Andrews tackles property and worker's comp issues

  • Friday, July 27, 2012

Workmen’s compensation rates, properties that turn into a public health or safety hazard and a group of Boy Scouts were some of the highlights of the July Andrews Town Council meeting.
Town Administrator Roland Windham talked about the International Property Management Code which gives the town the authority to mandate properties be cleaned up, if the property becomes a health hazard or public health safety hazard.
Windham gave the example of the dilapidated gas station where the gas tanks are still in the ground and maybe leaking although it appears the gas station tanks were removed. He said the property was condemned two years ago.
Mayor Rodney Giles said, “We still have to figure out how to work together to get this done. Someone needs to report back to Andrews,” he said. “I really think the best part of this is the county is all on the same system.”
Windham also spoke with the South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust, which carries Andrews workmen’s comp, and “because of two workers comp injuries we had in 2010, we can look for our rates to go up almost double.”
Discussions need to take place on how to prevent knee and back injuries as they are the ones that will cost us next year, he said. The town council agreed it needs to talk about what courses can be done in a week or in a month.
“We need to be much more aggressive in our training,” Windham said.
According to Windham, the town will file again for two more lift stations to be rehabbed next year “when we have the million dollar grant, which we did not receive. I really didn’t expect it as there were very few grants given out,” he said.
Johnny Diggers, an attorney who is working with the Town of Andrews, said he’s been looking into the Black River property and it appears the town does have access through the sewer treatment plant over a piece of property the Town of Andrews bought. Windham and Diggers plan to go there and check into access ways.
Susan Chapman, a representative from Senator Lindsey Graham’s office, told council members the Senator’s office would be willing to help them review the grants they are preparing. Patsy Greene told the attendees the Back to School Event will be held on August 11 at noon.
Mayor Giles welcomed a group of Boy Scouts to the council meeting. The Scouts were at the meeting as they will be working on a communications merit badge. They are writing letters to editors and getting into local and national news and they’re learning things that are going on around them.
Town Council members Mattie McGee, Sid Ackerman, David Tisdale, Thomas Alford, Angela Anderson, Patsy Greene and Mayor Giles were in attendance.

By Barbara Gengler
For The Times

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