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Special Called City Council Meeting Minutes March 20, 2014

8:00 a.m. Council Chambers of City Hall
205 N. 1st Street, Easley, SC 29640

Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. All members were present except for Councilman Garrison. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

Resolution No. 2014-04: To enter into an agreement with Churchich Recreation and Design to acquire, deliver, and install a shade system for the five-field area of the J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex for an amount of $63,000. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Dykes. There was a brief discuss about the type of shade system it is and where it will go. Councilman Mann called for the question and the motion passed 5-0, Councilman Garrison was absent and Ward 4 is vacant.

Councilman Mann made the motion to adjourn with a second from Councilman Robinson.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 a.m.

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Council Meeting Minutes – March 10, 2014

The Easley City Council met on March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present. Ward 4 is still vacant. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.
Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Council met in executive session to discuss a contractual matter, no action was taken.
Brandon McMahan, Youth Pastor at Brushy Creek Baptist Church gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There was one correction to the minutes. Councilman Robinson abstained from the vote on Ordinances No. 2014-01 due to a conflict of interest with his law firm. The ordinance passed 4-0 instead of 5-0. The minutes were approved as corrected.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:
Ward 1: No report
Ward 2: No report
Ward 3: The Class and Comp committee met, they are still reviewing several options. No decisions have been made yet. The Dream Center tour was great, they are doing a great job over there. Councilman Mann received a comment from a customer about how great our recreation complex was. He has visited during a recent baseball tournament.
Ward 4: Seat Vacant
Ward 5: No report, invited council to participate in the Family Unity Parade that will be April 12th.
Ward 6: Election is April 1st, encouraged voters to get out and vote.

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report. The Wounded Warriors are coming back on June 23rd around 1:15. They will be at the Recreation Complex until approximately 2:30 then parade down 123 from Rock Springs Baptist church. Mr. Simons spoke with Fox 21 today about Oak Creek S/D. We are working really hard to get this done as quickly as possible. We are in the process of securing permanent easements, we need 20 of them, not all property owners have signed and we can’t go to bid until they do. There has been some turn over in the engineering firm and that has caused some delays.

Citizens wishing to address council: Vicky with the Starving Artist Café. She is looking to purchase the property that her restaurant is in and has a few questions. Does downtown have any type of certification stating that it is “historic downtown”? The Mayor commented that we did not that was just for marketing. Has the start and end points for the Doodleline been established? Mayor Bagwell commented that right not the drop off is at Fleetwood Dr, however he wants it to come into downtown at some point and tie into the Brushy Creek Greenway. At this point there is no timeline for this. Are there any grants in the works to refurbish any buildings downtown? Fox commented that we already have one and she needs to call Brittany Gamble at City Hall for that information. There is a dead space in front of her building that would be perfect for a bike rack has a decision been made on where to put one? Tommy Holcombe commented that we have two racks and he is in the process of deciding where to put them. She also commented about the upcoming Spring Fling with the Fine Arts Council and the Farmers Market.

Presentations: None

Second reading of Ordinances:
Ordinance No. 2014-02: To convey a right-of-way to Town ‘N Country Realty of Easley, Inc. For the purpose of relinquishing any and all interest or obligation as to said right-of-way which was previously conveyed to the City of Easley for purposes of picking up and policing trash at Town ‘N Country shopping center. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Dykes. Councilman Garrison called for the question and the motion passed 6-0.

Ordinance No. 2014-03: To quitclaim any and all interest held by the City of Easley in a right-of-way previously conveyed to the City of Easley by Town ‘N Country Realty, Inc. To Out Parcel Holdings, LLC, located on the property to be owned by said corporation at the current Zaxby’s location. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison, Councilman Garrison called for the question and the motion passed 6-0.

First Reading of Ordinances:
Ordinance No. 2014-04: To annex certain pieces, parcels or lots of land lying situate and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Pickens, being shown and designated as tax map number 5038-19-51-8957 and lying on the southwest side of Crestview road and to provide a zoning designation of residential-7.5. Councilman Garrison made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Robinson. Tommy Holcombe explained the ordinance and that he had approval from the zoning board. He stated this would be similar to Hamilton Park S/D. Councilman Garrison called for the question and the motion passed 6-0.

