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Andrews residents troubled over garbage pickup schedules

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Updated Friday, December 6, 2013 10:43 pm

Andrews garbage pickup schedules and debris that has not been picked up, Andrews Christmas Tree Lighting and the American Red Cross Christmas Dinner were among the issues brought about during the November Andrews Town Council Meeting.

Muretta Dorsey, Andrews Town Administrator, said pick up is now two days, Mondays on the North Side and Tuesdays on the South Side. She said this is just temporary to address some overlying issues, like yard debris and lack of manpower.

“The town intends on hiring after the first of the year because of some dangerous health issues and risks,” she said. “We are currently trying to address some overlying issues to get caught up, so we don’t have to continue the schedule for long.”

Dorsey explained the municipality has the authority to collect garbage and waste at such times and intervals as deemed necessary for the health and sanitation of the community.

“This was a bad communication issue,” Dorsey said.

Bill Gaskins talked about the American Red Cross 25th Annual Red Cross Christmas Dinner which will be held on December 24. “We’ve been very appreciative of your support with our Christmas dinner,” he said. It will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church between 12-2 p.m .

Gaskins asked for support again and said he’d love to see everyone get involved.

Ben McGill said the Martin Luther King Ceremony is in its final stages.

“January 18 there will be an Annual Banquet; January 19 will host the Association of Churches with the location to be determined and on January 20 we will sponsor a march in Andrews,” he said.

William Rose, IET Consulting, said the reason for his being at the meeting was to talk about the water and sewer system and the town’s staffing and debris.

“I’ve been here for two months, three days a week,” he said. “We’re talking about setting up an ordinance for some locations for people to drop off their debris. We have the property to do it and it will also keep our manpower needs down by not having to go all over the town. We’ll be drafting that up.”

Rose also said they are putting a plan together for the wastewater treatment plant. “We have made some progress as we’ve already moved the chemicals in one location,” he said.

In the Administrator’s report, Dorsey repeated the town is trying to address the issues that were part of the garbage schedule change and asks the residents “to bear with us.”

“We have issues that go back six months and the guys are tied up with other cases,” she said, “We have a plan of action.”

According to Dorsey, the new server system is completely installed and functioning properly. “The system is totally secure with no breaches to be concerned about,” she said.

Dorsey said the Andrews Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the Christmas Parade will take place Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

She also said a resolution passed for additional designation of funds for police cars.

Mayor Rodney Giles presented a check to Love & Faith Fitness Center’s Hannah & Derrick Cumbee for their hard work. The check was part of a grant fund from Sen. J. Yancey McGill and Rep. Carl Anderson and the town council that also included the Boy Scouts and Sessou Christian Martial Arts.

Hannah Cumbee thanked the council for their help and support.

Thomas Alford thanked everyone for their help with the Andrews Veteran’s Day parade program and said it was a great parade with great speakers.

Police Chief Joseph Cooper thanked the Town Council for the police car funding program.

He talked about the number of burglaries in town and having made arrests on some and recovered some of the stolen property.

“We are not pushing buttons and blowing smoke, we are actually doing some stuff in Andrews that you will see a big turn around,” Cooper said. “We spoke about someone that shot at two of my officers in August and fled on foot. Yesterday we were able to locate that subject, with the help of the US Marshall’s Office out of Florence and Columbia and the Chester Police Department and we stood firm with the evidence information we had and we trusted the system.”

Cooper said the police department has arrested six individuals for crack cocaine and marijuana and the police department has purchased three SUVs and are looking at some other vehicles.

“Law enforcement in Andrews has changed,” he said.

Town Council members in attendance included David Tisdale, Sid Ackerman, Mattie McGee, Thomas Alford, Angela Anderson and Patsy Greene.

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