Activities that took place during Andrews Monthly Town Council meeting on January 16, 2020 ranged from electing a new Mayor Pro Tem to anticipation about bringing speakers from all over the US to the town’s first independently organized, community forum called TEDxAndrews.
Mayor Frank McClary explained the Mayor Pro Tem is elected for a term of not more than two years. During this election, which included one proxy vote from Robert Stamper II, Bradley Prince was elected as the new Mayor Pro Tem. The mayor recognized the hard work Eddie Lee had accomplished during his time as Mayor Pro Tem and that he looked forward to Bradley Prince’s work. Prince said what a great job Eddie Lee has done over the last two years and that he intends to continue that. He also thanked the members for electing him.
The mayor said both Robert Stamper II and Amy Rockney-Flagler served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission and after becoming members of the town council now had the option of nominating someone to replace them on the board. Sam Harsh and Bill Gaskin were nominated and accepted as the new members of the board.
Also, as part of the new business was the first reading of Ordinance Number 2020-01: An Ordinance to amend the FY2019-2020 Town of Andrews Operating Budget. Chaconas Patrice Parson, the town’s clerk and treasurer read the first and second reading of the ordinance which were then approved.
In the town administrator’s report, Mauretta Dorsey said a new customer service clerk started work on Monday. “Her name is Sherri Smith and she comes with several years of customer service experience and we look forward to having her for a long time to come,” Dorsey said.
With regard to the police department, Dorsey said, “the ad for police chief and certified officers will be posted tomorrow (January 17) and the resiliency task force will have its first quarterly meeting of 2020 on January 23 that will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. which is in relation to all floods that have happened since 2015.”
She also said by now everyone should have a town email which will be the source of communication which will help move forward to electronic packages replacing paper ones.
Robert Stamper, Andrews fire chief, said all the equipment was checked during the fire department’s regular monthly fire drill. He said for the year 2019 Andrews Fire Department responded to 401 calls, which averages out to 1.1 calls per day.
Angela Anderson called attention to the Rosemary Middle School which will sponsoring a 5K run and walk on February 8 from 7 to 1 pm. And she also asked everyone to keep Helping Hands in mind.
In the mayor’s report, Mayor McClary said Congressman Tom Rice will be here on the 21 at the library at 2 pm. regarding a task force to look into storm drain systems. The mayor also said on January 25, the Town of Andrews will host TEDx Andrews, an independently organized, community forum called Manifest Destiny.
TEDx Andrews will include speakers from all over the US including Hollywood actor Miles Mussenden and New York Times best-selling author Garret Gunderson as well as local talent such as Robert Ulrich and Sulondia Hammond.
Also, during the meeting, Kenneth Cobb and Company CPA Brenda Jackson said Andrews received real property taxes in Georgetown County of $70,294 during the month of December and the bulk of the tax revenue will be coming in January-February. She also called attention to a couple of highlights such as salaries that are around 50 percent or where we expected them to be and that a large item is for fire hydrants which you paid $94,500 to repair and replace the fire hydrants. “Water and sewer revenues are both around where we expected them to be,” Jackson said.