Williston town administrator takes new job with SCANA

Williston's town administrator, Scott Neely, tendered his resignation to Mayor Tommy Rivers and the Williston Town Council.

Neely will start his new job around Aug. 9 working for SCANA as an economic developer and local government representative for the corporation, he said.

Neely's last day with the town of Williston will be Aug. 6.

"Williston has become like home and the mayor, council and staff have been like family," Neely said.

In his new job, Neely will be working with municipal governments in several counties, including Barnwell County, he said.

"I'm not going to be going far away," Neely said.

"They are in the process of looking into an interim (administrator)," Angela Overton, the town clerk said.

The town will also seek the advice of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments on replacing Neely, she said.

In other council news:

A long-awaited outcome finally came to a property in Williston.

Neely told council the Harper Street lot had been cleared and the town will bill Gary Lyons, the property owner, for the clean-up.

If Lyons doesn't pay the bill, the town can put a lien on the property, and it would be collected as delinquent property taxes are collected from county property owners, Neely said.

Lyons has not lived at the Harper Street address for some time, he said.

The clean-up cost the town $4,450 and was done by Circle W Hauling and Land Clearing of Beech Island.

• Council had a final reading on ordinance 2010-03, which rezoned property owned by Outdoor Rental.

• Neely was given latitude during the June council meeting to find a replacement truck for the town. Neely said he had purchased a 1997 Ford F-150 for $3,000.

• On July 11, a large water line break occurred in town. Councilman Milton Widener said the crews worked quickly to repair the damaged line.

"They did an excellent job," Widener said.

• Rivers and Town Council heard a request from Shirley Young who is part of a group mentoring youth. Young asked Town Council if the group could use its chambers to hold meetings until a more suitable place is found.

Rivers said Young should see if a Williston school would allow them to meet at its facilities because the town uses the chambers often, especially in the evening.

Rivers said if she could not find a place, council would try and work out a schedule with her.

• Council also approved a S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice agreement for housing juveniles at its Columbia facility.

Neely said there was no change in the cost per day from last fiscal year, which is $50.