RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway will soon make two new hires following the acceptance of town council’s offers to bring in a part-time position in the maintenance department and a part-time police officer.
Following an executive session to discuss personnel matters, council recommended the town hire Jeff Wilkinson in the maintenance department and Antonio Addison in the police department.
Mayor Charlene Herring expects both applicants to accept the offered positions.
The recommendation to hire Addison was approved unanimously in regular session. Councilman Donald Prioleau conducted the interview with Addison, who is from Columbia. The police department is currently operating with just one part-time officer, Donald Johnson.
Herring said the town currently has only one employee working in the maintenance department, who also works in the water department. The maintenance department used to employ two people according to Herring.
“There is just so much more to do than we’ve had in the past,” she noted. “And he (Wilkinson) has been the most consistent person to help with maintenance as we’ve needed it.”
Herring said Wilkinson will work two days per week or as needed.
In new business, Little Cedar Creek Campground owner Chris Curtis made a request for the town’s assistance to extend water to the campgrounds. The site currently holds 28 campsites, but is looking to expand to an additional 30 sites.
Little Cedar Creek is using wells and would require an additional 2,500 feet of water line to be installed.
“The town always wants to promote growth and development,” Herring said, but would have to inquire about how many gallons the campground uses per day and how many would be needed following the addition of the new 30 new sites.
Herring noted that the town would need to check with the Town of Winnsboro to ensure the capacity would be available through the terms of their contract.
According to Herring, Ridgeway doesn’t use all the water Winnsboro sends and she is hopeful the deal would be doable.
She also noted the town would have to check with engineering firm regarding the installation of the water line.
Ridgeway does not currently have the funds to engineer, construct and install the water line and would have to see if there are any available grants to work with the campground.
Herring said depending on how much the cost is, some of the cost could be passed to Little Cedar Creek.
“There are still a lot of things left on the table that we need to investigate,” she stated.
The next town council meeting is March 13.