Developer Makes Water Pitch

Confusion Clouds Council Donation

WINNSBORO – Darren Rhodes, representing Fowler Realty, addressed Town Council during their Oct. 7 meeting to make a preliminary request for consideration for water capacity for a 20-acre tract of land on Langford Road.

“At this time,” Rhodes told the Council, “I do not have a plan for this property as it is being drafted. However, I will make it available to you.”

Rhodes said the planner advising him on the development recommended that a development with a maximum density of 60 homes, if that zoning is able to be obtained, would require a capacity of 24,000 gallons of water, maximum, per day.

Mayor Roger Gaddy asked Rhodes to keep the Town in the loop as the development comes closer to being a reality.

“Developers are aware of the situation we have in Blythewood,” Gaddy told Rhodes. “We’re diligently trying to get it resolved as quickly as we can.”

In other business, Council unanimously approved a capital expenditure request for the Wastewater Department for a pump replacement for sewer lift station No. 21. Cost of the pump and start kit total $4,040 plus freight and tax.

Council approved Councilman Clyde Sanders’ donation of $200 from his discretionary fund to two organizations in his community: $100 to Debra McDaniel, Ward One, for a recognition banquet for the Kenneth Adamson Memorial Scholarship Fund; and $100 to Betty and Bernie Enloe for planting flowers at Enloe Corner in his neighborhood of Forest Hills subdivision. Four days after the meeting, Betty Enloe phoned The Voice to say she and her husband told Sanders prior to the meeting that they did not need the money, they did not want it and would not accept it. She said Sanders, who is running for a seat on County Council, knew this before the meeting.

The Voice contacted Sanders and asked if he knew before the meeting that Enloe did not want the money. He said he did, that after he told the Enloes he could get the money for them, “she said no, don’t get me any money because you’re in a campaign.”

“After the Council meeting Clyde again asked us to take the money and pose for the newspaper while he handed us the check,” Enloe said. “That was nice of Don Wood to cut the check, but we didn’t want any part in that publicity.”

Contacted by The Voice about Enloe’s phone call, Sanders said he has now returned the money to his Council contingency fund.

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