NEESES – Neeses Town Council approved the low bid of approximately $12,500 for five new town signs during their October meeting.
Brandrite Sign Company of Orangeburg gave the bid. Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton said the funds for the signs are coming from the town’s Orangeburg County penny sales tax proceeds.
After a brief closed executive session at the end of the meeting, council approved the hiring of a part-time assistant to work in the clerk's office approximately 20 hours per week, starting this month. Details are being finalized, and the potential employee is having to give two weeks’ notice to her current employer, so her name is not being disclosed at present.
Sonja Gleaton stated after the meeting, “She will be introduced at the November council meeting if all works out.”
Mayor Kenneth Gleaton discussed another ongoing penny sales tax project, the Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center, and an addition being made to the landscaping.
“We decided on doing a memorial bell tower in the landscaping project … with a bell from a retired fire truck,” he said.
"The memorial bell tower will pay tribute to the town's deceased veterans and deceased firefighters. The memorial monument will offer town council the opportunity to hold special observances in the future," he said.
Mayor Gleaton said that one side of the bell tower will list the names of deceased firemen and the other side will list the names of deceased veterans.
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He said that the town is getting closer every week to finishing the senior center.
“All of our exercise equipment is in. We have to get our rules and regulations together for the fitness center,” he said.
Mayor Gleaton also discussed the projected millage rate for the town for this year and stated that it will stay at 33 mills.
In other business:
• Council gave second reading approval of franchise agreements for Dominion Energy and Aiken Electric Cooperative respectively.
• Sonja Gleaton said that for the Orangeburg County Fall Challenge Clean Where You Live and Work Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 21, that 20 volunteers from the Neeses Adopt-a-Highway group collected 78 full bags of trash along four miles of local highways and roads for a total of 1,170 pounds of trash collected.
· Mayor Gleaton reminded everyone that Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and that voting will be held at the Livingston Municipal Complex. The town council will still be held that same evening at 7:30 p.m. at Neeses Town Hall.
· Sonja Gleaton said the Community Health Fair will have additions of tables for a bake sale and yard sale to help with funds for the senior center. Council has also asked a local food vendor to attend. The Community Health Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon at Neeses Town Hall. The Regional Medical Center will give free health screenings, such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Other health-related vendors will be present also. There is no admission charge and attendees will receive "goodie bags."
• Gleaton stated that town business licenses expired as of Monday, Sept. 30, that the town is close to having 90 percent of renewals in and that this is the last call for renewing licenses.
• The Neeses Crime Watch meeting was held Monday, Oct. 14, at 6:15 p.m. at Neeses Town Hall, with potluck on the menu and a speaker on fire prevention.