Williston works on its abandoned properties; increases tap fees

The town of Williston is moving forward with cleaning up abandoned properties inside the town limits.

Currently the town of Williston has notified property owners for property located on Harper Street. The propery is owned by the Lion family.

Town administrator, Scott Neely said the current owners have contacted the town to say they are in the process of selling the property.

Neely said the town would wait a couple of weeks to see if the sale goes through before proceeding with the actions to have the property cleaned up.

Another property the town has on its clean up list is a property on Jones Ray Circle. The current owners live in Pennsylvania and after being contacted by the town, are interested in cleaning up the property on their own, Neely said.

In other business:

• approved a second and final reading of ordinance, 2009-02, increasing the water tap fees for the town. The ordinance increases the tap fees to $400 for a routine tap. A non-routine tap will be based on the actual cost of the labor, materials and/or contractual services required to make the tap and install the meter, plus 10 percent.

There is a $400 minimum for non-routine taps.

The first reading for the water tap fee increase was held during the April 13 meeting.

• approved a first reading of ordinance 2009-03 to amend the fiscal year 2009 budget.

• approved a first reading of ordinance 2009-04 establishing the budget for fiscal year 2010.

• scheduled a budge workshop for May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

• received an update in reference to the softball field located beside the library. A resident reported feeling a "tingle" when they closed the field gate. Calvin Melton responded and also felt the "tingle." South Carolina Electric and Gas was called in and after inspections, it is believed the culprit is in the underground wiring. That wiring has been disconnected until it can be inspected and repairs made if necessary.

• preparations for a June celebration with Crane is also being finalized. Councilman Michael Benjamin also suggested the cleanup around the city hall and downtown begin in preparation for this celebration.

Crane announced earlier this year it will expand the facilities in Williston, by hiring an additional 1,000 people over the next five years.