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Winnsboro council approves tree purchase

First Posted: 2:30 pm - August 24th, 2015

By Ben Hohenstatt - bhohenstatt@civitasmedia.com



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WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Town Council voted to paint Winnsboro Town Hall and to purchase an artificial tree to serve as the town Christmas tree.

The Winnsboro Town Council finance committee recommended council approve the painting the first and second floor rooms of Winnsboro Town Hall.

“We recommended hiring A1 Painters to paint the downstairs of Town Hall at $5,725 and the second floor at $3,890,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jack Wilkes.

The recommendation was approved.

“We talked about it at last council meeting, about what had happened to the tree we’d been using,” said William Medlin, electric utility director for Town of Winnsboro. “I went and put out bids for an 18- to 20-foot Christmas tree.”

Medlin said in addition to the cost of an artificial tree, he would recommend council budget for decorations because the trees do not come decorated.

“They come with lights on, they do not come with decorations,” Medlin said.

Potential placement of the tree was discussed.

“This tree will be smaller,” Medlin said. “We will be able to put it back in front of the Town Clock without interfering with traffic.”

Councilman Clyde Sanders, District 3, asked about the relative lifespan and stability of an artificial tree.

Medlin said a counterweight system will ensure the tree is sturdy and able to withstand wind. He said an artificial tree should last up to 10 years.

“More if you water it,” Wilkes joked.

Councilman Stan Klaus, District 2, motioned for the finance committee to recommend the purchase of a $4,800, 18-foot tree from Holiday Designs. The recommendation was unanimously approved.

After executive session, council approved a resolution authorizing the Town of Winnsboro to enter into a water service agreement for development with Rimer Pond Land Investors LLC for Coatbridge Subdivision in Richland County, and to authorize Mayor Roger Gaddy to sign the agreement on behalf of the Town of Winnsboro.

The resolution was approved unanimously.

Winnsboro Town Council next meets Sept. 1 t Town Hall at 6:15 p.m.

By Ben Hohenstatt

bhohenstatt@civitasmedia.com

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