Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2023
The Little Mountain Town Council met in regular session at the Derrick Community Center on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Present for the meeting were Mayor Jana Jayroe, Council Members Marty Frick, Steve White, Laura McLeod, and David Bowers. Mayor Jayroe called the meeting to order at 6:34 pm and gave the invocation.
The first item of business was to conduct the Oath of Office for newly reelected council members. The Town Clerk administered the oath to Council Member Marty Frick and Council Member Steve White. The Mayor and Council congratulated Frick and White on their reelection.
Minutes of the December 2022 meeting was reviewed. A motion was made by Frick and seconded by McLeod to approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried 5-0.
Council reviewed the financial report for December 2022. A motion to accept the report as information was made by Frick and seconded by Bowers. The motion carried.
In old business:
- The town has been collection survey information for residents via social media and mailers regarding interest in residential trash collection. One hundred surveys were returned. Forty-eight residents indicated no interest and fifty -two responded yes. Mayor Jayroe has confirmed with the county that a tax collection fee would be collected through tax payments. Council took no action at this time.
- The town clerk reported that the sewer connection is still delayed due to weather. Metts has indicated that they are currently three to four weeks behind. He also indicated that they would try to complete the work and not disrupt operations at the center.
- Council Member McLeod reported that the website committee met with potential designers on December 20 and has given the go ahead for a web redesign. As work progresses, McLeod will update the council.
- Council Member Frick reported that no there was no maintenance contract fee for the month of December.
- Council Members Bowers and White have met with the other members of the ballfield committee. White presented a draft Memorandum of Understanding to outline handling of equipment, field maintenance, scheduling, sponsorships, and restrooms. Council reviewed the MOU and agreed to move forward.
- Mayor Jayroe reported that the Newberry County School District has requested to wait on the transfer of the parcels from the town. There was no additional information given however, Jayroe and Council reiterated that need to remove traffic from Reunion Park.
- Council discussed the town facilities cleaning services. After some discussion, council requested that the town clerk contact Well’s Sanitation for a bid.
In new business:
- The Mayor and Council discussed ongoing complaints from residents and the community regarding services at the Little Mountain Post Office. Council Member Frick indicated that numerous people have contacted him with concerns about the lack of essential services such as being able to purchase stamps and about the conduct of one of the postal employees. Council agreed to provide postal service contact information via the town’s website and social media to the public if they have a complaint. A letter will also be drafted from the Mayor and Council and sent to Congressman Jeff Duncan.
- The town clerk updated council on the business license renewal process through the online portal. Many of the town’s license holders have had issues with the renewal process causing a delay in the town receiving revenues. After some discussion, the Mayor and Council agreed to return to the old system for issuing and collecting business licenses for 2023. The business license ordinance will have to be updated to reflect this change.
- A request has been received from the MC BBQ Cookoff Committee to use Reunion Park on March 4, 2023, for their event. Council approved the request.
- Council reviewed the tentative menu for the Governmental Association Meeting on January 30 at the Cotton Press. The meal will be provided by Catch 22 in Chapin. Council approved the menu and expenditure for the meal.
- Council Member Frick has started taking down and storing the Christmas decorations. It is hoped that some of the decorations can be stored in the old Sheriff Substation. Additional work is needed to complete the removal of decorations. White and McLeod indicated that they would be assisting.
- Council discussed the Little Mountain Reunion. Tentatively the dates will be August 4 and 5th. A Reunion Meeting has been scheduled for February 9, 2023.
- Council reviewed a request for reimbursement for Council Member McLeod for $219.65. Council reviewed receipts and approved the reimbursement.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by:
TOLM Town Clerk