NORWAY – Norway Town Council approved the first reading of the town's fiscal year 2019 budget Monday night, earmarking $219,350 for municipal operating expenses and $226,400 for water and sewer operating expenses.
Mayor Ann Johnson, in response to a question from a citizen, said the $34,000 listed in the proposed spending plan for audit expenses was incurred because of the loss of past computer records by previous administrators, noting this complicated the audit.
Later in the meeting, Johnson said the town had to put in a new heating unit at the Norway Town Hall at a cost of $4,800 because the old one was not working properly.
During the discussion, Toni Hydrick of the Norway Beautification Committee asked the council to consider amending the proposed 2019 budget to include $500 for event expenses. Council approved her request.
Also during the meeting, the mayor reported that when she met with American Engineering Consultants Inc., a number of options were considered regarding water lines on Maple Street. A solution is currently being discussed, she said.
Johnson also reported that the town's water department is in compliance with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control requirements.
Councilman Gregg Covington reported the town's old fire station is going to be converted into a recreation facility for youth. Johnson added that Orangeburg County Councilman Heyward Livingston has obtained recreation funds for Norway for that purpose. The amount of the funding has not yet been disclosed, the mayor said later when asked about it.
In other business, Police Chief Scott Ward reported officers made only a couple of arrests in the past month and there were no robberies.
Council also discussed litter in the town due, in part, to overfilled public trash cans in the downtown area and people throwing trash on the ground when leaving nearby stores as a result.
“There are three public trashcans which get over filled,” Ward said.
He and Johnson both said they have seen people cleaning out their vehicles at the public trashcans and filling them beyond capacity.
Ward suggested moving the trashcans.
The mayor said she has asked that the public trashcans get emptied every Friday morning.
“I will be keeping an eye out,” the police chief said.
Ward added that town officials might discuss penalties with the court system, including having violators of the littering ordinance do trash pickups in Norway.
Also during the meeting:
- Johnson recognized LaStrand Steadman, who was not in attendance, for his work cleaning up the Norway Park. She said Steadman usually cleans up the park after the kids shoot basketball and put their trash in the cans there.
- The mayor announced Marion Whetstone was hired as a new office assistant at Norway Town Hall.
- Ward announced the hired of a new police officer, Chris Sandifer, who has 15 years of law enforcement experience as an officer with the Bamberg Police Department.