Ordinance No. 2014-05: To annex certain pieces, parcels or lots of land lying situate and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Pickens, being shown and designated as tax map number 5029-05-19-8156 and lying on the northeast side of Glenwood road and to provide a zoning designation of residential-10. Councilman Mann made a motion to bring to the floor for discussion with a second from Councilman Garrison. Tommy Holcombe explained the ordinance and stated the zoning board had approved. Councilman Robinson abstained from the vote because he was the Executor to the Estate of Sarah Meece. The property is going to auction in April and the adjoining parcel has already been annexed into the city, that is the reason for this request. Councilman Mann called for the question the motion passed 5-0 with Councilman Robinson abstaining.

Ordinance No. 2014-06: To re-zone approximately 0.33 acres of real property located at 103 East Second Avenue from residential-7.5 to core commercial (tax map number 5019-16-93-3031) Councilman Wright made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Mann. The Planning Commission recommended core commercial due to the size of the lot, the owner is ok with that designation. Councilman Garrison called for the question and the motion passed 6-0.

Resolutions:
Resolution No. 2014-03: To award a contract to Premier Constructors, Incorporated in the amount of $67,000 for the construction and installation of a pedestrian lighting network along the Couch Lane multi-use path. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison. Mr. Simons explained this is for lighting on Couch Lane. The bids opened in January and the number of poles had to be reduced from 28 to 16 due to expense. There will be a preconstruction meeting next week. This is being funded by C-Funds and the City has very little money in it. Councilman Dykes called for the question and the motion passed 6-0.

Councilman Mann made a motion to adjourn at 6:35.

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Council Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2014

The Easley City Council met on February 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present with the exception of Councilman Garrison. Ward 4 is still vacant. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.

Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Councilman Wright gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:
Ward 1: Absent
Ward 2: There was a Farmers Market vendor meeting to discuss the upcoming season. There were 14 vendors in attendance. A lot of ideas were brained stormed about how to promote the market. The market will begin on Saturday April 5th from 8-12.
Ward 3: There will be a Class and Comp committee meeting Wed. at 7;30 a.m. in executive session. Councilman Mann thanked all the public works employees for their hard work in the last snow storm. There will be an election for the school board in April this effects Ward 3.
Ward 4: Seat Vacant
Ward 5: No report
Ward 6: Extended sympathy to the family of Don Jones in his passing.

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report.
Mr. Simons deferred to Chief Womack and David Lappin for an update on possible snow storm in forecast. Chief Womack stated they have vehicles with spike tires on standby to help get employees to work, people to hospitals, etc. They have extra personnel to manage emergencies. David Lappin stated the public works department got an ample supply of salt if any department needs it. They also got 60 tons of sand, 1 big truck for sand and one snow plow. There are 3 crews ready to go and one crew ready to trim trees if needed. There was a joint meeting with police, fire, public works, combined utility and the hospital to get an emergency plan together so everyone is working together.

Citizens wishing to address council: Terry Garrison: He was there to introduce two young ladies, Hope Harvard, Miss Greater Easley Teen, and Samantha McCarson, Miss Powdersville Teen. Each girl spoke on their goals and platforms. Ms. Harvard’s is HOPE: Helping Others with Positive Encouragement. Ms. McCarson’s was Breast Cancer awareness.

Presentations: None

Second reading of Ordinances: No. 2014-01 To authorize the conveyance of property by quitclaim deed to BRM properties, LLC and Biltcom, LLC, respectively. Councilman Mann made a motion to approve with a second from Councilman Wright. Councilman Mann then called for the question and the motion passed 5-0 with Councilman Garrison being absent and Ward 4 vacant.

First Reading of Ordinance No. 2014-02: To convey a right-of-way to Town ‘N Country Realty of Easley, Inc. For the purpose of relinquishing any and all interest or obligation as to said right-of-way which was previously conveyed to the City of Easley for purposes of picking up and policing trash at Town ‘N Country shopping center. Councilman Dykes made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Mann. Mr. Simons turned discussion over to Tommy Holcombe, Building Official to explain. This is an easement that runs across the vacant lot by Zaxby’s since we no longer pick up trash behind those buildings we are giving this back to the owner. Councilman Mann called for the question and the motion passed 5-0.

