Council Lifts Water Restrictions

WINNSBORO – Town Council officially terminated their extreme drought proclamation Tuesday night, with Mayor Roger Gaddy issuing a sigh of relief as he said the reservoir had made a dramatic recovery. Gaddy also said that the Town’s agreement with the City of Columbia, to provide 400,000 gallons a day to customers in Blythewood, has put the Town in a much better position than it was last August, when the proclamation was first issued.

Council continues to negotiate terms of a new water contract with Columbia, meanwhile, which could bring additional water into Winnsboro’s reservoir.

Council also voted to officially cut its ties with Red Clay Development, dropping the old Mt. Zion Institute property back into the Town’s lap once more. Council first voted to split with Red Clay last December, but legal wranglings have prevented the split from being official until Tuesday night. Red Clay purchased the property from the Town nearly three years ago for $100,000.

At the suggestion of outgoing Councilman Bill Haslett, Council also elected to bring Hand Made in America of Asheville, N.C., into town on a fact-finding mission May 9. Haslett said the company would conduct an evaluation of Winnsboro and make recommendations on possible economic growth.