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Loitering could be illegal in the city under new council plans

Walterboro City Council has given its first round of approval toward creating a new ordinance that makes loitering illegal in the city.
In a vote cast Tuesday, the council approved the first reading of the new loitering ordinance. In that ordinance, the verbiage states that the city’s council and mayor are responsible for the safety of the city’s residents. It also states that no person is permitted to “loiter or prowl” in a place, “at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety of persons or property,” the ordinance reads.
The ordinance also states that before an arrest for loitering, a police officer can request that the loitering person first explain his conduct and choose to leave.
The new anti-loitering ordinance applies to all city parks, public restrooms, schools, buildings, restaurants and taverns, and dwelling areas located in the city’s limits. These dwellings include homes and apartment buildings.
The ordinance also applies to parking lots, and private and public property.
Based on the new ordinance, the term “loitering” means to linger or remain on a property after being asked to leave by the owner of the property or if there are “no loitering” signs posted.
Anyone found guilty of loitering faces a fine and/or up-to 30 days in jail.
City Council still has to give this ordinance a second reading before it is approved and can then be added to the city’s book of ordinances.
City given ‘honor roll’ status for completed training
The City of Walterboro has been added to the 2019 South Carolina Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government’s Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes annually those municipal councils that can count all sitting members as graduates of the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s MEO Institute. The council was notified about the honor by Urica P. Floyd, a staff associate for distance learning with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
Council adjusts fees for police department
During its recent council meeting, Walterboro City Council approved an ordinance to adjust the “comprehensive fee schedule” for the city’s Walterboro Police Department. According to the ordinance, the city council reviews its fees and charges routinely and then adjusts them, when necessary. The new fees were recommended by both the mayor and Walterboro City Council. According to the ordinance, the new changes by the council will increase the current fee schedule to $40 per hour, with a two-hour minimum for using the city’s police officers for security services.
The new fees and the ordinance took effect on Sept. 3rd.
Council pledges support to 2020 census
City Council also passed a resolution during their recent council meeting pledging their support of the upcoming 2020 population census. The U.S. Census Bureau is required by the United States Constitution to conduct a population count. The City of Walterboro is “committed to ensuring every resident training,” the resolution states, “and to make sure that all federal and state funding is allocated to communities.” The census is also vital in providing data needed to supply any proper government-based housing for residents who might need it. In the city’s partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau and the State of South Carolina for the population count, the city council states it will “support the goals and ideals for the 2020 census;” “encourage all residents to participate in events and initiatives that will raise the overall awareness of the 2020 census and increase participation;” “provide census advocates to speak to community and county organizations;” support census takers; and strive to achieve a complete and accurate count of all persons” within the city’s borders.
The seventh annual Ireland Creek Bridge Run will be held Thursday, Oct. 24th. As a part of the event, the city council will close one side of Ireland Creek Road and Ivanhoe Road, between Washington Street and Forest Hills Road from 5 to 7 p.m. on the 24th. The city will also provide police escorts for runners and walkers. The run is sponsored by the Walterboro Rotary Club.
Fall Festival coming in October
The Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third-annual fall festival on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. As a part of the fall festival, the chamber is sponsoring a 5K run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with registration for this event slated to happen at the parking lot next to the Discovery Center. The race will start at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office annex building, from Klein Street through the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and then onto Washington Street. The race will end at the parking lot near the Discovery Center.
More than 4,000 people attended the festival and the race in 2018.
Veterans Parade approved for Nov. 10th
The Colleton County Veterans Council has begun preparing for the organization’s upcoming Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10th at 3 p.m. in Walterboro.
This year, the Colleton County Veterans Council will recognize the Gold Star and Blue Star families, as well as honoring the county’s veterans. At its recent council meeting, Walterboro City Council approved the use of the city’s streets for the parade.
Tailgate party, oyster roast coming in November
The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society is hosting a tailgate party and oyster roast at the city’s historic Bedon-Lucas House and the Little Library Park. The event will be held on Nov. 26th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The mascots Cocky and Tiger from the USC Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers will be on hand. At its recent council meeting, Walterboro City Council approved street closures and use of the park and area for the event.

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