Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Kingstree Town Council was presented with a new concept for finding ways to better serve the citizens. Kingstree Town Manager Dan Wells presented his idea for council’s consideration during their January 13, meeting. Council would spend a few months gathering input from citizens through a series of town hall meetings, surveys and other methods. The objective is to provide an opportunity for feedback as to what the community would like to see happen within the city limits. The preliminary plan would have council meet with civic club leaders, the business community and the public. Once completed, the information would come before council to determine whether or not to move forward. If approved, the town would hire someone to facilitate a retreat or goal setting meeting. The meeting would take place locally. Councilman Allen Smith found the idea appealing. “I think it’s an excellent initiative and I think it would create a lot of interest,” said Smith. “I feel certain that we have some folks in each of our districts that have some ideas that will help us to continue to move forward.” In other business, council motioned to elect Monica Murdaugh as Mayor Pro Tempore. The vote was 4-2 with Luester McCullough and Darren Tisdale voting against the nomination. Murdaugh is serving a second term as well as Mayor Pro Tempore. Council motioned to extend Well’s contract an additional year to March, 2017. Council voted 4-2, with McCullough and Tisdale voting against the motion. Council also approved nominations to various committees. John Floyd will sit on the Planning Commission. Floyd is a former Kingstree Town Councilmember. Two members whose posts are up were re-appointed. Brandy Davis and Monica Blunt were nominated to the Board of Zoning Appeals and Keith Fulton was nominated to the Architectural Review Board. The nomination of Deloris Childs was approved for the Housing Authority Board; however, a second seat remains vacant.