Williston approves money for gang task force

Williston Town Council voted Feb. 10 to join the intergovernmental agreement to fund a gang task force in the county. Williston's share of the cost is $31,000 - $10 per resident in the town. Each year, councils have to vote to re-approve funding for the task force.
The task force's budget totals $310,803 for the first year and includes the purchase of vehicles and equipment such as guns, ballistic vests, and radios. The salaries for the task force are listed at $30,000 each for four investigators.
Sheriff Ed Carroll wants a four-man task force that will focus solely on gang and drug activity in the county. He said he would like to start the task force "ASAP," but he added it would take a while to get the correct personnel in place.
In other business:
Council voted to give $10,000 to the town's fire department to help complete restoration of the 1936 fire truck. The fire department is expected to pay back the money next fiscal year. The truck, once restored, will be used at special events and will be on display for the public to see.
Council went into closed session to discuss the possible termination of a public works employee and the ongoing dilemma regarding the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission. After the session, council voted unanimously to terminate the employee - Town Administrator Kenny Cook said it was for a rules violation.
Council was presented information from a group that would like to build a memorial for the late Daisy Robinson. The group wants the memorial to be on town property, which requires council's approval. Council didn't take any action on the matter.
Surveys have been sent out in the Elko Street area as part of the town's application for grant money for infrastructure improvements to the area. It is very important that residents who receive a survey fill it out and return it to the town, Cook said.