Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wanda Charping, CPA for the Town of Andrews, told council members April 17, that revenues come in unevenly, and looking at the General Fund Profit & Loss Budget vs. Actual report, “it looks like you’re not doing so well, but you are.”
Charping pointed out that the general fund appears to be over budget, “that’s about the only thing I see out of line.”
“Your fire department appears over budget, mainly supplies and capital outlays,” she said adding the fire department has been underfunded for quite a few years
and needed a lot of new supplies.
“I am personally glad to see these needs are going forward,” she added. “The fire department is really important and those were good additions.”
Muretta Dorsey, town administrator, said there are some posters available for Equal Housing Opportunity. She said since 1968 it’s been illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, religion, color, sex, handicap or national origin.
Dorsey also said forms are available that include a letter and registration form for a scholarship fundraiser golf tournament in the name of Randy Brown, a teenager who lived in Andrews, who was diagnosed with diabetes and unfortunately died in a car accident.
“He wanted to attend Clemson University and his family has sponsored a golf tournament in his honor and for a scholarship fund,” she said. “They are asking an entry fee for the golf tournament of $65 per person. Hole sponsorship is Gold $300, Silver $200 and Bronze $100 per hole.”
Don Parsons, Sessou Christian Martial Arts, talked about an Oct. 18, 2013 letter to the town council, regarding a long term lease on a property owned by the town of Andrews. He said at that time repairs were estimated at $25,000 and “obviously it has gotten worse and not better.”
“I would like to propose instead of a long term lease, I’d like to have the property deeded to us with the stipulation that we will use it for this organization only,” Parsons said. “We will keep the property as long as we are doing business and if the time comes that we are no longer doing business as Sessou Martial Arts, the property will then revert back to the town.”
Parsons asked the council to make and give a decision on this a priority.
Also looking for a decision, Thomas Alford addressed the town council regarding a veteran’s property to lease. Alford said two months ago the Andrews Veterans Association came to the council and “presented a memorandum of understanding for a piece of property we would like to lease for a Andrews Veteran’s Memorial Park and we still think it would be a good thing and a benefit for the town.”
“I haven’t heard from anyone and I understand the wheels of politics turn slow,” Alford said. “I am asking if you don’t mind could you look into it and give us some sort of direction where we can go. Right now we’re at a stand still, we can’t do anything until we get an answer from you.”
In other business, the council:
Noted the first Saturday of May – May 3 – from 9 a.m. to noon, residents will meet at Town Hall to keep the town streets clean.
Approved a First Reading of Ordinance 01-2014 – Andrews Town Council Stipend Ordinance will need to do a reading while Ordinance 03-2014: Per diems for business trips will be adopted.
Heard council member Sudha Patel outlined some of the projects she is working on.
She described creating a business plan which included a scheduled meeting next week in Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s group in the Commerce Department to get the process started.
Patel talked about red ribbon cutting celebrations for all interested new small businesses that opened on Main Street and an update on the Downtown Revitalization Project which basically entails general clean up work and generally includes information gathering and forming a reliable team. The Town
Haul project will clean up the main part of the downtown area.
Patel also talked about a local marketing plan, which she proposed to Council to get an Ordinance or Policy passed. The proposal basically allows the Town of Andrews officials to insert paper marketing materials inside the monthly water bill envelopes for a minimal fee. It is limited to non-political advertisements, announcements, coupons, discounts, sales, promotion, etc.