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DENMARK – The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Bamberg-Barnwell Emergency Medical Center will be held at 11 a.m. April 1, Denmark City Council was told at the February meeting.

“The city played an integral role in the construction,” Mayor Gerald Wright said. “We were permitted to provide the water service and sewer service for the center.

“You can see what I will call the pictorial progress of the emergency center. It is parallel to what we are doing at the new city hall,” he said.

In other business:

• At the request of City Administrator Heyward Robinson, council voted to name Reba Lofton of the Dogwood Festival Committee and Councilwoman Bervay Carter as signatories for the festival committee.

Also at Robinson’s request, council voted to reappoint Municipal Judge James A. Spellman when his four-year term ends March 31.

• Charles Shugart, director of public works said the total water treated and delivered to the Denmark distribution system for the month was 12,670,000 gallons. The department repaired six water leaks, he said, and discharge monitor reports were sent out toward the end of January in compliance with federal regulations.

He reported that one of the department’s solid waste trucks, a 2002 Freightlighter, is out of commission.

“It is in need of repairs to both the engine and hydraulics. We are in the process of making appointments with Amick Equipment Company of Lexington for the hydraulics issues, and either Blanchard Equipment Company or someone local for the engine issues,” he said.

“During the time the Freightliner is out of service, we will have to rely on the 1991 Ford. We would like to buy a dump trailer for the large debris fields and ‘when needed’ trash service,” he said.

Shugert noted that Public Works’ employee Travis Clark has received certification for water distribution.

• Councilman Calvin Odom discussed future plans for the recreation department.

“We will be proposing for and asking for funds to improve our parks,” he said.

• Carter said council members will soon be busy because the emergency center ribbon cutting will be close to the dates of the Dogwood Festival, which will be held April 5-6, and the ribbon cutting for the city hall will be coming up some time after that.

• Councilwoman Hope Long Weldon recognized the many public works projects that are going on and mentioned that the library committee, which she is a part of, is purchasing more books for the library.

• Police Chief Leroy Grimes noted 49 new cases in his report, including simple assault, burglary, robbery, vandalism of property, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, a weapon law violation, shoplifting, suspicious fire, giving false information to police, resisting arrest, driving under suspension, traffic collision and more. He said that municipal court will be held at 10 a.m. March 13 at the Booker Center and domestic violence court is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m. March 21 at the Bamberg County Courthouse.

• In the absence of Fire Chief Charles Breland, Robinson reported that there were 14 total calls for the Denmark Fire Department.

• Council voted to enter closed, executive session to discuss a legal matter. No action was taken after returning to open session.

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