POMARIA — Infrastructure and stray animals were among the items discussed Monday night by Pomaria Town Council.
The bridge repair on Berley Boland Road will soon be up for rebids. According to the council, the wooden bridge should be replaced with a 72-inch pipe. The upgrade increases weight capacity so the bridge can transport traffic, including EMS responders.
Councilman Billy Fanning said the response time to homes could be reduced from 23 minutes to between two to three minutes if the bridge could support emergency vehicles.
In hopes of preventing an emergency situation, Mayor Daryl Hentz reported that Eddie Taylor with the recycling center in Pomaria has contacted animal control several times about the strays but that the problem persisted. Hentz said the strays are running parents off from the walking track and scaring children.
Hentz said the county needs to get the problem under control because the strays are dragging out trash (from the recycling center) and scaring walkers at the town walking track.
“We need to make contact with the county and make them aware they need to do something,” Hentz said. “One is a lab that is not well kept and the others are puppies that are growing pretty fast.”
In other business:
• Pomaria Town Clerk-treasurer Kristy Graham said she will soon begin working on the town website. She took a course in website design through the Newberry Area Small Business Development Center led by Nancy Williamson. Graham said the course was informative and that the town site likely would use webs.com in come capacity. She and council believed using an online design platform was more feasible than purchasing web design software.
• Fanning will meet with Tommy Long to discuss Long’s interest in cutting trees that pose a threat to power lines and buildings at the Pomaria Roadside Park.
• Hentz reported good turnout for Little League signups with 25 majors and 28 minors boys registered thus far.
• Hentz said the town audit currently is in process.
• Council voted unanimously to transfer $3,000 from the town’s capital money market account into its general fund.
• Hentz reported the town purchased a new insurance policy for the old Pomaria school building.
• The Old Pomaria School Reunion Committee meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 5. The reunion will be May 17 with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. Council discussed possible route changes this year though none have been made as yet. Jimmy Wilson will use his goose neck trailer to move bleachers from the ball field to the reunion, saving the town any rental fees associated with other bleacher options.