Ordinance No. 2014-03: To quitclaim any and all interest held by the City of Easley in a right-of-way previously conveyed to the City of Easley by Town ‘N Country Realty, Inc. To Out Parcel Holdings, LLC, located on the property to be owned by said corporation at the current Zaxby’s location. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Dykes, Councilman Mann called for the question and the motion passed 5-0.

Resolutions: Resolution No. 2014-02 Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a 2nd from Councilman Robinson. Mr. Simons called on Brittney Gamble to explain. This is for the elevated walk ways that connect the regular walkways on the Brushy Creek Greenway. We are in jeopardy of losing the grant if we don’t get started. The Mayor called for the question and the motion passed 5-0.

Committee reappointments: The Mayor read all the committees explained a few were reappointments and some were new members. Councilman Mann made a motion to approve as a group with a second from Councilman Wright the motion passed 5-0.

Councilman Mann made a motion to adjourn at 7:30.

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Council Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2014

The Easley City Council met on January 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.

Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with the installation of new city council members, Jim Robinson Ward 6, and Kent Dykes Ward 2. Also installed was the new commissioner for Easley Combined Utility, Eric Goodwin. After the installation Mayor Bagwell recessed the meeting for refreshments and greeting the new council.

Mayor Bagwell called the meeting back to order at 7:30.

Rev. Gary Edwards of Landmark Baptist Church gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:

  • Ward 1: Councilman Garrison: Welcomed the new council members. After talking with wrecker companies a motion to amend the upcoming resolution will be made.
  • Ward 2: Councilman Dykes: As a citizen of Ward 2, I appreciate the work Libby did for the City. I also appreciate the work my committee did and the voters of Ward 2.
  • Ward 3: Councilman Mann: Welcomed new council members.
  • Ward 4: Seat Vacant
  • Ward 5: Councilman Wright: Welcomed new council members.
  • Ward 6: Councilman Robinson: Thanked everyone for being here and looks forward to working with everyone to make Easley a better place.

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report.

Congratulations to Jim and Kent, it is good to see people willing to serve. Ward 4 will be vacant until the special election on April 1st. The filing period is over. We have two candidates, Terry Moore and Chad Roach.

The Brushy Creek Greenway bid opened Thursday with the bids coming in as we hoped. There may be a special called meeting in order to get work started. There is a bid opening on Thursday for the Couch Lane Lights. Oak Creek Subdivision projects continues. We are getting easements signed for the property we need to do the work. Eighteen residents are cooperating fully with our needs.

Citizens wishing to address council:

Dr. John Adams wanted to make council aware of an opportunity available at Easley First Baptist. It is a wellness program run by Tim Wiles with Well2Win. Our state is currently 43rd in overall health, 44th in diabetes. People are not eating enough vegetables and fruits. The cost of the program is $100 which includes blood work, but First Baptist is subsidizing the program $50. They can accommodate 50 people per session. The next session begins January 26th and runs 7 weeks at Easley First Baptist. Dr. Adams put out a challenge to all of council, Mayor, City Administrator and any city employees to join.

Stansel Towing: He had a question regarding the Wrecker Co. agreement. #23 states no wrecker company can mingle with other companies. Mayor called on Chief Traber to comment, companies can help each other out but they can’t mingle equipment on each other’s property. Mr. Stansel had another question on fees. If the wreck is very involved and more work than normal is needed can they add to the price that is on the ticket? Per Chief Traber no they cannot.

Chris Merck, Merck Towing: His question is why is the insurance so high? His insurance carrier recommends 250/1mil general liability. Most wreckers are Class A with general liability at 600. Councilman Garrison stated there will be some recommended changes when the resolution comes up for discussion and the companies will have one year grace period to get proper insurance coverage. Mayor Bagwell commented that there has to be some give and take from both sides.

Buddy Phillips, Buddy’s Towing: Is the insurance requirement per truck or an umbrella policy? City Administrator, Fox Simons answered, an umbrella policy.

Wheelers Body Shop and Towing: Can the tow report at the scene have the lien holder information on the form? This helps them get vehicles in and out. Chief Traber stated the form is going to have to be redone so he can add that to the form with no problem.

