By Betsy Finklea
Several matters were discussed at the Dillon City Council’s May meeting.
In his report, Mayor Todd Davis discussed the Dilmar property that was donated to the city which consists of the old Belk store, the furniture store, and an existing business. Davis said the old Belk building has asbestos issues, but the building beside it is not as much of a problem.
Davis said something needs to be done with the property. He said he felt the options they had were: 1) To put it up for sale with no stipulations or 2) Demolish the old Belk building and make a green-type space or parking space, moderately revitalize the building beside it and then put is up for sale. He said this could be marketable. Davis said he knew the city manager was ready to get this property off his hands, and it will help Main Street.
City Manager Glen Wagner said he would like to bring it back up in June and get some drawings done on it.
Davis commended the city and the Dillon County Chamber of Commerce for a well-done festival. He said it was a good day with ideal weather, no problems, and good attendance.
Davis also commended Beth Hinson, who was one of five state finalists for State Teacher of the year.
Davis said that the City of Dillon assisted the Town of Rowland after the tornado.
Davis also reviewed the latest with the Dillon County Public-Private Partnership Board.
Wagner also briefly discussed the budget for the coming year.
The council scheduled a workshop for May 23rd.
The two largest costs in the general fund would be a three percent salary increase for all full-time employees and an increase in health insurance costs. He said money has also been included to replace a forklift and backhoe and to get a new truck.
The general fund would increase about $146,000 to $5.1 million, and th e water and sewer fund was increase about $212,000 to $3.4 million.
There would be no increases in taxes and fees.
Wagner said he asked a Highway Department representative to appear before the council in June. The state is looking at redesigning the intersection at Old Marion and Jackson Streets because it has been deemed the most dangerous intersection in Dillon County.
By Betsy Finklea