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Bethune council agrees to water line request
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Bethune Town Council agreed to a request by residents John Dan McLaurin and Hugh Clyburn to utilize a 6-inch water line in place of an adjacent 2-inch water line in the event of trouble on the smaller line. Council agreed to the request during its Jan. 13 meeting.

McLaurin and Clyburn met with council to discuss the water lines on Norwood Street. McLaurin stated that trees planted by his family years ago down the middle of Norwood Street had since died and were in the process by being replaced by Clyburn. Clyburn, he said, had cut down and removed the dead trees which he perceived as a possible safety threat.

Clyburn and McLaurin said Norwood Street had a dual water line consisting of the 2- and 6-inch lines, with the 2-inch line running down the middle of the street. They requested that in the event there was trouble on the 2-inch line in the future, it be disconnected and the 6-inch line used to service the few homes currently on the 2-inch line. They said this would prevent any leaks that might require digging up the new trees in the future.

In other news, council:

• decided to wait until the new gym is built to determine where a flag pole would be placed in its park; and

• unanimously agreed to a motion by Councilwoman Gayle Beasley to send Water Operator Larry Davis to a safety seminar in Myrtle Beach at a cost of $199.

Bethune Town Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 101 Elm St.; all meetings are open to the public.