Presentations: None

Second Reading of Ordinances:

Ordinance No. 2013-07 To appropriate $65,000 dollars in FY2013-14 State Accommodations Tax monies and amend the FY2013-14 City of Easley State Accommodations Tax operating budget accordingly. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison. Mayor Bagwell asked them to remove their motion and asked Councilmen Robinson and Dykes to make the motions. Councilman Robinson made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Dykes. Councilman Mann called for the question and the motion passed 6-0, Ward 4 is vacant.

First reading of Ordinances:

Ordinance No. 2014-01 To authorize the conveyance of property by quitclaim deed to BRM properties, LLC and Biltcom, LLC, respectively.

Councilman Dykes made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Wright. Mr. Simons explained this is property that was donated for a fire station behind Outback Steak House. We had until 2011 to build but due to financial reasons were unable to accomplish this. We have to give the property back. Councilman Robinson stated his law firm had been involved in the preparation of the deed for this property so he was removing himself from the vote. Councilman Garrison called for the question the motion passed 5-0.

Resolutions:

Resolution No. 2014-01 To accept and establish regulations for wrecker service agreements for companies wishing to tow for the City of Easley Police Department. Councilman Mann made the motion to bring to the floor for discussion, with a second from Councilman Dykes. Councilman Garrison made the motion to amend the service agreement. Strike through #2 the part in parenthesis, change #3 from $2000 to $1750, and change 1A under requirements from $1,000,000 to $600,000. Councilman Mann 2nd all the amendments. Councilman Robinson commented that the committee had done a good job on the agreements. Councilman Mann stated that this is not a perfect document and it can be revisited and amended if something is not working. Councilman Mann then called for the question and the amendment passed 6-0. Councilman Garrison then called for the question on the resolution, the motion passed 6-0.

Mayor called for the vote for Mayor Pro Tem and opened the floor for nominations. Councilman Garrison nominated Councilman Wright with a second from Councilman Robinson. There were no other nominations. Councilman Wright was voted in as Mayor Pro Tem.

Councilman Garrison then made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

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Council Meeting Minutes – December 9, 2013

The Easley City Council met on December 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.
Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Rev. Cynthia Taylor, Pastor of St. Andrew UMC gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Councilwoman Kim Valentin resigned her seat on City Council due to family reasons and moving outside of the City Limits.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:

  • Ward 1: Councilman Garrison thanked Councilman Watson and Councilwoman Dodson for their service to the city. He wished Kim good luck in her future endeavors. The towing committee will have another public meeting in a couple of weeks. They are looking at redoing the rules and regulations and possibility adding an 8th company. There will be a grace period to comply with any new regulations. Any recommendations have to be voted on by City Council.
  • Ward 2: No Report. Enjoyed serving on council, thanked voters of Ward 2 for their support and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
  • Ward 3: Thanked Councilwomen Valentin and Dodson, and Councilman Watson for their service to the City Council. Wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  • Ward 4: No Report
  • Ward 5: No Report, Thanked Councilwoman Valentin for her service.
  • Ward 6: Wished Councilwoman Valentin good luck. Thanked voters of Ward 6 for letting him serve them. Thanked Jim Robinson for running for office. Proud of the accomplishments of City Council during his terms.

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report. Merry Christmas to all. Thanked Councilwomen Valentin and Dodson and Councilman Watson for their service. With Councilwoman Valentin’s resignation a special election will be held. Filing opens on Jan. 31st at 12:00 until 12:00 on Feb. 14th. $300 filing fee, must be a registered voter in Ward 4. Election will be April 8th, if needed a run off April 22nd. If only one candidate then no election.

Citizens wishing to address council: Tony Patterson, owner of Donnie’s Taxi, concerned with the unregistered taxi services coming into town. Mayor called on Tommy Holcombe to comment. He has to get with City Attorney David Allison and City Administrator, Fox Simons to get an opinion on the state law. Some of their drivers are independent contractors and that is why they don’t need a business licenses. According to Mr. Patterson there are four unregistered companies.

Presentations: Mayor Bagwell presented Councilman Watson, Councilwomen Valentin and Dodson with plaques.

First reading of Ordinance No. 2013-07: To appropriate $65,000 dollars in FY2013-14 State Accommodations Tax monies and amend the FY2013-14 City of Easley State Accommodations Tax operating budget accordingly. Councilman Watson made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Wright, Councilman Watson then called for the question and the motion passed 7-0.

