Barnwell city council protests closing of Yucca Mountain

Barnwell City Council in its March 1 regular meeting passed a resolution stating its objection to the Federal government's closing of the Yucca Mountain Repository.

The federal government has decided to abandon the permanent disposal facility at Yucca Mountain and the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization asked area towns to pass a resolution as to the town's position on Yucca Mountain.

In a letter to the city of Barnwell, SRSCRO chairman J. David Jameson and Vice chairman Dr. Marc Miller stated that if a "promised Federal solutions is provided, The Savannah River Site will likely become a de facto permanent repository for the waste that is currently stored there."

SRSCRO plans to use these resolutions in coordination with the CSRA Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference when they visit Washington, D.C. during a session in late April.

The SRSCRO will use the resolutions to communicate the consensus of the region when speaking in Washington, D.C.

In other business:

• Rhonda McElveen, Barnwell County Clerk of Court updated council on upcoming sessions of court for the coming weeks and the new CMS training.
The training will begin March 15, she said.
This training is on the new electronic court system the county and the city will be using to streamline operations.

• John Zawacki updated council on several on-going projects.
The man-hole has now be replaced behind the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, he said.
Zawacki said the Main Street force main had been sent out for bids. This project will replace the force main in that area.
The S.C. Department of Transportation will be including cross-walks at the top of the hill and near Sport's Convenience store, he said.
Zawacki said these are areas which are difficult for residents to cross the four-lane road. No date was given for the installation of the cross-walks.

• Emily Randall, the Recreation Director said 180 area children participated in the winter basketball program with the city this year and her department is gearing up for the spring sports.
Already, 16 tournaments have booked usage of the Lemon Park sports complex.
The first of those tournaments will begin this weekend.
Randall also reported the city has already rented out the use of some of the fields for spring practice for area teams.
Council approved a request from Lynn Cox to include the city of Barnwell on FaceBook.