Williston Town Council hears fire department request

First Byline: 
Will Whaley - Staff Writer

Williston Fire Department is trying to adopt the service of Innovapad to help get some expenses reimbursed.
Innovapad first came into Barnwell County when Barnwell City Fire Department agreed in July to start using Innovapad to gain reimbursement for some of the expenses they had incurred for services, particularly with car accidents.
Like Barnwell Fire Chief Tony Dicks, Williston Fire Chief Milton Widener said Innovapad will not bill the individual, only the insurance company.
"If there are more than two parties in an accident, then the person at fault's insurance company will be billed," said Widener.
Innovapad deals with costs that fire departments have when they respond to events such as car wrecks.
"There were at least 15 wrecks this year that we could have gotten reimbursed for," said Widener.
Council did not take action on the request at their August 11 meeting.
Widener also expressed his need for more first responders for the Williston Fire Department.
Widener also talked about trying to get another forestry grant. Widener recently applied for an $8,000 grant but was denied because of a $9,000 grant received in 2012.
Widener asked for town council approval to put in for another grant but, forestry grants that are received must have a match of half of the amount.
"My budget does not have the funds for the match," said Widener to council.
In other news:
•Town Administrator Kenny Cook's contract was renewed for another year after closed session.
•Mayor Jason Stapleton recognized members of the W-E CommUNITY Coalition and the job they did at their school supply giveaway on Sunday, August 10.
•Stapleton also recognized Williston police officer Alan Kennedy who graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy on August 8.
•Cook reported he is opening up a bid for the new roof at council chambers which was damaged after recent large amounts of rain. The bid opens on August 25 at 1 p.m.