NEESES – Two administrative assistants present at the July Neeses Town Council meeting may not have officially been named as having Orangeburg County Community of Character trait of loyalty, but they have demonstrated that trait.
Sandra Blake was present and loyally served as Orangeburg County Magistrate’s Office’s Western Region administrative assistant for a little over 11 years with about 11 magistrates and recently retired. She also served 18 total years in Orangeburg County and had 30 total years of employment with the county and state.
Sylvia Edwards was also present and has loyally served the Orangeburg County Magistrate’s Office for 21 years and is just starting as the Orangeburg County Magistrate’s Office’s Western Region administrative assistant.
“I admire the Neeses Town Council and mayor,” Blake said. I have enjoyed working up here. The building is immaculate, and they have always been so accommodating here.”
Blake was presented with a signed card from Mayor Kenneth Gleaton, Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton and the council members during the meeting.
Sonja Gleaton said to Blake, “I appreciate everything you have done for the town.”
Edwards lives in Springfield but will work in Neeses and Orangeburg,
“I am from Cameron ... and currently live in Springfield. I have been with the magistrate’s office for 21 years, and it’s a pleasure to be here,” Edwards said.
Mayor Gleaton next gave a report updating council and citizens on the progress on the Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center being constructed in the town.
“We are getting real close for asking for our ‘final’ from the county,” the mayor said.
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“We have to get our handicapped signs for the posts for the handicapped spaces. We also have to get our 911 address.”
Mayor Gleaton said a sign for the building and landscaping is needed, but the town has most appliances for the building’s kitchen, including a refrigerator and microwave. They still need a stove.
“The stage area and all that is complete. In the next few weeks, we are getting our tables and chairs,” he said.
Gleaton said the town still plans to have their grand opening for the building sometime in the fall of this year and that the town clerk wants to give out paper fans with a photo of the building on the front and the program for the grand opening on the back.
Council voted during the meeting to have Mayor Gleaton purchase the furniture on his Sam’s Club card and be reimbursed. The mayor is buying eight round tables, six 6-foot rectangular tables, approximately 80 chairs and couple of chair racks. Gleaton stated that the chairs will be $22 apiece, the round tables will be $100 apiece, and the rectangular tables will be $60 apiece and everything purchased will be between $4,000 to $5,000 total.
The mayor said the town can save on the furniture with the Sam’s Club membership and can also save by picking up the furniture instead of having it delivered.
“It will save us close to $1,000 to pick the furniture up ourselves. I am going with the maintenance guy to pick them up with a truck and trailer. It may take a couple of trips,” he said.
In other business:
• Councilwoman Renee Olenick attended a recent Orangeburg County Council meeting and accepted a 2019 Clean Where You Live Challenge award for the Town of Neeses Adopt-a-Highway group for their clean-up efforts. The town also received about $100 in VISA gift cards with the award. The Neeses Adopt-a-Highway group picked up 1,920 pounds of roadside litter during the recent challenge.
• The Neeses Crime Watch meeting was scheduled to be held July 8 at Neeses Town Hall.
• Filing for the November town election will be held from noon Aug. 1 through noon Aug. 15 at Neeses Town Hall.
• The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.