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NEESES – The Neeses Adopt-a-Highway group’s recent Orangeburg County cleanup contribution was substantial, with 1,920 pounds of roadside litter picked up and disposed of by the group, according to Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton during the May town council meeting.

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She said 27 volunteers cleaned up 128 bags of garbage at about 15 pounds per bag from four miles of highways and roads in the town. The group will have another couple of trash pickups this year, she said.

“I don’t think we fudged a bit on our pounds,” she said.

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In the past few years, the town has had a problem with a serial litterer who even litters used toilet paper. There has been a particular problem with people throwing litter on the well-used Savannah Highway, Neeses Highway and side roads.

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The Neeses Adopt-a-Highway group, to beautify the town in the face of this littering, does many litter pickups each year. The group has won multiple awards through the years for its efforts in keeping the highways and roads of Neeses clean, including being awarded 2017 Adopt-A-Highway County Group of the Year in the Calhoun County district by Palmetto Pride and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Mayor Kenneth Gleaton next reported on the Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center, which may be finished as far as construction before the fall but will not have all furnishings until then.

“We will have a ribbon cutting in early fall when we get the furnishings in for the building,” Mayor Gleaton said.

He said construction is nearly complete and he and council members will be looking at different tile patterns soon. Much of the exterior work has been done, and a layer of asphalt has been laid down at the site.

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“The kitchen cabinet tops just came in this week. The cabinets should be finished by Friday. We still have a week and a half of plumbing work left,” Mayor Gleaton said. “They are also working on getting the floor stripped and waxed.”

In other business:

• Councilman Jimmy Hoffman said he has the materials ready to repaint the bird sculptures in front of Neeses Town Hall but just needs older photographs to help with getting the colors exactly right. Sonja Gleaton said she would work to find him some photographs.

• Mayor Gleaton asked that council consider giving approval to an intergovernmental agreement with Lower Savannah Council of Governments for administration of low-income housing. A LSCOG resolution and addendum to the Home Consortium Agreement were both approved by council.

• The monthly Neeses Crime Watch meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Neeses Town Hall. A potluck dinner is planned but with no guest speaker at present.

• Council went into executive session to discuss penny sales tax projects but made no motions or decisions upon return to open session.

• The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

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