PROSPERITY — Prosperity welcomed a new year with the swearing in of three incumbents for another term at Tuesday’s town council meeting.
Mayor Derek Underwood was sworn in by the town attorney, Henry Bufkin, and Councilmen Allen Gallman and Mike Hawkins were sworn in by Underwood.
The three filed to run again last year and since there were no other candidates, there was no need for an election.
The committees were also reappointed to the councilmen and they will not change.
Mike Hawkins will still have electrical and economic development, Gallman will have parks, recreation and events, Robert Martin will have water, sewer and buildings and properties and Chad Hawkins will have sanitation,streets and emergency responses. Hawkins was also unanimously chosen to be mayor pro-tem for another term.
In other business:
— Council welcomed Austin Cox to the Prosperity Police Department.
— Council recognized the Prosperity Panther football team since they are the Parks, Recreation and Tourism championships for last year. All of the present players including the coaches were recognized and the team presented the town with a plaque of the team as champs.
“Four years ago, people in the community came to us requesting a football team,” said Underwood. “We thank the coaches, the players and the parents.”
— Gallman reminded residents that spring sports registration starts in February. Contact town hall for more information.
— Feb. 8 will be a volunteer work day at the Dixie field in town. Anyone wanting to help can contact Joey Long at 924-4116. Long is in charge of the work day at the field.
— Town Administrator Karen Livingston put out a reminder that the Arts and Antiques festival is May 3 and forms with fliers are available if anyone knows of an artist who wants to participate.
— Two designs for the Gateway to Prosperity sign have been approved by council and will be forwarded to First Community Bank for approval. The sign will go in the space where the old First Community bank was as an entry to the town. The designs were created by Tyla Bowers, who owns Southern Arts and Outdoors in Prosperity. The sign will be paid for using hospitality tax funds.
— Council decided to send a formal request to the Department of Transportation to make Kibler Street a one way road to S.C. 391. If the town hears a yes from DOT, then it will discuss paving.
— The Smoke Free Community Forum is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Prosperity Town Hall.
— The next regular council meeting is Feb. 18.