Winnsboro not worried about drought

First Posted: 10:25 am - July 24th, 2015

By Ben Hohenstatt - bhohenstatt@civitasmedia.com

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WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy has asked water customers to begin a voluntary reduction in water usage in light of moderate drought conditions in Fairfield County.

Gaddy read from a Moderate Drought Proclamation passed down from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The proclamation included a list of voluntary ways to reduce water usage.

Gaddy clarified that the town of Winnsboro’s water supply remains plentiful.

Suggested water use reduction methods included reducing water usage to 65 gallons per day-per person with a maximum usage of 200 gallons per household per day; eliminating the washing of sidewalks, driveways. parking lots and tennis courts; eliminating washing buildings for reasons other than immediate fire protection; eliminating the flushing of gutters; eliminating washing vehicles; eliminating the use of water to maintain decorative bodies of water; reducing the amount of used for lawn and garden maintenance; and reducing water obtained from fire hydrants for reasons other than necessary flushing or firefighting.

During the Town’s monthly finance meeting, Town Manager Don Wood elaborated when asked about the town’s reservoir.

“You can see the tip of that turtle rock, we call it, but we haven’t been pumping from Sand Creek Pump Station, but we are going to get that back up and get the reservoir back up,” Wood said. “With regard to this drought, we’re doing fine, but as you’ll see on the agenda, the state mandates we’ve got to proclaim a drought.”

Winnsboro resident Eddie Branham detailed ongoing efforts to improve and beautify his property, which was previously the subject of multiple complaints.

“I just would like to know what else I’ve got to do to satisfy some folks on Evans Street about my property,” Branham said.

Branham said he has attempted to meet the standards of his property’s neighbors, but continues to receive complaints via certified letters.

“I keep getting certified letters, and I’m just getting tired of having to deal with all of this,” Branham said.

Gaddy asked Branham to inform Council of some of the already completed work.

“I cleaned up all of the old air conditioning units, hauled all of those away,” Branham said. “I cut the grass, and I’m in the process of building a privacy fence on either side of the house.”

Branham said he has done his best to ensure his property will not be a source of future complaints.

Wood said it was his understanding, after the completion of the privacy fence, the property will meet town ordinance standards.

Bill Castles, director of Building and Zoning and director of Streets and Sanitation for Town of Winnsboro, confirmed.

Councilman Clyde Sanders, District 3, said in his opinion, Branham has done admirable work.

“I’d just like to say, I’ve ridden by there, and I think you’ve done a helluva job,” Sanders said. “I think it looks good myself.”

Council voted in favor of purchasing a new ice machine, which was recommended by the finance committee.

The machine is 17 to 20 years old and in need of repair. The cost of replacing the machine’s compressor is $3,500. The price of purchasing and installing a new machine with a three-year warranty is $5,700.

Winnsboro Town Council’s next meeting is at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 11 at Town Hall.

By Ben Hohenstatt


Reach Ben Hohenstatt at 803-635-4016. Follow him on Twitter @WinnsboroHerald


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