Resolution No. 2013-17: To appoint Donita Crowe to a two year term as Municipal Court Judge. Councilman Watson made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison who then called for the question and the motion passed 7-0.

Resolution No. 2013-18: To appoint Deborah S. Walsh to a two year term as Associate Judge. Councilman Watson made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Mann, Councilman Watson then called for the question and the motion passed 7-0.

The Mayor lead everyone is singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Mayor Bagwell made the motion to adjourn at 7:25 p.m.

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Council Meeting Minutes – November 11, 2013

There was a workshop that began at 5:30 to inform employees about the new Health Care Reform. Representatives from BB&T Barnes were present to give the presentation and answer any questions. After the presentation the Mayor then called the regular meeting to order.

The Easley City Council met on November 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present except for Councilman Watson. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.

Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Councilman Wright gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:
Ward 1: Councilman Garrison wished all the veterans a Happy Veterans Day and thanked them for their service. He congratulated Kent Dykes and Jim Robinson on being elected to council. Councilman Garrison thanked Councilwoman Dodson for her dedication and service to the City of Easley. John Williams, Athletic Director for the Recreation Dept. resigned. The towing committee will meet at 5:30 at City Hall. This is a public meeting. A resident called and said he had been enjoying the sidewalks on Couch Lane and would like to suggest the City add a few benches along the way for the senior citizens to rest while they are out walking.
Ward 2: No Report
Ward 3: Wished all veterans a Happy Veterans Day and thanked them for their service. Congratulations to Kent Dykes and Jim Robinson on being elected to council. Thanked Councilwoman Dodson for her service to the City. There is a public meeting on Thursday night for the Rails to Trails at the YMCA on Hwy 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ward 4: The farmers market will have a Holiday Market on Nov. 16th. There will also be a shredding event at this market. This is a free event and sponsored by the City of Easley and Pickens County.
Ward 5: No Report, wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Ward 6: No Report (absent)

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report. The Christmas Tree Lighting will be on Friday night Dec. 6th at 7:00. The tree will go up next week and the Christmas banners will start to go up also. The Christmas Parade will be on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. it will follow the same route as last year. Santa will be at City Hall on Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30-8:00. The gym will be closed for resurfacing from Nov. 23rd to Dec. 1st.

The GTA Bus Service has started, to date they have had 273 people use the service. The GTA is very pleased and encouraged. The Fire Departments Smoke Detector campaign was very success as was the boot drive, over $7000 was collected for the Burn Center.

Citizens wishing to address council: Bob Feddar: Wanted to know who was responsible for the bus stop signs? The GTA signs need to be on both sides of the poles because they are very hard to find. He is also concerned about moped drivers. Wanted to know what the regulations were. According to Chief Traber they are not recognized as a motor vehicle and anyone can ride without a license.

Presentations: Jason White with Byerley, Payne & White FY2012-13 Audit. The City received an unqualified opinion which is the best rating. There was over a loss budgeted but we have a positive of $17624.

There were no first or second readings of ordinances.

Resolution No. 2013-16: To establish authority for the Mayor to enter into a project agreement on behalf of the City of Easley with SCDOT. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison who then called for the question. The motion passed 6-0 with Councilman Watson being absent.

Councilman Garrison made the motion to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

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Council Meeting Minutes – October 14, 2013

The Easley City Council met on October 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.

Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Jason Wilson gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:

  • Ward 1: The Recreation Committee met last Wednesday. There is a resolution on the agenda which was the subject of that meeting.
  • Ward 2: Girl Scout Troop 1178 came and worked in the garden. They installed a rain barrel they had painted, it was donated by Pickens County Stormwater Partners.
  • Ward 3: No Report
  • Ward 4: The farmers market had a great Fall for the Arts which was the end of the regular market season. The event was well attended by vendors and shoppers. The next event is a Holiday Market on Nov. 16th from 10-2.
  • Ward 5: No Report
  • Ward 6: Five Point Church does a civic project each year for the community. If you need volunteers call the church office.

