WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Town Council voted Tuesday to research security options and spend up to $10,000 on security for Town Hall.
“I’d like to make a recommendation to reconsider my motion from earlier on security,” said Councilman Clyde Sanders, District 3.
Previously, Sanders had motioned the council consider spending up to $14,000 on new security measures for Town Hall.
“My concerns are that we watch the news at night, we hear everything, people are walking in an shooting people, or doing whatever,” Sanders said. “Everybody always says that can’t happen in Winnsboro, but it happens everywhere else. I feel like it’s our duty and obligation to the town employees to provide a safe, secure environment for their work, but we don’t have that.”
Council had previously discussed improving Town Hall security, but elected to table talks until after budget had been set and adopted.
“I would like to put it in a motion that we spend money to secure our building,” Sanders said. “Now, we’re spending money on parks and recreation and everything else, and we’ve not had anything happen in the Town of Winnsboro, but do we have to wait for something bad to happen in order to say we need to provide security? I don’t think so.”
Councilman Stan Klaus, District 2, asked if there was a line item in the budget corresponding with Town Hall security.
Town Manager Don Wood said there was a rough estimate of $14,000 in the capital expenditure budget, and Sanders motioned for council spend up to $14,000 to procure a security system with cameras and controlled door access.
“We’re talking about a one-time, pretty much, expense to do this,” Sanders said.
The initial motion passed with a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Jackie Wilkes, District 4, as the lone dissenting vote.
However, after executive session, Sanders motioned to reconsider his previous motion and amended the motion to include a $10,000 cap.
The new motion passed unanimously.
Council voted to support several Back to School Bashes and Carolina Community Action’s luncheon.
Mayor Roger Gaddy said it was his understanding Carolina Community Action helps many Winnsboro utility costumers and it would be appropriate for Council to consider an official sponsorship of a luncheon.
Council voted unanimously to become silver level sponsors for $200.
Councilman Danny Miller brought two Back to School Bashes to council’s attention and motioned to donate $300 from his crime prevention fund to both Betty Young and Edwenda Armstrong. Klaus, Sanders and Wilkes motioned to donate $50 each from their crime prevention funds to support Young’s back to school endeavor.
Sanders motioned to donate $50 from his crime prevention to help fund Armstrong’s Zion Hill Prevention Save the Kids’ Stuff the Bus, and Klaus motioned to donate $100 from his fund.
“This is in memory of Tilly Armstrong, the one who started it all,” Klaus said.
Wanda Carnes, vice chair for Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute school board, asked council for financial assistance.
“Our enrollment has doubled since last year,” Carnes said. “A lot of people ask why we waited until the last second to ask anyone for assistance, and the issue is it started out with 72 children last year, and we have currently enrolled 155 children K-6 so we ended up having to add three modules to accommodate the children.”
Carnes said the surge in enrollment is why MSI is seeking aid.
Carnes said MSI is in need of the water, sewer and power for the three modules as well as 1,200 feet of two-inch PVC pipe and 350 feet of 4-inch PVC pipe. She added waiving the sewer tap fee would be significantly helpful.
“Every penny that we save is going to go to the children’s education,” Carnes said. “It’s not going into my back pocket.”
Gaddy said the request would be considered.
Winnsboro Town Council’s next regular meeting is Aug. 18 at 6:15 p.m.
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