The Batesburg-Leesville High School Panther Band was recognized by the B-L Town Council and Mayor Rita Crapps during the regular monthly meeting Monday, January 12. Crapps read a proclamation declaring that the students represented B-L on foreign soil in a remarkable manner. The band was one of only 16 bands selected from the United States to participate in the 2015 Lon- don New Year’s Day Parade. The parade was attended by an estimated 800,000 and viewed by 3 million people worldwide. Crapps said the students were the best ambassadors B-L could ever ask for. She present- ed the proclamation to band director Dustin King and assistant director Cissy Terlizzi.
A public hearing was held prior to council session concerning the authorization to issue a general fund obligation bond up to $350,000 for the purchase of a new town hall facility. No one spoke during the hearing.
In other business:
-District Five Councilman Bob Penick gave a brief report on the Joint Municipal Water/Sewer Commis- sion.
-District Four Councilman Charles Simpkins reported on the Economic Development Council meeting.
-B-L Police Chief Wallace Oswald presented an in depth report on the end of the year crime statistics which showed a decrease in crime reports filed for the last four years.
-Council gave second reading approval to the issuance of a general obligation bond for up to $350,000 to purchase a new town hall facility.
-Council gave first reading approval to the amendment of the fireworks ordinance. This allows for fireworks to be fired from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4th and from 10 a.m. on December 31 to 1 a.m. on January 1st. Those wishing to utilize fireworks on other holidays may ask for a permit from the town manager and police chief.
-Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said work to begin repainting the Grant St. water tank will begin next week and should be completed in April. He also stated a workshop should be held later this month concerning the MuniCode codification.
-SCE&G met with Luckadoo and gave him a map concerning the trimming of trees along the utility lines in town.
Brian Matthews, a student at BLHS, who is interested in becoming a town manager, was introduced to council. He will be working at the town hall Monday through Friday for one hour from now until the end of May.
– Hardee Horne with Advance Sanitation Services spoke to council concerning several issues B-L citizens have with the service and how he plans to deal with them.
-Bill Shanahan, owner of the Blowfish Baseball Club, spoke to council concerning the proposed new $3mil- lion baseball stadium to be built in Lexington County.
-Town employees of the year were recognized. Pictures and information were in this publication in December.
Following executive session council:
-Accepted a new contract with Ridge Spring concerning the purchase of water from B-L.
-Instructed the town manager to enter into a financial advisory agreement with Stifel, Nicholas and Co., Inc.
The next regular council session will be held 7 p.m., February 9 in the courtroom of the Public Safety Complex. The public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend.
District Three and District Eight councilmen Steve Cain and Frank Fox, respectively, were absent.
BY ANNA LONG