WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro made a motion to lift the hiring freeze in the gas, water and sewer department after nearly 90 minutes in executive session Tuesday night.
Councilman Clyde Sanders made the motion to lift the hiring freeze for three positions. The positions were budgeted but had been frozen, according to Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy.
“With all the work that needs to be done and being short-staffed, we feel like it is in the best interest of that department to lift the freeze off and try to hire some more personnel,” he said.
Gaddy said the town would like to find applicants that already have some training in gas, water and sewer.
“We would like to find some with experience so we don’t have to spend a lot of time training and bringing them up to speed,” he explained. “We would like to look at hiring some people that have experience in the area.”
The motion was passed unanimously.
Sagging Pants Ordinance
Council accepted a draft on a “sagging pants” ordinance as information. First reading will be held at the next regular scheduled meeting on July 15.
Gaddy said there was no fear that the ordinance was over reaching the bounds of the law.
“It’s not (over reaching) as long as you keep your pants up,” Gaddy said with a chuckle.
Council unanimously approved its attorney to draft an ordinance during the June 3 meeting.
Sanders told The Herald Independent in June that the town’s attorneys had located a similar ordinance in Manning in Clarendon County. Manning is the county seat in Clarendon County, much like Winnsboro is the county seat in Fairfield County. Manning’s population is approximately 4,052 according to a census report in 2012. During that same year, Winnsboro’s census report reported a population of 4,454.
“I would like to get our attorney to look at what we can do to get the pants pulled up around the waist,” Sanders stated during the June 3 meeting. “It’s embarrassing to me to walk into Walmart or to walk down Main Street and have somebody holding their pants up just to take a step.”
Legal and contractual matters regarding the Blythewood franchise agreement and the sale of water to Sycamore Development were accepted as information following the July 1 executive session.
Sycamore Development is a housing development off Rimer Pond Road in Blythewood and are asking the Town of Winnsboro for water taps.
Following the meeting, Gaddy wasn’t exactly sure if the Town of Winnsboro would be able to fulfill the request or not.
“I believe it’s a development that may have changed hands several times,” he noted. “We’re in negotiations with them.”
Town Manager Don Wood said the development is now projecting the need for 107 taps.