Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Sid Ackerman and Thomas Alford are giving up their Andrews town councils seats while Eddie Lee and Sudha Patel are gearing up to join the council in January. David Tisdale will keep his seat on the council.
Mayor Rodney Giles presented an award for their service to the two council members, Alford and Ackerman. The Mayor said he hopes both members don’t stop their service and that they come back. “We appreciate your work,” he said.
Ackerman said it’s been a real honor and privilege and he appreciates the time. “It’s been a good term and we got a lot accomplished,” he said. “I look forward to watching you in the future. Don’t stop just keep going and do the best for the town.”
Alford said he has enjoyed his years here of serving. “I know we got things done and there’s still more to do,” he said. “I won’t be out of the loop, my interest has always been the town of Andrews. I’ve enjoyed serving on the council but I haven’t stopped working for the town.”
The Mayor and Andrews Town Administrator Muretta Dorsey presented a trophy for first place in the Andrews Christmas Parade to the Rosemary Middle School and a trophy for second place in the Christmas parade to Thomas Chapel AME Church.
Also in attendance at the meeting was Nanci Conley, American Red Cross, who discussed some of the services in Andrews. Conley said Mattie McGee could probably do this better “because she is the Red Cross in the town of Andrews.”
Conley explained since July 1, which is the beginning of the fiscal year at the American Red Cross, until December 11, (less than six months,) “we have already worked with 37 people from Andrews who have suffered a home fire.”
Last year Andrews had the most fires and cost the most amount of money to get the families back on their feet than anywhere else in Georgetown County, she said, adding the focus should be on the importance of educating families and particularly children on prevention.
“We need volunteers in helping people come to the Red Cross so we can teach them
how to respond,” she said. “We offer free training here in Andrews. To prevent those fires, unplug Christmas tree lights when you go to bed and put candles out and everyone should have a fire extinguisher, you need it and you need to know how to use it.”
A Christmas Dinner, the 25th Annual Red Cross Christmas dinner, and the largest Christmas dinner in the state of South Carolina, will provide 6,000 meals. Everyone is welcome to the meal at Trinity United Methodist Church in Andrews on December 24.
Ben McGill reminded attendees of the events being planned for the Martin Luther King weekend in January. He said on the 18th there will be a black tie event banquet, the 19th a church program with the location to be announced and on the 20th there will be a march in Andrews.
Clarence Commander, Carolina Welding Training Institute, said he started a welding training program in Andrews located on S. Morgan Avenue.
“We will start the first training program on January 6,” he said. “This program includes supportive services and job preparedness.”
According to Commander, they are a state-licensed organization and “not just teaching a welding program we are doing things that will make our school a lot better.”
Commander said it is a 16-week program, 192 hours of training, with 22 in a class.
“I’d like to request the town council purchase one welding machine at a cost of about $550. We are asking for your support,” he said.
Wanda Charping, CPA: Accountant for the Town of Andrews, told the council members with regard to the general fund information, everything seems to be going the way it should be going while Muretta Dorsey, Town of Andrews Administrator, thanked Public Works for their dedication with the Christmas Tree lighting and parade.
Dorsey also pointed out the Red Cross training for the volunteer position will be held on January 25 at 1 p.m. in Andrews.
Mattie McGee said she was contacted about $100,000 that was appropriated for the poor and the needy. Through her church they saw 100 people some of which got assistance to pay their light bills and their gas bill for three months.
The Public Works Department said about 75% of all debris has been picked up while Rob Stamper of the Andrews Fire Department wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. He said they expect to hear about test scores the fire fighters took in January.
Police Chief Joseph Cooper said the officers on the street were without sufficient body armor and the Mayor and town authorized the purchase of the body armor he brought with him to the meeting.
“It’s awesome, pass it along,” he said.
Cooper also said the police department is expecting three new SUVs for patrol vehicles and hopefully they will be rolling in within the next few weeks.
Mayor Giles, Patsy Greene, Angela Anderson, David Tisdale, Sid Ackerman, Thomas Alford and Mattie McGee were in attendance.