laundry or water her animals.

Mayor Ann Johnson said, “I spoke with DPU. Something is going on with our tank.”

“I have had to call somebody from Water Systems Inc. to work on the switch,” she said.

Mayor Johnson said the citizen was not the only person from that area of town to complain about the issue. She said the town will be investigating the water pressure and that somebody will be coming by the citizen’s house to take the meter out to conduct a water pressure test.

In other business:

• Johnson said she is not sure if it is worth it for the town to continue with a debt offset collection program, as only $284.13 was collected of $25,419.78 in debt owed the town by citizens from unpaid bills and unpaid tickets and debt from ticketed speeders.

She said the small amount collected was after two to three weeks of effort by the town clerk. The program requires letters sent from the town and garnishes citizens’ state tax refund checks to pay toward the debt.

Council discussed the matter but no action was taken.

• Johnson also said there is a problem with stray dogs in the town, particularly one that prevented an elderly citizen from getting to her home. Traps were set by Animal Control, she said, but have since been taken up and may need to be placed again.

Johnson said the phone number for Orangeburg County Animal Control is printed on town water bills and asked that town residents to contact that agency if they have problems with stray animals.

• Norway Police Chief Scott Ward of the Norway Police Department said his department hired Anthony Blanchard, a former member of the North Police Department, as a part-time officer.

Blanchard, who also contributes to water reports, said the town will work on repairing a particular leak after the back-hoe is repaired

• Council entered closed, executive session to discuss a personnel issue. No action was taken.

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