Winnsboro Lays Legal Groundwork for Water Plan

WINNSBORO – Mayor Roger Gaddy opened Tuesday’s Town Council meeting with an addition to the agenda, a reimbursement resolution declaring the intent of the Town of Winnsboro to reimburse itself for certain expenditures from the proceeds of debt (bond) to be incurred with the upcoming bond referendum to bring water from the Broad River. The resolution, which was approved unanimously, also allows the Town to be reimbursed for expenses the 60 days prior to Sept. 16.

Council also approved several purchases, including $95,000 to rebuild three tertiary filters at the wastewater plant and $12,000 to purchase a transformer for the Enor Corporation. Council also voted to submit applications for a pair of USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grants for an Amick garbage truck and three Ford Interceptor sedans for the Town’s Public Safety Department. Council committed to matching funds of $63,000 for the garbage truck and $48,986.10 for the three sedans.

Following executive session where Council discussed legal and contractual water issues concerning Mid-County Water Company, Blythewood, Boney Road and Red Gate, et. al., Council voted to allow the Utility Department to fill an open position. It also voted to uphold Town Manager Don Wood’s denial of water to a Boney Road property in Blythewood.

The water line to the home would have had to travel across the yards of other homes. The property owner appealed Wood’s decision to the Town Council.

“We just couldn’t do that,” Gaddy said. “Don Wood looked at it and determined that, of course, we couldn’t just go across somebody’s property.”

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