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City Appearance Board awarded two new grants

Part of last Tuesday’s Walterboro City Council meeting brought good news to the city. Dana Cheney, Chairman of the City of Walterboro’s Appearance Board began by having David Nay recognize the recent winners from the first annual city holiday decorating contest. The winners were presented with prizes. The business winners were as follows: First Place- Simply Yours Interiors, Second Place- Body Basics by Natalie, Third Place- Thurston’s Barber Shop. The residential winners were First Place- 318 Churchill and Second Place- 620 Dowling Street. After the awards were announced Summer Nay, Vice-Chairman and grant writer for the appearance board , presented the city with two grants they were recently awarded. First, a check for $3,000 was presented to Mayor Young from the 2018 Palmetto Pride Community Grant and can be used for additional trash cans. Next, a check for $5,000 was presented to Wade Marvin, Chief of Police, from the 2018 Palmetto Pride Law Enforcement Grant that will be used for cameras to catch litter bugs in the act.

Summer Nay admits grant writing is something she is learning as she goes but in the last six months the grants she has written has earned the city $13,000. She hopes to double that amount soon and is currently searching for more state and federal grants Walterboro is eligible for.

Nay says the Appearance Board’s long term goal is to ensure that there is no trash on our street and that the citizens of Walterboro all feel responsible and a sense of pride in caring for their city. Cheney added the board has recently come up with a new motto: “A clean city is a happy city” and would like for others to adopt this motto as well.

In other city council news, the council approved a lease purchase for a freightliner grapple truck for the public works department as well as the financing terms. It was also approved to purchase a pickup truck for the water department from Rizer Chevrolet. Council also approved the purchase of a self-contained breathing apparatus compressor for the Fire Department. It was explained this device would be used to fill personal breathers and would replace a 30 year old device that is currently being used. Council also approved the hanging of various banners during several different weeks of the spring advertising multiple causes and activities being held. After an executive session, they appointed Cole Crosby to the Building Board and no other action was taken. The next city council meeting will be held in council chambers on March 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm.

Christie Slocum (545 Posts)