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NEESES – The town of Neeses is gearing up for its Nov. 7 municipal election. The mayor's seat and four town council seats are at stake.

Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton gave a rundown of the candidates at Neeses Town Council's September meeting. Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth Gleaton is running unopposed for mayor, while current Mayor Joe Corbett is seeking one of the council seats, she said. Seeking re-election to council are incumbent Council members Wanda Ammons and Renee Olenick and challengers James "Jimmy" Hoffman, a former mayor, and newcomer Sandra D. Griffith. Councilman Joel Turner did not seek re-election. 

Also during the meeting, the clerk announced business licenses will expire Sept. 30, noting that applications for the licenses had been mailed. Business licenses must be posted by Oct. 1, and they will be good through Sept. 30, 2018, she said.

In addition, Mrs. Gleaton reported the town will participate in the Keep Orangeburg County Beautiful Litter Challenge Sept. 16-30.

A special meal will not be prepared for the Neeses Adopt-a-Highway volunteers for this event, she said. Bags, gloves and vests will be available the week of Sept. 25 at Neeses Town Hall, with litter pick-up occurring throughout that week. Litter drop-off will be from 11-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

In other business, Councilman Kenneth Gleaton, Neeses recreation director, reported that the town had put down all of the sod donated by Turf Connections for the baseball field and that the Neeses Fire Department had wet the sod down twice. The turf looks very good, and the town is grateful for the donation.

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Corbett thanked Gleaton and others for making this possible.

In other business:

  • The mayor said he will meet with South Carolina Department of Transportation personnel about work on local roads that had been put off and needed to be done.
  • The Neeses Crime Watch group, due to the anticipated inclement weather, has rescheduled its meeting for 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at the town hall. A potluck dinner will be served, followed by a presentation of a character education film by Councilwoman Renee Olenick.
  • Al Jenkins, regional director for the Office of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, met with the council in executive session. was welcomed by Mayor Joe Corbett to stay during executive session. Jenkins did not make any public comments, but looked over plans for the new Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center. In executive session, council discussed penny sales tax projects. No action was taken when council returned to public session.

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