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report. October 31 there will be Trick or Treating Downtown and activities in Old Market Square.  November 14th there will be a public meeting on the Doodle Line from 5:30-7:30 at the YMCA on Hwy 8. Tuesday night October 29th there is public hearing from 5-7 at the high school concerning the 153 ext. October is fire prevention month, firefighters will be canvasing neighborhoods checking smoke detectors. They had an outstanding open house at Station 2 that was well attended. The benefit for Lonnie Lesley was well attended we are still waiting on the amount that was raised for Lonnie.

Citizens wishing to address council: Chris Merck with Merck Automotive. He is trying to get on the rotation for the wrecker service. There are only 7 on the list and unless someone drops office you can’t get on the list. He has a business in downtown and contributed over $60,000 in taxes. He thinks that the rules for the wrecker business are not fair. The companies need to have a physical business location that operates 40 hrs a week. Mr. Simons commented that we modeled our guidelines from other cities our size. Chief Traber commented that state guidelines are for services that haul for the highway department. Councilwoman Valentin commented that we should have them rotate off, narrowing the list, and give everyone a fair shot. Councilman Garrison agreed with Councilwoman Valentin. Councilwoman Valentin said we should go back and review the policy. Mayor Bagwell appointed a committee to look at this policy it will be chaired by Councilman Garrison along with Councilman Wright and Councilman Mann. The Mayor said to get on this ASAP.

There were no first or second readings of ordinances.

Resolution No. 2013-13: To enter into a mutual aid agreement with the Pickens County sheriff’s office. Councilman Watson made a motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison the motion passed 7-0.

Resolution No. 2013-14: To award a contract to Phillips brothers construction in the amount of $272,500 to construct a restroom, press box, and multi-function area on the football/soccer fields at the J.B. “Red” Owens recreation complex. Patrick Rivers with Land Planning gave a brief presentation of where the bathrooms will be. A representative with Phillips Brothers Construction was also present. The Recreation Committee has approved this proposal. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Watson who then called for the question and the motion passed 7-0.

Resolution No. 2013-15: To recognize October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison, Mayor Bagwell called for the question and the motion passed 7-0.

Mayor Bagwell commented that he got a very nice letter from the Marine Corp about the event in June for the Wounded Marines and how it is very important that we continue to support these soldiers.

Councilman Garrison made the motion to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.

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Council Meeting Minutes – September 9, 2013

The Easley City Council met on September 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present with the exception of Mayor Larry Bagwell. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.  The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.

Mayor Pro Tem Brian Garrison called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Councilman Mann gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Pro Tem Garrison called for reports from Council Members:

  • Ward 1: No report. Councilman Garrison did give his condolences to Councilman Watson on the passing of his mother. He also commented that the banners around town looked great.
  • Ward 2: No Report
  • Ward 3: No Report, Gave condolences to Councilman Watson.
  • Ward 4: No Report
  • Ward 5: No Report
  • Ward 6: No Report

Mayor Pro Tem Garrison called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report. Movies on the Market started this past week and will run through Oct. 5th. Oct. 10, from 5-8 is the Fire Dept. Open House at station 2. Leaf season is upon us asking the public to please be patient.

Citizens wishing to address council: None

Presentations. GreenLink: They offer a bus service in conjunction with CAT from Greenville to Clemson with stops in Easley. There are 17 buses that run down 123 from Greenville to Clemson. Three will be two stops in Easley, one at Town Center and one at Town N Country. Students and faculty of Clemson University ride for free with a student ID, others pay a fare. Right now the fare is $1.50. Seniors pay ½ the fare, it is .75. As soon as signs are put up letting people know about the service the bus will begin to stop in Easley. This could happen as soon as next week. The buses will run 5 days a week and with reduced schedule during the summer months.

There were no first or second readings of ordinances.

Resolution No. 2013-12: To award a contract to Alta Planning and Design in an amount of $43,800 to complete a feasibility study for the Doodle Line. Councilman Watson made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Mann, Councilman Watson called for the question and the motion carried 6-0 with Mayor Bagwell being absent.

Councilman Watson congratulated Eddie Fortner on his new position as Deputy Director of Public Works.

Councilman Mann made the motion to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

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Council Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2013

The Easley City Council met on August 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present with the exception of Councilman Dave Watson, his mother passed away and was out of town for the funeral. Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.
Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. He welcomed Mayor Owens and members of the Pickens City Council to our meeting.

