WINNSBORO — Town council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the final reading of an ordinance outlawing sagging pants within town limits.
The ordinance passed without any public comments during the public hearing.
Officially, Ordinance 080514 is an ordinance to make certain findings and determinations; to adopt certain definitions; to prohibit the wearing of certain attire; to provide for violations and penalties.
The ordinance prohibits any person to appear in a public place wearing his or her pants more than three inches below his or her hips and thereby exposing his or her skin or intimate clothing.
It is also prohibited for any custodial parent of guardian to willfully allow their minor to do so in a public place.
The ordinance will be enforced by the Winnsboro Public Safety Department, the town manager and authorized designees within the incorporated areas of the Town of Winnsboro.
Any person who violates a provision in the ordinance will be guilty of a civil infraction and subject to a $25 fine. Any civil infraction issued to a minor will be enforced in the Fairfield County Family Court and any infraction issued to an adult will be enforced in Winnsboro’s Municipal Court.
The ordinance states that council believes Winnsboro’s investments upgrading infrastructure for promoting expansion of existing businesses and attracting new businesses is being offset by those people who have not been taught appropriate life skills.
Council intends that the practices encouraged by this ordinance will reflected by Fairfield County parents, churches, schools and community organizations.
The ordinance states that the Town of Winnsboro is a community that believes their dress is important to the general welfare, health, peace, order and security of their community.
Former town councilman Bill Haslett requested the approval and funding to assist in the construction of a World War II monument. He asked permission to install the monument at the Mt. Zion Memorial Park.
The monument will be built to honor 37 former residents of Fairfield County that were killed during World War II and have not yet been recognized. Haslett has started a project to construct a monument to honor those soldiers.
“I think it’s time Fairfield County steps up to bat and honors these people,” he said.
Haslett noted that any soldier that was born or raised in Fairfield County and then enlisted in the service during World War II and died would be honored.
A list of names was provided by Fairfield County Veterans Administration, but Haslett advised that there could possibly be some names added.
At a price of $20,000, Haslett has procured Phillips Granite to install the monument. He also requested the town’s approval for a small memorial walkway to be built near the monument.
One week ago, Fairfield County Council gave the approval of $10,000 to help fund the monument’s construction.
County Council ruled in favor of funding based on a presentation Haslett made during a committee meeting.
“I believe that the county should fund this project for the soldiers of Fairfield County that gave their lives for our freedom,” Fairfield County Council Vice Chair Dwayne Perry stated on July 28. “Those men should be recognized in an appropriate manor.”
Haslett requested $5,000 in assistance from the Town of Winnsboro.
In the event there is any unused funds, Haslett noted those additional monies would be used to install benches and an American flag at the site.
“I hope the town will go to bat for us and help honor these veterans that have served us well,” Haslett petitioned.
Council did not take any action toward the funding request. The next regular scheduled council meeting is set for Aug. 19.