PROSPERITY — Highway signs bringing people into Prosperity were discussed at Tuesday night’s town council meeting in Prosperity.
Council member Robert Martin brought up the idea since he is in charge of water, sewer and buildings/properties. Mayor Derek Underwood met with Newberry Mayor Foster Senn this week to flesh out ideas for bringing people into town.
The signage would be along Highway 26 around the Dreher Island area. Underwood mentioned the possibility of signs along S.C. 121 around exit 82, S.C. 34 around exit 76 and S.C. 773 around exit 74.
Letters will be sent to Sen. Ronnie Cromer and District 40 Rep. Walt McLeod. Hopefully an appointment with the Department of Transportation is forthcoming.
Underwood said they want to get people to come through Prosperity to Lake Murray for gasoline, groceries or fishing supplies instead of traveling through Chapin and Little Mountain.
In economic business, Councilman Mike Hawkins reported about Weezie’s, a new thrift store in town. He also said that Main Dish and Stable’s Steakhouse are to reopen soon under new management. Opening dates have not been set.
In recreation business, Dixie Youth baseball sign-ups were successful, according to Underwood. There will be four minor teams and three major teams and they will play Newberry, Saluda and Batesburg.
“We have exactly the same number of teams this year as last year,” said Underwood.
In open session, one resident came forward asking council about having a horse on her 11 acres of property on Elm Street. The council is going to look at a variance for an ordinance that would allow the council to examine each incident case by case as similar situations arise. Underwood said they are going to have to research and come up with a variance.
In old business, the town is moving forward in getting a handicap accessible ramp at the depot so it will be available for lease if someone wants to use the facility.
Underwood said the town is going to follow the rules, policies and bylaws like the civic center. There is about $10,000 left in Depot funds from one-cent sales tax money.
Underwood also mentioned that the civic center committee is going to become simply an advisory board since the civic center is now usable and leasable and there is no need for a committee anymore.