Barnwell prepares for holidays
The City of Barnwell is getting ready for Christmas.
“We are gearing up for the Christmas season,” said Lynn McEwen, the city’s tourism and downtown development director, during city council’s Nov. 6 meeting.
City Administrator John Zawacki announced that former city employee Shane Baxley has donated a beautiful Leyland cypress tree. It will be the focal point during the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service with Love Light Dedication will be Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the Circle. This will be followed by the Christmas by Candlelight shopping downtown with snow guaranteed in the forecast.
The Christmas parade is Saturday, Dec. 2. S.C. Rep. Lonnie Hosey will be the grand marshal.
Parks & Recreation
Parks and Recreation Director Pamela Davis said the recent football season went well with 184 players and cheerleaders. The 7 and 8-year-old team competed in a championship game on Nov. 4 against Bamberg, but came up a little short with a score of 22-16.
“Those little fellas played their hearts out,” she said.
Basketball season starts Jan. 2 and has 121 participants signed up.
Davis said she was working with the Top Gun Baseball Tournament to use Lemon Park as an overflow park, if needed, for a tournament in Aiken on Nov. 11 and 12. She is working with Top Gun on possible tournaments in Barnwell for the spring.
Upcoming events include: Breakfast with Santa at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2, Candy Candy Hunt on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., and the Daddy/Daughter Dance at Barnwell Elementary on Feb. 9.
Though the city hoped to acquire and use the wells at the former Sara Lee plant on Dunbarton Boulevard to assist with water usage from the Orchids Paper Plant, the Department of Health and Environmental Control will not approve permits for the wells.
Zawacki said DHEC also won’t permit the old wells at the site of the former Milliken plant on Jackson Street because they are old and were never for potable drinking water.
If Orchids builds a second paper mill, Zawacki said the city would have to have another well installed and build a water tank.
In other news:
• City employees Ben Hiers and Blake Collins successfully tested and received their Category 8 pesticide license for the city’s mosquito control program. “We will now finalize our mosquito program guidelines with DHEC and we will be ready for the next season,” said Zawacki.
• Council signed a statewide mutual aid agreement. While they had signed one in the past, the state updated the agreement and requested the new signature. Fire Chief Tony Dicks said this is also a requirement for a grant he’s working on.
• Council also approved an AIA agreement with Tilden Hilderbrand and McDonald Law Firm related to the architect design for the new police and fire departments.
• Following a closed session, council unanimously approved authorizing Zawacki to negotiate on purchasing a property on Jefferson Street. The property would be part of the site where a new police department will be built.