Prosperity getting ‘clock lift’


By Kelly Duncan - kduncan@civitasmedia.com



Council members Mike Hawkins, Robert Martin Jr., Mayor Derek Underwood, and council members Allen Gallman Jr. and Chad Hawkins preparing for Prosperity’s Town Council Meeting.


Kelly Duncan | The Newberry Observer

PROSPERITY — The town of Prosperity will replace the clock downtown with a newer model after Town Council approved the expenditure at its council meeting.

The clock is made from an original manufacturer and original parts, which would need to be ordered before repairs could be done. It will cost around $3,500 to get the clock working.

Council passed a motion to buy a new light, which will take two to 12 weeks to complete.

During open session, a resident presented his concerns to council about the Internet connection in town, asking if regulations have prevented the town from upgrading to a better service provider.

Prosperity Mayor Derek Underwood said there are no set regulations and that ultimately it comes down to service demand, like Verizon or AT&T. He also stated that there are currently no ordinances that prevent Prosperity from having more than one service provider.

In other business, council passed a resolution committing the town to providing a local match for a Municipal Association of South Carolina Hometown Economic Development Grant. The application is for $25,000 and the town has committed to matching at least $1,250 which is 5 percent of $25,000.

The grant will help refine signage in town and will need to be completed prior to Sept. 30, 2016.

Council also discussed moving the municipal election polls from Town Hall to Prosperity-Rikard Elementary. Some council members wanted to keep the polls at Town Hall, but the decision was made to move to Prosperity-Rikard. Letters have since been mailed out letting residents know that the location has been changed.

Councilman Chad Hawkins reported from the Electrical, Streets and Sanitation Committee that several streets in Prosperity have been repaired and paved.

Councilman Allen Gallman Jr. reported that there are 23 soccer teams and five football teams countywide and that Spooktacular will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The Utility Department reported there have been two outages and water leaks in the area, but they have been fixed.

Underwood reported that the debris removal policy should be in place by the beginning of the year.

Council members Mike Hawkins, Robert Martin Jr., Mayor Derek Underwood, and council members Allen Gallman Jr. and Chad Hawkins preparing for Prosperity’s Town Council Meeting.
http://newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Prosperity1.jpgCouncil members Mike Hawkins, Robert Martin Jr., Mayor Derek Underwood, and council members Allen Gallman Jr. and Chad Hawkins preparing for Prosperity’s Town Council Meeting. Kelly Duncan | The Newberry Observer

By Kelly Duncan

kduncan@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-678-3123, ext. 1868, or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

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