NORWAY – The Town of Norway is in need of some new water infrastructure and some new police officers as well, according to statements made during Norway Town Council’s August meeting.
Police Chief Scott Ward, who reports on the water system in town, said, “We have had some major problems with the lift stations. The lift station in Carnation Court got hit by lightning. The one on Bragg Street has to be built from the ground up.”
Mayor Ann Johnson said the latter is one of the lift stations with two pumps.
Councilman Gregg Covington said that the town needs to advertise for new officers for weekend shifts and more.
“Most of these crimes happen on the weekend,” he said. “We need a police presence in Norway.”
Ward said, “I have been posting (for new officers). I have been doing it on the Municipal Association site and on social media.”
Ward asked if he could start advertising for new officers in local media outlets. Council seemed to be in agreement with this. Ward then said he would post an ad for additional officers for the town.
Johnson also brought up enforcement of a fireworks ordinance.
“There is an ordinance that requires a permit to shoot fireworks within the town limits of Norway,” Johnson said.
Covington said, “If you have everything there, water, etc. and as long as it’s safe, the town can issue the permit.”
Johnson stated that they need to come up with a form for the citizens to get a written permit.
Citizens in the town limits will have to get the permit 10 days ahead of setting off fireworks.
Councilwoman Bonnie Fogle also stated that people need to get a permit for fireworks they are setting off after 10 p.m. because of a noise ordinance.
She said, “Put a note in the water bill saying, ‘Look for information on use of fireworks in the town limits of Norway.’“
Fogle and Johnson agreed that the fireworks and noise ordinances will be posted at the town hall.
In other business:
• Johnson said that more than 40 people showed up for clothing items, linens, shoes, and more during the recent reopening of Helping Hands in two classrooms at the Old Willow School. The next opening of Helping Hands will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8-10 a.m. Helping Hands will be open every first Saturday of each month.
• Johnson said the town is trying to get the tennis courts refurbished. TEAM Norway, a collaboration between South Carolina TennisRo Hall of Famer Domino Boulware -- known to many as "Coach Domino" -- and local resident Fease Hart and others has been bringing tennis to Norway for some time now. Johnson said that Boulware has been coming from Columbia to Norway to teach tennis. The group holds family tennis nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on different Saturdays. Specific Saturdays when this will be happening will be posted or information will be available at Norway Town Hall. Johnson said that if the activity continues, the town might be able to get a grant from the Tennis Association to refurbish the courts.
• During public comments, resident Toni Hydrick said that the Thomas Circle Family of Friends, a group of 55 individuals, visited the Norway Museum on Saturday, Aug. 3. They came from South Carolina, North Carolina Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, New York, Georgia, California, Washington, D.C., and Panama.
Hydrick said, “The tour group enjoyed going through the museum and looking at the items in there.”
• A decision on a franchise agreement with Aiken Electric Cooperative and Dominion Energy was tabled until the September meeting. A tentative first reading of a separate franchise agreement with only Dominion Energy will be held in October, with a tentative second reading slated for November.