Councilman Mann gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:

Ward 1: No report. Councilman Garrison did thank all of the Department Heads and City Employees for contributing to the success of the BLWS.
Ward 2: Work was done by two groups in the Community Garden. One group from NGU, and one from Easley Presbyterian Church.
Ward 3: Echo Councilman Garrison’s comments on BLWS. His family was a host family for the team from Germany, they loved Easley and everyone commented on the banners around town.
Ward 4: The Way Finding Committee met and approved the new banners for the season between BLWS and Christmas they are Green with a Pineapple stating Welcome Dine/Play/Shop. You should be seeing those around downtown and 123 by pass and the Complex. The Farmers Market will end the Tuesday night market the end of the month. It has been somewhat successful the Saturday market will continue until October 5 and a Holiday market in Nov. The market has been well attended by vendors and customers.
Ward 5: No Report
Ward 6: No Report (Absent)

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report. This Saturday is back to school water blast from 206 in Old Market Square. Next Tuesday is the first day of school and there are new traffic patterns with the new middle school on Pendleton.

Citizens wishing to address council: Steve Crowe: Represents PC Seniors Unlimited. The organization is in a financial mess to be blunt. They had to close the Easley office due to roof leaks, and unsafe conditions. There is mold growing, no funds to fix the roof, it has collapsed. Also the A/C units have been stolen. They serve meals to seniors and are busing them to Liberty to a building that is in foreclosure. They would like for Council to do something to help save the center in Easley. They deliver meals in Easley, offer activities like line dancing, exercise, bingo, pool, quilting, etc. They serve approximately 117 clients. Some are homebound and without the center coming to get them they would not be able to visit with other people. Any bad that could happen has happened. The Easley facility is the biggest and has the most people coming to it. Asked if the city could help with repairs to the building or suggest any buildings that could be used rent free? Suggestions on how to increase revenue? Time is tight, and help is needed now.

Mayor Bagwell stated that Britteny Griffith our grant writer was looking into possible grants or funds that might be available to help. We will look to see how the city can help.

Larry Pritchard: Lives on 2nd Ave., near the old Pecan Terrace Hotel. It needs to be condemned. He is putting out lots of rat poison, it is full of nasty stuff, mattresses, etc. The owner doesn’t care, eye sore, would like for the City to look at it. Mayor Bagwell said he would get someone over there to look.

Presentations. Steve Baker with the Greenville Spinners Club. He is the present of the club and wanted to congratulate the City on the purchase of the rail line. His presentation was about the economic impact of cycling. Things people look for in a cycling area, moderate climate, varying terrain, and an active community. Cycling helps create jobs, i.e. new businesses around the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Greenville has over 100 cycling events a year and next year will have an international event. For more information contact Steve at Stevebaker@gmail.com or 325-8303. Councilman Mann commented that the Ride for Mac is coming up 8/24 with a metric century 63 mile, a 32 mile and shorter fun rides.

There was no new or old business to address.

Resolutions: Resolution 2013-11: To further the awareness of local farmers markets and to encourage all citizens to support local growers and shop a local farmers market during the week of August 17th -24th, 2013. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Garrison, the motion passed 6-0 with Councilman Watson being absent.

Mayor Bagwell made the motion to adjourn the regular meeting at 7:35 p.m. Afterwards the joint councils signed a mock agreement for the Doodle line and then had refreshments in the lobby.

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Council Meeting Minutes – July 8, 2013

The Easley City Council met on July 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. All members were present with the exception of Councilman Dave Watson and Councilman Garrison; Lisa Garrett served as the recording secretary.

The news media is notified in case of a called meeting. All regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and all of the media has been so notified.
Mayor Bagwell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. John Adams, Pastor of Easley First Baptist Church gave the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance.

There were no corrections or additions to the minutes and they stand approved.

Mayor Bagwell called for reports from Council Members:

Ward 1: No report (absent)
Ward 2: No Report
Ward 3: There will be a public meeting of the Pickens County School Board on July 11, this Thursday night to discuss their plan for the middle school situation in Easley. Everyone should be encouraged to attend. The 9/10 yr. old All-star team with Easley Little League is playing in the State Championship starting Thursday in Irmo.
Ward 4: The Way Finding Committee met about three weeks ago and approved the new BLWS banners. They will have jerseys of the teams represented. You should be seeing those around downtown and 123 by pass.
Ward 5: Visited the basketball camp at the Rec today and it was a great event, being run very well. Would like some sort of recognition sent to FCA for a job well done.
John Adams commented that it was a lot of people working together that made it so successful. He thanked the city of a great working relationship.
Ward 6: No Report (Absent)

Mayor Bagwell commented on the school board issue and encouraged all citizens to attend the public meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 in the auditorium of EHS.

