NEESES – The town of Neeses has already decorated for the holidays, but some decorating of a different kind will be done soon when officials refresh the Palmetto Pride bird sculptures in front of Neeses Town Hall with new "trash."
The bird sculptures, which were presented to the town by Palmetto Pride, have large torsos that can be stuffed with different kinds of colored trash, serving as visual symbols of recycling.
Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton has said people driving down from New Jersey or up from Florida on U.S. 321 have stopped to ask her about the unique sculptures.
“The bird sculptures need refreshing. They need new trash,” Mrs. Gleaton said at December's Neeses Town Council meeting. The older trash that was recycled into the sculpture has been fading and breaking apart, she said.
Council members Jimmy Hoffman and Sandra Griffith offered to help spruce up the sculptures.
The clerk said the Neeses Crime Watch will meet this Monday, Dec. 10, and she will have a list of items to recycle into the sculptures.
The meeting will also serve as the town’s Christmas party, and citizens who participate in the Neeses Crime Watch are asked to bring Christmas finger foods and desserts to the meeting, which will start at 6:15 p.m. at the town hall.
In other business, Mayor Kenneth Gleaton reported everything is still moving along fairly well with construction of the Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center.
“We had our inspection on the rough end of the electrical and plumbing work. Everything is good to go,” he said.
The next step will be to put in the ceiling and sheet rock, Gleaton said.
Hoffman asked about continued funding for the center.
The mayor said the town is currently in discussion with Orangeburg County Councilman Heyward Livingston about the release of the 1 percent sales tax money. Officials hope to have the funds by the end of the year, he said.
Also during the meeting:
- Council approved its 2019 meeting schedule, voting to continue meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at town hall, except for Tuesday, Jan. 1, which is the federal New Year’s Day holiday. That meeting will be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 8, it was noted.
- The clerk reported the carpet will be cleaned and the tile will be stripped and buffed in Neeses Town Hall on Dec. 20-21.