Council drops request for 30% salary increase

BLYTHEWOOD – After 2 1/2 hours of council debate and public comments, the Blythewood Town Council passed first reading of its 2024-2025 annual budget Monday night. The vote passed 4-1 with Councilman Rich McKenrick opposing. No longer in the budget are 30% cost of living increases for council. However, the $500 gym membership for employees […]

Blythewood park plan presented to public

BLYTHEWOOD – The public got their first glimpse last week of a suggested master plan for the town’s park complex, consisting of: Doko Meadows Park and the town hall area; the McLean Road park property; and the newly acquired Sandfield Road property. The presentation was made Wednesday, May 8 at the Manor, with easels displaying […]

Fairfield County Council scraps with comp plan, budget

WINNSBORO – With limited discussion, Fairfield County Council adopted second reading of an ordinance establishing the 2024 comprehensive plan, and also deferred action on second reading of the 2024-25 budget which has still not been made available to the public. Following pleas from the public and a closed-door discussion, Midlands STEM Charter School is one […]

Richland County seeks public input on budget

COLUMBIA – Richland County seeks feedback from the public on its operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2024, and ends June 30, 2025. An in-person public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 23 in council chambers at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia. The meeting will […]

Public invited to comment on cleanup of contaminated site on N. Congress St

WINNSBORO – A notice is posted in The Voice this week stating that public comments are being accepted on a proposed cleanup of environmental contamination on a property at 207 N. Congress Street in Winnsboro. The public comment period, initiated by SC DHEC (the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control) extends through June […]

Doko Manor’s financial woes continue

BLYTHEWOOD – After the first six months of operation, (March – October, 2013) the Manor was operating at a deficit of $106,000, according to the Town’s then CPA Kem Smith.  During an intense five-hour February, 2014 workshop, Blythewood’s then town council discussed ways to stop the bleeding which, they worried aloud, could possibly cause the […]

Blythewood Town Council considers hiring more employees

BLYTHEWOOD – Town council members spent approximately six hours on April 19 in a budget workshop at the Manor taking a first look at the Town’s proposed $3.7 million FY 2024-25 annual budget. Proposals included hiring several new employees – three part time student interns at $15 per hour for 20 hours per week; a […]

Blythewood mayor proposes pay raise for council, town employees

BLYTHEWOOD – During Town Council’s first 2024 budget workshop last month, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson announced that Mayor Sloan Griffin is requesting the following be included in the 2024 budget: A 30 percent salary increase for council members A 3.2 percent cost of living and a 3 percent merit raise for the Town’s fulltime employees […]

Restoration of Fortune Springs Park is underway

WINNSBORO – A first look at what a renovated Fortune Springs Park could look like in a couple of years was unveiled last week during a public meeting at the Old Armory. The purpose of the meeting was to present the preliminary design for the park and receive community input on the project. Representatives from […]

When will the MPA legal files be made available to public?

BLYTHEWOOD – More than four months have passed since Mayor Sloan Griffin fired Attorney Shannon Burnett’s law firm as well as David Black and several other attorneys with Maynard Nexsen’s law firm. Both law firms represented the Town of Blythewood in two MPA Strategies-related lawsuits and were asked by Griffin to turn their MPA files […]

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