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By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

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LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The Rocky Branch Park trail will get new additions if a local Life Scout has his way.

Life Scout Dean Frierson presented a plan to Little Mountain Town Council where he will construct a meditation garden along the Rocky Branch Trail in the shape of a Boy Scout emblem.

The plan is contingent upon approval from the Indian Waters Council. If the council approves, Frierson will reappear before town council to explain the concept more fully.

At the March meeting of Little Mountain Town Council, council reported more work being done on the trail and on the children’s park.

On March 8 Backwoods Geocachers with Mike Everson, who is on the committee of Keep Newberry County Beautiful, did a clean up day on the trail. Council will contact his group to see if they are interested in cleaning up the children’s park site on Boundary Street.

Bowers said they pulled out some stumps and logs but they need to pull out more.

Jeff Jefferson also asked if scouts would help haul off litter from the park.

Mayor Jana Jayroe said she would contact SCE&G about removing a rotten telephone pole from the park.

Council is investigating electronic locks for the park that could be opened remotely by cell phone which would allow the park to be open for the majority of the summer.

• Deck building is the next Rocky Branch Trail project underway.

Jayroe said people interested in building the decks for the trail should contact her. Builders must be licensed contractors with a town license and town permit.

Council suggested Billy Lindler built benches at the switchbacks of the trail and perhaps at the top of the steepest hill.

In the opinion of council, the supported trail, which elderly people can walk, would benefit from benches at those locations. The benches would be just before the proposed meditation garden.

The project has until the end of May for a completion date.

Council also received updates on the Little Mountain Reunion. Jayroe reported that she and Cindy Farr opened a bank account for the Little Mountain Reunion Association Group. Mayor Pro Tem Melvin Bowers said the Little Mountain Ruritan Club is planning on working with barbecue this year and that volunteers are needed to help sell BBQ, drinks, etc.

In other business:

• Anne Peters is doing more legal research about nine parcels that need to be returned to original zoning. Jayroe said Peters is checking to see if the parcels must go through the planning commission or if they can just be changed through ordinance.

• Jayroe continues to investigate if the town votes under a plurality system or not. There will be an election Nov. 4 provided people choose to file petitions and run. More details about the election will be forthcoming by July.

• Jayroe explored having a Farmer’s Market at the Park for the summer but learned there was a lot of red tape that went along with a farmer’s market. The town could do a tailgate market where people sold from their truck tailgates, though. She asked council members to check and see if people were interested about selling vegetables from their trucks.

• The ball field in the park was discussed. Bowers said if the field had lights and a concession stand, then games could be held there, potentially. As is, the field is for practice only. Traditionally parents of Little Mountain Ruritan team players cut the grass and drag the field.

• Jayroe continues to explore showing movies in the park this summer. If feasible, she’d like to show two movies.

• Town reported income of $36,656.48 for February in large part from a county check and from tax dollars that are paid the town yearly.

• Susan Epting said Books on Main likely would be interested in stocking Little Mountain History DVDs but the matter was still being discussed.

• Cindy Farr reported all information on the town calendar on the town website as confirmed.

• Council announced a crosswalk as well as Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services held in the park.

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