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Town of Bethune closes 2017 on positive notes

Posted: January 2, 2018 12:19 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Bethune Town Council closed out 2017 with some positive notes and ambitious goals for the coming year.

Councilman Don Witham reported that the new stoplight for the town’s main intersection is now installed and functional. The project, which called for significant improvements to the intersection at S.C. 341 and U.S. 1 included a stoplight, which replaced a four-way stop and caution light as well as delineated crosswalks, pedestrian signal controls, and other such pedestrian friendly amenities, was paid for with a state grant in the amount of $650,000. 

The town will have an official dedication ceremony in the near future, Witham said.

The town is also considering options regarding a new billing software system for the town water department. Currently, billing for water service is done totally by hand, Witham said. This not only is extremely time consuming but increases the chances for billing errors. A new automated system will eliminate many issues and make the system far more efficient. Council will likely make a decision during its meeting in January, he said.

Witham also said the town’s Vision 2016 committee, a volunteer group under the auspices of town council that takes on beautification/improvement projects around town, has agreed to take on an important project in the coming year. The group will pay for half the cost of resurfacing the floor of the Bethune Woman’s Club building on King Street. The floor, which is a cement material will be ground down, leveled, resurfaced and sealed. The cost of the project is estimated to be $8,400; the committee will pay half and the town will pay half, Witham said.

Police Chief Joey Cobb reported that the department is going to resume a children’s I.D. program. That is, parents who wish to participate can bring their child to the Bethune Police Department and have a photo I.D. card made for their child/children.

During the meeting, council recognized outgoing councilman John Fulmer, thanking him for his service on council. Fulmer, whose term expires this month, did not seek re-election. Councilman elect Jimmy Lucas Jr. will be officially sworn into that seat during the January meeting. Council also officially recognized and thanked Bubba Hinson for his work in organizing and directing the annual town Christmas parade.

Bethune Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Jan.11 in Bethune Town Hall, 101 Elm St., Bethune.  Meetings are open to the public. For more information call (843) 334-6238.

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