Ridgeway Hires Second Officer

RIDGEWAY – At its regular monthly meeting, rescheduled from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21 due to snow and icy conditions, Ridgeway Town Council hired a new part-time police officer and part-time maintenance employee. Council considered two applicants for the law enforcement position, settling on Antonio Addison of Columbia who will start work after serving out his two week notice with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce in Columbia where he has been employed since August 2011. According to his resume, Addison investigated theft and other incidents and was responsible for the protection and security for all persons on the grounds of the state agency. Addison is a graduate of Benedict College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was recommended to Council by Councilman Don Prioleau. Addison will be the second part-time law enforcement officer for the Town. According to Prioleau, Addison will become a full-time officer at a later time.

“Right now,” Prioleau told The Voice, “Mr. Addison has another commitment that prevents him from working full time for us.”

Council also hired Jeff Wilkins in an on-call maintenance capacity for the Town. He will assist the Town’s current part-time maintenance employee, Robert Arndt.

In other business Chris Curtiss, owner of the Little Cedar Creek Campground on East Peach Road in Ridgeway, asked the Town to provide a 6-inch, 1,250-foot waterline to the campground. Curtiss said he plans to expand his 30-acre campground from 28 units to 58 units and that the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control requires expanded water capacity for the additional 30 units. He said the residents of his campground shop in Ridgeway and that the expansion of the campground could bring considerable economic development to the town.

After hearing Curtiss’s request, Herring asking him to bring back specific numbers of the water capacity needed so Council could consider it further.

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