LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Newberry Mayor Foster Senn presented information during the recent mayors breakfast about the movie night that city holds in Memorial Park for the community. After his presentation, Little Mountain Mayor Jana Jayroe took the opportunity to find out about the event, in hopes of having one in Little Mountain.
“After he sat down, I wrote him a note asking for details about movie in the park,” Jayroe said. Senn told her it cost the city about $1,000 and provided her with the name of the company that handled it.
Jayroe said a copyright cost would need to be considered for the overall costs, but regardless of the cost, the event would be free to the public.
Councilman Russell Ruff had worries about the reaction from the community. He asked if taxpayers would be OK with paying for the event and Jayroe said that the taxpayers had requested it.
If Little Mountain can hold a movie night, it would have to be in Reunion Park and the film would need to be older to help keep the copyright cost down.
Council also discussed the Little Mountain Reunion, which was held Aug. 2. Officials do not yet know how much the Little Mountain Reunion Association made from the event but whatever amount was made will go toward next year’s reunion after the $7,000 loan from the town is paid back.
One issue from the reunion was the barbecue.
“We ran out of barbecue sandwiches completely,” said Councilman Melvin L. Bowers. “We cut back on the amount we were going to bring out of fear of competition. However, that did not seem to be an issue.”
One thing the reunion did not run out of was event booklets. To help pass out the remaining books, council agreed to give stacks of books to various places in Little Mountain, including the senior center, elementary school and various businesses.
The reunion brought an opportunity to give Reunion Park updates and renovations, but some things were unable to be fixed in time for the reunion.
“We tried to get a lot of repairs done,” Jayroe said. “When we tried to repair one thing, we then found out more things needed repairs.”
Some of the updates in the park included new toilets, trimming of trees, new restroom signs and light fixtures, sprayed for mosquitoes and new soap dispensers.
One repair that was unable to be done in time was electrical work due to damage of the underground wires.
“I think the underground electrical wiring was damaged during the sewage issues and where the pipes were installed,” said Jayroe.
That work, as well as work on road beds and moving of one of the stages, is currently on the agenda to be fixed.
Council also decided to use a $5,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful to buy new trash cans to put around Little Mountain. The mayor was looking into why trash cans were not being purchased by other towns before moving forward.
“The reason no one buys trash cans anymore is because they do not want to pay to have someone pick them up,” said Jayroe. “However, we do not pay someone now anyway, so let’s go ahead with purchasing trash cans.”
Currently council members alternate emptying public town trash cans and cleaning the parks each month. Susan Epting is in charge of it this month.
In other business:
• Jayroe requested that council look at the trees in Reunion Park and decide if some should be culled. Bowers suggested the Sweet Gum tress be culled.
• SC&T recently put flood lights up at a clearing a short way down Reunion Drive for a weekend, which stopped anyone from parking there at night. Council will look into having flood lights installed permanently to prevent illegal activities from continuing.
• The deadline to turn in election petitions for a council seat has passed. Petitions were received from Councilman D.H. “Jeff” Jefcoat and Mardy Frick.