Town will lend assistance to cemetery

Lucas Vance Staff Writer

September 10, 2013

WINNSBORO — During a recent Winnsboro Town Council meeting, Bill Castles with the Streets and Sanitation Department asked for the town’s assistance in cleaning up a cemetery on Cemetery Street.

It is unknown who owns the cemetery, but Mayor Roger Gaddy said “there is a lot of significance to that property.”

To prevent the reoccurring assistance, Castles suggested the cleanup be a one-time act of mowing the grass and picking up trash around the property.

A motion to approve the request was made by Councilman Clyde Sanders. It passed unanimously.

Town Manager Don Wood said the only cost of the cleanup would be the labor and he did not anticipate the job taking any long than a half-day of work.

“Our guys are pretty quick for a small area like that,” he noted.

In new business, council went over the first reading of an ordinance to revise the Town of Winnsboro Zoning Code.

Through the recommendation of the Planning Commission, the ordinance is to allow the Farmer’s Market in the C-1 and C-2 districts. The ordinance also amends the definitions of a farmer’s market, flea market and a yard sale/garage sale/rummage sale.

A second reading of the ordinance along with a public hearing will be held at the next council meeting on Sept. 17.

In other business, Councilman Jack Wilkes commented on the progress of the Town Clock’s rehabilitation.

“It is going extremely well,” he stated. “The clock looks 100 percent better.”

Wilkes suggested council use the Town Clock as a focal point for Christmas decorations in downtown Winnsboro.

“We may have to find someone to take care of that, but we need to look into it,” he told council.

Gaddy asked Wood to look into was has been done in the past, so that council could review their options at a future meeting.

Council went into executive session to discuss a proposed property donation and came to a consensus without a vote to not accept the property, saying the town already has buildings to maintain and could not take on another. Council decided to advise the building’s owner of local 501-C3 (non-profit) organizations that might be able to take on the building.

The property is owned by previous professional, and the owner wanted to see if the town was interested in taking over the building.