Mayor Bagwell called on Mr. Fox Simons, City Administrator for his report.

The BLWS will start on July 23rd with a free concert and the games start on the 24th. Municipal Election filing period for Wards 2,4,6 and one seat on Easley Combined Utility begins on July 18th at Noon and closed August 1st at Noon. The filing fee is $300.00

Citizens wishing to address council:

Eeva O’Brien, this is her 7th time to address council on the situation at Cottage Gate Subdivision. The unfinished lot is still a mess and has lots of standing water it is a hazard to children playing, mosquitoes, and unpleasant to look at. She had a power point with pictures showing the lot and the poor job on the sidewalks and curbs. Mayor Bagwell told her we had had over 6 inches of rain in the last week of course there would be water standing, however he would look into the situation.

Jon Humphrey, tournament director for the BLWS. Thanked the City leadership for all the support they give the BLWS. All city departments are used during this event. The championship game will once again be Live on ESPN. He invited the Mayor and Council to come out to the first game and be introduced and have the Mayor throw out the first pitch. The Fanfest will be on Wednesday the 23rd with the team walk and homerun derby and a free concert. The entertainment is still being negotiated, but will be announced very soon. The teams are SC District 1, Mexico, Africa, Germany, Venezuela, Asia Pacific and for the first time ever a team from China. The bleachers are in, bats are in, uniforms are in, just waiting on the players to come July 22nd. There will be more information on Facebook, Twitter, and on the BLWS website at www.blws.org.

There were no presentations.

Unfinished Business: Ordinance Second Reading:

Ordinance No. 2013-05: To provide for the issuance and sale of a not exceeding seven hundred ninety five thousand dollars ($795,000) City of Easley, South Carolina, general obligation refunding bond, series 2013a; to provide for the issuance and sale of a not exceeding one million sixty five thousand dollars ($1,065,000) City of Easley, South Carolina, general obligation refunding bond, series 2013b; to prescribe the purposes for which the proceeds shall be expended; to provide for the payment thereof; and other matters relating thereto. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilwoman Valentin. Mr. Simons explained that the rates were lowered to just over 1% from 3.67% and will save over $30,000. Councilman Mann called for the question and the motion passed 5-0 with Councilmen Watson and Garrison being absent.

Ordinance No. 2013-06: A second supplemental ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of a not exceeding $3,325,000 City of Easley, South Carolina hospitality tax revenue refunding bond, series 2013a; and other matters relating thereto. Councilman Mann made a motion to approve with a second from Councilman Wright, this interest rate is going to 1.124% with a savings of about $13,000. Mayor Bagwell called for the question and the motion passed 5-0 with Councilmen Watson and Garrison being absent.

Ordinance No. 2013-07: A tenth supplemental ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Easley, South Carolina, Combined Utility System refunding revenue bonds, in one or more series, in the aggregate principal amount of not exceeding $16,000,000; delegating the authority to the mayor and city administrator to determine certain matters with respect to the bonds; prescribing the form and details of such bonds; amending general bond ordinance 1999-13; and other matters relating thereto. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilwoman Valentin. This rate is going to 2% and will save approximately $90,000 part goes to the General Fund and part to Hospitality Tax. Mayor Bagwell called for the question and the motion passed 5-0 with Councilmen Watson and Garrison being absent.

New Business: Ordinance First Reading: None

Resolutions:

Resolution 2013-10: To award a $39,000 contract to Ward Electrical for the installation of new field lights, and scoreboards on fields one and two at Pope Field baseball park. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Wright. The lights at Pope Field are approximately 30 yrs. old and need replacing. This is part of a $65,000 grant that was received. Councilman Mann made the motion to approve with a second from Councilman Wright, Mayor Bagwell called for the question and the motion passed 5-0 with Councilmen Watson and Garrison being absent.
Mayor Bagwell made the motion to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.