No election for Prosperity this year

Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

October 18, 2013

PROSPERITY — No election will be necessary for the Town of Prosperity this year since the three incumbents — Mayor Derek Underwood and councilmen Mike Hawkins and Allen Gallman — filed with no opposition.

On Tuesday night, Town Administrator Karen Livingston read the results from the Election Commission which accepted and certified the results. Livingston also said there were no write-ins and so there is no need for an election.

The town sent letters to the Election Commission and also to the Newberry County Voter Registration Office. The non-partisan incumbents will serve for another four-year term.

Prosperity Town Council also unanimously passed second and final reading of a zoning ordinance to rezone 215 North Main St. from R-7 residential to neighborhood commercial for an insurance business. The business belongs to Stan Renwick who owns an insurance business.

Underwood abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest. No one spoke during the public hearing.

In other business:

— Council unanimously passed first reading of a council compensation ordinance due to the Municipal Association of South Carolina saying it needs the separate ordinance for the compensation for council.

— Council discussed the agreement for the walking track by Wightman UMC. In the past, the walking track had have fitness equipment available but the church’s parking lot replaced it.

The town will draft a letter to the church’s trustees outlining what the town will maintain as far as lighting and trash pick-up and what the church will be responsible for since it uses the space for some of its activities such as the the ongoing pumpkin patch. The property lease will be effective Dec. 1.

— Councilman Mike Hawkins met with the county’s economic development committee about the spec building in the Mid-Carolina Commerce Park and hopes the future business will positively impact the town. He also The Blend is temporarily closing Nov. 2 as long as a new owner comes in. There is also news that an Edward Jones office is to come to town.

— Councilman Chad Hawkins said there is a street cleanup day Nov. 9. Also, with the Brown Street sidewalk project, there is a drainage issue that is blocking a home. However, the project is on track.

— In police department news, Police Administrator Benji Sease said they have a couple of trainees and after they finish, the police department will have four full-time and two reserves and they won’t have to rely so much on the sheriff’s department.