Winnsboro Gets Clean Audit

During last week’s Town Council meeting in Winnsboro, town Finance Director Kathy Belton confirmed Winnsboro is in a good spot financially.

“We are right where we should be,” Belton said.

Admittedly, compared to 2011 the town does have more expenditures but also has more revenue. In comparison to last year at this time the town has generated $66,064 more revenue. Town Council members approved the motion to grant all town employees with a Christmas bonus to be paid for out of the savings of the workman’s compensation fund. Last year town employees were given a bonus of $600.

Council also voted yes for one capital expense request and postponed another. The request approved was for a new HVAC system at the town ofWinnsboro’s maintenance shop. The existing system was installed in 1975 and certain replacement parts are no longer available. The low bid was won by John C. Stewart & Co. at $14,050 and councilman Clyde Sanders was in full support.

“We need to be able to provide a comfortable environment for the town’s employees,” Sanders said.

The capital expense request postponed was made by Jesse Douglas for a sewer line replacement. Town manager Don Wood said he would like to a little more time to review all the facts.

“We had some last minute information come up,” Wood explained. “We decided to table that request until the next meeting.”

As a part of new business, the council approved the proclamation for the Town of Winnsboro to adopt the S.C. Municipal Association’s legislative priorities for 2013. The proclamation confirmed that as of Nov. 20 the Town of Winnsboro will support the Municipal Association’s legislative priorities to encourage local decision making by the local elected officials that govern the state’s 270 cities and towns.

To close out the meeting, council members decided to donate to both Walk One’s and the Good Samaritan House’s Thanksgiving meals for the under-privileged.

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