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.
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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
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.