PROSPERITY — Prosperity Town Council has delayed dealing with an ordinance prohibiting tobacco use on town property.
Council tabled the second reading Tuesday so it would have more time to study the proposal, including an amendment to define what a designated smoking area would be.
Prosperity Mayor Derek Underwood reminded those present that the ordinance is not designed to eliminate smoking from business establishments or bars but would prohibit town employees from smoking in or on town-owned or town-operated properties such as parks and ball fields.
The ordinance, if approved, also would apply to town vehicles.
In other business, council unanimously approved the 2014-15 town budget. The numbers remained unchanged from the last budget work session, with a 3.64 increase to the $2,456,8000 operating budget. Included in the budget is a personnel change to make the town clerk/treasurer job into a full-time position.
The utility budget was $1,992,200 and includes $45,000 for utility upgrades and $48,000 for transformer upgrades as well as $34,000 in a reserve fund set aside to match potential sidewalk grant money.
In other business:
• Council discussed handicap accessibility to crosswalks near The Blend and the town square. “The current layout would not let us to change it,” Underwood said.
Ed West with the town utility department explained the limitations from the narrow street and having to be ADA compliant with the ramps. Mike Hawkins suggested moving the task of sidewalk renovations to that area further up the council’s priority list so the matter can be addressed sooner.
Council asked Police Chief Jimmy Richardson to make sure his officers stepped up enforcement of the speed limit on Main Street and on failure of people to yield to the pedestrian crosswalk.
• Boy Scout Delaney Smith of Troop 316 approached council with an Eagle Scout project idea. Council unanimously approved that he could erect a fence using posts and cables that will extend from the gazebo to the existing chain link fence at the park. A similar idea was proposed by another scout but the project fell through, opening the door for Smith.
Vice chairman Chad Hawkins said the town would not have to pay for the project but would provide in-kind services to assist in drilling holes for fence posts and marking utility lines. Smith would like to complete the project prior to the Mid-Carolina High marching band season.
• West gave an update on Jason Hogan’s status with water operator certification. There is a delay in the step by step process because of limited options for certification courses but West anticipates Hogan will be able to complete the process in about 10 months. Underwood requested public works consider other options within driving distance in hopes of shortening that time to five to six months, potentially.
West reported some down time was needed with the town’s well system due to age on the pipes. The hydrant in front of the fire department is operating but is tagged out (not being used) until cement is added to the area to prevent erosion. The current sidewalk project has a few items remaining on its punch list.
• Town Administrator Karen Livingston reported on a water grant related to Langford Street. The grant is on target though there were procedural delays during the environmental review process. Livingston said there is more paperwork for the town to complete.
• Savage checked with the county about right of way and about the kind of surveys the town needed done on Kibler Street. Chad Hawkins said the county told him it did not want to take road into its system. The town council will continue to contact DOT about having it paved.
Savage met with the county attorney and the county public works director and the county administrator.
New business for the next meeting July 28 will include discussion of crosswalk signage on Main Street and also include discussion of a leash ordinance.