Blackville discusses police cars

Blackville Town Council is trying to get two new police cars for the town.
A public hearing was held Aug. 19 to discuss the need for new patrol cars. The hearing is part of the application process the town must go through in order to qualify for grant funds for the cars.
No residents spoke during the hearing, but Mayor Michael Beasley said the town is trying to upgrade its aging fleet of police cruisers. He said the police department currently has seven active patrol cars.
The town's regular council meeting was held immediately after the public hearing. During the meeting, Councilman Kelvin Isaac presented the town's Business of the Month award to Pat Smith with the Blackville Post Office.
Isaac said he's glad Blackville's post office is still serving the community during a time when other small towns are seeing their post offices close.
Smith said the Blackville Post Office is here to stay. "Y'all don't worry, we're going to be here," she said.
Council then voted unanimously to approve matching funds for grant money received for the water-distribution-system-loop improvement project. The town recently received $500,000 as part of a Community Development Block Grant. The town must match 10 percent of the funds: $50,000.The matching funds are accounted for in the current year's budget.
The project will make improvements to nearly 17,000 feet of water line in the southern and western portions of the town. Also, 16 new fire hydrants will be installed.
In other news:
Three of Blackville's council seats will be up for grabs in November. Residents have until Aug. 30 to file if they want to run for office. The seats are all at-large, and people can file with the town clerk. The filing fee is $75. The three seats are currently held by Allen Harrison, Steve Jowers and Russ Reed.
After the meeting, the town held a reception to celebrate the public service award it received from the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The award was for the town's Community Action Team, which is made up officials and residents who want to make Blackville a stronger community. The trophy the town received is on display at Town Hall.