WHITMIRE — The Town of Whitmire’s recreation director said Monday that the recreation department will need more funding if it continues providing trophies to youth who participate in its offerings.
Recreation Director Joey Dillard used the softball team as an example, saying the trophies cost about $5 for each player, which can get expensive.
After communicating with other towns, Dillard said Whitmire was one of a few that still gives out trophies to each child. Councilwoman Chrystal Harsha, Councilwoman Debbie Harris and Councilman Dwight Lane disagreed, saying they wanted each child who participated to have a trophy.
Dillard suggested certificates or medallions, which are less expensive to provide. Councilwoman Cassie Fowler said she approved of the medallions, but the other council members remained partial to trophies.
Fowler suggested trophies for Most Valuable Players, while Lane said he felt each player deserved something.
Community members Melody Martin and Stephanie Reid said they were disappointed, saying if the cost to play had to go up next year to ensure each child gets a trophy, they would pay that.
In other recreation business, Councilman Michael Thomas said he will talk to Mayor Billy Hollingsworth about a time to hold a recreation meeting to address concerns. Hollingsworth was not at Monday’s council meeting. Thomas officiated in his absence.
Dillard said baseball has been great this year, with a waiting list for both the major and minor teams. Dillard said he had 21 players for the softball team and hopes that next year, five or six more will sign up so another team can be created.
The volleyball court is well underway, Dillard told council. The nets are ready to be put up and Dillard said he had made contact with the person who will set the poles up.
The summer golf program in Whitmire has gotten a lot of response, but Dillard said only one person has fully committed to that. Harsha said that about 15 more had confirmed with the golf course, so they had plenty to participate.
The town of Whitmire had a beginning balance of $68,815.63 for May. Deposits for the month totalled $33,993.24. Expenditures equalled $52,013.28, leaving the remaining balance at $50,795.59.
For the month of May, the Whitmire Police Department filed 41 incidents and made 126 citations, according to Police Chief Jeremiah Sinclair.
Some of the department’s calls included burglary, larceny, forgery, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana. The department investigated three wrecks.
In other business:
• Second reading of an ordinance outlawing hand-held devices while driving passed. Harsha asked if the ordinance addressed talking on the phone and Sinclair said it did not.
• Christianna Gilliam, president of the Whitmire Jaycees, reminded council of the Party in the Pines festival that begins Thursday. Duke Power was coming to deliver the meters Tuesday and they probably would be set up that afternoon. Sinclair was asked to look for businesses or vendors that had not paid to be part of the event.
• Maria Mcmurtury told council that the 49-mile yard sale last weekend was a success, with participants from as far as Georgia and Florida. She reminded everyone of the upcoming veteran’s event in July and that the farmer’s market will begin Saturday and be open from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October. It will also be open on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Heritage Park.
• Thomas read a letter from the Department of Health and Environmental Control congratulating the town for a satisfactory rating of its water treatment plant. The survey was conducted April 30.
• Richard Martin, candidate for the House of Representatives District 40, was included as part of the agenda. Martin, owner of Battery Outlet on S.C. 34 in Newberry, described himself as a blue collar worker, as his father first began working at the store 38 years ago.
Martin’s opponent, Rep. Walt McLeod, has been unopposed for the past 14 years. Martin said his goal is to bring more jobs into the district because he feels there are too many empty buildings in Newberry County. Martin said he had spoken with several companies and would try to get them interested in this area, if he is elected.