Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Town of Kingstree is poised to expand the city's wastewater treatment plant. Council was presented a Letter of Conditions for a USDA Rural Development grant totaling $22,500 during a June 16, meeting. The funds will be used to expand the plant located on Nelson Blvd. The cost of the proposed project is $30,000 and the town will be responsible for the difference. The funds are distributed to towns to use for future programs or projects that fall under rural utilities such as water or as in Kingstree's case, sewer.
In other business, Tim Swicord of the Kingstree Little League Board appealed to council to consider naming a field after the late recreation director. Swicord requested a sign in memory of the late Danny McFaddin. Swicord is hoping the town will replace the current Firestone signage on field #2 with a sign stating the Danny McFaddin Memorial Field.
Swicord also suggested forming a competition league. Little League has developed a competition league that consists of 11 through 13 year olds. The establishment of the league will require extended base paths on one field. Swicord said the league would offer the kids new opportunities. "It would allow these kids the opportunity to learn how to lead off and learn how to pitch with a runner on base thatŐs getting a lead off so they can learn what a baulk is," said Swicord. "So when they get to the next level - B-team at their school or JV at their school they're already prepared." Swicord said he has communicated the idea to recreation director Kelly Alford who was hired earlier this year.
The Pig Pickin' Festival may be expanding.
Local businesswomen Mary Jean Holt and Virginia Jonte presented council with suggestions that will return the festival, or at least a portion of it back to the downtown area. Holt said in response to requests from merchants and citizens to bring at least a little bit of the festival back to the downtown, they created a list of ideas for council to consider.
The festival was once located in the downtown area but due to an expanded venue that features over 60 hog cookers and a carnival, it was moved about half a mile from the city. The move - in effect - drew potential consumers away from the downtown shops. Therefore Holt said she like to see that change. “I was there whenever Old Fashioned days was downtown in the 70s,” said Holt. “That helped us merchants so much and it really was a nice time for us to get some extra income. Now with everything being out where it is, the last couple of years I haven't even opened when there is Pig Pickin' because it just kills our downtown.”
Virginia Jonte added that their goal is to enhance Pig Pickin' not take away from it. Their suggestions understandably centered around the bovine with one event called Pig in the Park. Jonte said merchants could decorate a pig and display it at their business. “Can't you see the Mexican restaurant with a pig with a sombrero or the gym with a sweatband on its head and holdings weights,” said Jonte. “Anyway, it would be really cute and it would be a reason to bring people downtown.” She also suggested a petting zoo in Welch Park, setup all non-profit groups behind the park and move the dance troupes to the Williamsburg County Courthouse steps. “Pigs on Academy Street and pigs - the fruit stand man could have his pig covered in fruit. I mean we could really make this cute.”