Town of Little Mountain
September 2022 – Meeting Minutes
The Little Mountain Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Present for the meeting was Mayor Jana Jayroe, Council Members Steve White, Marty Frick, Laura McLeod, and David Bowers.
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by Mayor Jayroe. Mayor Jayroe welcomed all to the meeting. The invocation was given by Council Member White.
Council reviewed the meeting minutes of the August 2022 meeting. A motion was made by White and seconded by Bowers to approve the minutes with a typographical error correction. The motion carried 5-0.
The financial report for August 2022 was reviewed. McLeod motioned to accept the report as information. The motion was seconded by Bowers, and the motion carried.
Council welcomed Newberry County Administrator, Christopher Inglese, to the meeting. Mr. Inglese has been in his position for eight (8) months and will be attending the Economic Strategic Planning Meeting to be held in Little Mountain on September 14. Mr. Inglese encouraged public comment at the meeting.
Council welcomed Alex and Lee Attaway to the meeting. Alex currently operates a farm stand on Highway 202 which is not with the town limits. Alex would like to place a greenhouse at his home, which is in the town limits. Attaway explained that the greenhouse would be open on Fridays and Saturday and would be used for retail sells. The current zoning for that location is R-45 which would prohibit the commercial use of the greenhouse. Mayor Jayroe asked about the feasibility of moving plants from the greenhouse to the plant stand. Alex Attaway commented that the tasks of moving plants back and forth would not be beneficial. Mayor Jayroe commented that zoning is in place to keep compatible areas together and what while council was in favor of the project, it would set up a chain of events. Council Members McLeod, Bowers, Frick, and White all commented that they would be interested in looking at special exceptions to find a solution if possible. Mayor Jayroe commented that she would reach out to the county zoning official for guidance. Council stated that they would have additional information for Attaway at the October meeting.
In other business and updates, the following was discussed:
- County Transportation Committee – Council Member White has sent updated maps to SCDOT for approval. Council also listed the following roads for repair and or paving, North Boundary Street, Ponderosa and Ranch Drive and the Derrick Heli Pad. It was noted that the Smart Ride Parking area also needs to be paved. Council discussed sidewalk improvements for Pomaria Street and Mountain Street to Rocky Branch. Drainage issues on the town’s streets also need to be addressed. Mr. Inglese commented that he would check with county officials to see what could be done to address some of the drainage issues.
- Mayor Jayroe commented on the rental of the Section House. The space will be used for offices. There will be little to no client traffic at the location. There are some boards that need to be replaced on the steps and ramp. The Town Clerk will follow up with maintenance for these repairs.
- The town and reunion websites need a redesign. Council and Reunion Committee members are thinking through the changes that need to be made. McLeod will reach out to some vendors to see what options are available.
- Plans for the Christmas season are underway. Nannette White is working with the Senior Center to potentially assist with making wreaths. The town clerk has contacted Tyler Bowers regarding the trimming of the tree at the town center. Maintenance will be contacted about addressing the electrical needs at Brady Park and Main Street.
- Mayor Jayroe discussed the school traffic situation. She has been in contact with the school district for some time to address the traffic flowing through Reunion Park. This continues to be an issue with the road and storm drains being knocked off the foundation, etc. There is discussion with the school district to move the traffic to the lots owned by the town on South Boundary Street. After some discussion, a motion was made by Frick and seconded by White to move forward. The motion carried 5-0.
- Mayor Jayroe stated that the request for rezoning by the Quinn’s has been put on hold.
- Mayor Jayroe discussed the use of the American Rescue Plan funds. She is following up the officials as well.
- Mayor Jayroe questioned Council on the interest of presuming health insurance benefits for council members. Members commented that currently there was no interest in moving forward.
- Mayor Jayroe plans to contact Central Midlands about an update to the town’s zoning ordinance.
A motion was made by White and seconded by Frick to enter executive session to discuss a personnel and contract issue. The executive session started at 7:57 pm. At 8:15 pm, a motion was made by Frick and seconded by White to end the executive session. A motion was made by Bowers and seconded by McLeod to request bids for cleaning services for town facilities. The motion carried 5-0.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by