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NEESES – Construction and interior work on the Neeses Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center is entering the final stages, town council was told at the April meeting.

“By the end of April, we ought to be at 95 percent completion,” Mayor Kenneth Gleaton said, “This is going to be a good month for us getting things done down there.

The wall and ceilings have been painted, and vinyl tile has been installed, he said. The carpet installation was delayed by a day, and the cabinets will be in on April 15.

The septic tank was put in last month, Gleaton said. It is a commercial-sized septic tank because of the size and capacity of the facility, he added.

In other business:

Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton said there is an incentive for volunteers to clean up trash during the town’s litter pickup on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-noon.

“For every one full bag of trash you bring in that you collected, you get a ticket to put in for a door prize,” she said.

Volunteers will also be served a light lunch at noon at town hall.

Mayor Gleaton stated residents can also pick up trash ahead of time.

“We have pickup sticks, vests, gloves, bags and water for volunteers at the town hall,” he said.

• Councilman Jimmy Hoffman said he looked into purchasing spray paint to touch up the bird sculptures that contain recyclables in front of the town hall. When the weather improves, he said he will work on removing the disintegrated recyclables and touching up the sculptures with paint.

The town clerk, mayor, council members and members of the Neeses Crime Watch group have been collecting recyclables to refresh the bird sculptures since late last year.

• Councilwoman Renee Olenick said she attended election training with members of the election commission, where a new law pertaining to elections was discussed.

Mayor Gleaton explained the new law: “If only one person is running, you still have to have an election.”

• The Neeses Crime Watch meeting will take place at 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 8, at town hall, with a potluck menu and a guest speaker from the Narcotics Division of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

• The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at town hall.

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