Dillon City Council Discusses Several Matters

By Betsy Finklea
Several different matters were discussed at the Dillon City Council meeting held recently.
In the mayor’s report, Mayor Todd Davis said he couldn’t believe the garbage on I-95 South. He said it makes a bad impression. He plans to speak with the county administrator to see about what they can do to get it cleaned up.
The mayor said he attended a reception for the new Secretary of Commerce at Abingdon Manor.
He also mentioned the serious sewer issue near East school, the increased Highway Patrol presence, and his concerns about Dillon becoming a dumping ground for sewer.
In his report, City Manager Glen Wagner said that he met with a Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments representative about funding for the water storage facility, but they said it was not a good fit for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) infrastructure program.
Wagner said in an e-mail from the Municipal Association it stated that Congress was looking to cut the CDBG money by 7.5 percent. In about two years, this money will probably be non-existent.
Wagner said they are expecting the new census figures the first of April.
The odor near the railroad crossing on Commerce Drive was discussed.
There is an odor scrubber that can be built to reduce the odor. The cost for the equipment and to install it would be about $80,000.
Wagner said hopefully they would have numbers on the health insurance by next month. This may require a special meeting to discuss this.
In other business:
-Economic Development Director Tonny McNeil appeared to inform the council about the produce stand program. After a discussion and seeing the requirements, the council decided that they were not interested.
-Revitalization Coordinator Maggie Riales updated the council on the Brownfield project.
-The council heard from Buddy Rourke who pointed out problems regarding loose dogs and litter and offered solutions.
-The council approved the second reading of the following ordinances:
Ordinance #11-01- To Adopt the Mandatory 2009 Edition of the International Codes,
Ordinance #11-02- To Adopt and Amend the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and
Ordiance #11-03- Amend Zoning Map for Terry McRae property (corner of West Calhoun St. and First Avenue).

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