Whitmire to hire new police officer

Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Police Department is in the process of hiring a third police officer to its force, according to Police Chief Jeremiah Sinclair.

Joseph Teseniar from Newberry has accepted the position and is to begin working with the department at the end of November.

Sinclair recognized Kevin Smith before Whitmire Town Council on Monday for his exemplary citizenship within the town. Mayor Billy Hollingsworth recognized Town Clerk Carla Taylor for 15 years of service to the town of Whitmire.

Joe Dillard reported to council that the Mite and Minnie football programs seemed to be improving and the tennis program continues to grow.

Dillard also told council that the volleyball complex recently approved by Sen. Ronnie Cromer and Rep. Walt McLeod was a “done deal,” and the paperwork has been sent off.

He also reported that Richie Stevens will be coming to Whitmire soon to hold private baseball lessons at $25 per hour.

“He’s really knowledgeable and takes a lot of time out with the kids,” Dillard said about Stevens.

Basketball sign-ups will soon take place for Whitmire. Dillard said the 9- 12-year-old age group will begin in December with the other ages starting at the first of the year.

Sinclair gave his monthly police report to council stating that for the month of September, the Whitmire Police Department filed 33 incidents, 29 citations, and reported two traffic accidents. Some of the department’s calls for the month included burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and ill treatment to animals.

Hollingsworth said the town started off the month with $33,140.47, with $24,560.49 deposited into the account. Expenditures for the month totalled $38,299.30, leaving a remaining balance of $19,401.66.

“The deposits will be small between now and December with taxes that start to come in,” Hollingsworth said about the financial report.

Ervin West presented council with a list of capital improvement project updates that were made possible with the penny tax funds. The biggest project is the completion of the Whitmire Town Hall annex. Pending some minor touch-ups and audio/video equipment, West said the project is almost finished.

Another project that will be completed from the funds is the Whitmire Rescue EMS building. West said a new roof has been installed with a 20-year warranty, with interior renovations underway. West says a new handicap ramp will be placed at the front entrance of the building.

Kim Wallace and Cassie Fowler said the Whitmire website was coming along nicely. Together, they have been working with marketing tools to better promote what Whitmire can offer not only the community, but visitors as well.

“We’re hoping to launch it at the end of December,” Wallace said.

With the new 911 addressing project now underway in Whitmire, Postmaster Cameron Wesley told council there was no need for residents to fill out a change of address form for their new 911 addresses.

“There is nothing citizens need to do on behalf of the post office,” Wesley said. The office will not be sending mail back for one year, giving people time to get used to the new address system.

Wesley said those still confused with what they need to do can stop by the post office with their questions.