PROSPERITY —Prosperity Town Council honored one of its own as an influential African American Community Leader, as the town has for the past seven years. Kenneth Boyd was this year’s selection and was honored for his military service and for volunteer efforts in the area such as helping coach baseball.
Councilman Chad Hawkins praised the DOT and workers for proactive work to trim trees and work to limit damage from ice storms. Mayor Derek Underwood said during the recent storm that around 23 residents were without power for an hour or so, compared to a 2004 storm where people went days without power. Council praised employees for going above and beyond to serve the residents during the recent snow event.
In other news:
• Council said a storage building on Langford Street property will be torn down and a green space replace it for all to share. The Langford Street Park area will be cleared and a new storage area will be built at another location.
• Adding a full-time firefighter position is something council continues to explore in partnership with Newberry County. Adding someone could lower ISO ratings and thereby lower insurance rates for home owners, but council said it continues to explore ways to fill the post. One recommendation was moving a current volunteer firefighter into the position full-time and have that person rotate through the town on a schedule coordinated with the county.
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