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Substation for Pegram Rural Fire District a Definite Possibility

The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session last Thursday. Gene Evans was absent.

During the sewer board meeting, Vice Mayor Bill Herbert stated that although the January analysis back yet, but by all indications it would be as good as December’s was and “December was excellent”, Herbert said.

Mayor Morehead thanked everyone who helped after the recent tornado/storms. He added that the town will probably be able to run the chipper this month, somewhere toward the end of February. Watch the S. C. Advocate’s public notices for more information.

The Pegram Volunteer Fire Department finished 2012 with 207 total calls. No injuries to fire fighters. The board approved a new set of personnel rules and regulations for the fire department. They include new items like social networking, sexual harassment, workplace harassment, the rules have gone from 20+ pages to 50+ pages. The changes were approved unanimously.

In other Fire Department news, discussion has begun on finding a location for a substation in the county area outside of Pegram town limits, (Sam’s Creek, Little Pond Creek, Indian Springs Rd. area). “There’s money there to build a station”, Chief Brent Stuart said, and having a substation in the county area will lower insurance premiums for those affected. The board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to move forward with planning and searching for property for the substation, (approximately 1/2 acre).

Also approved on first reading was Ordinance 2013-79, repealing section 2-201 Committee of the Whole. There will be a public hearing before final reading at the February 28th Town meeting at 7p.m.

Due to a miscalculation on the part of Town Engineer Brad Bivens, the town owes a bill for $106,392.75, rather than the originally estimated $75,000. The board voted unanimously to pay the amount immediately. Herbert wanted to make sure all were aware that the unexpected costs were cutting into the $50,000 fund balance that the board wanted to maintain in the Street Fund. “This is going to put us at about $30,000 … If we have an emergency, there’s a possibility that we could be in trouble”, but added that it would have to be something like the 2010 flood to put them in that kind of trouble. He added that if anticipated FEMA funds come in, things will be back in shape.

The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen meet the last Thursday of each month at 7p.m.

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