DENMARK CITY COUNCIL: DO Lady Vikings honored | Government and politics

RON BAXLEY JR. T&D correspondent

DENMARK – The Lady Vikings, Denmark-Olar High School women’s basketball team and coach Terence Jones were recognized for their participation in the Class A State Championship game, with a plaque from Mayor Gerald Wright and of the Danish city council at the ordinary meeting of the city council on Monday evening.

Playing in their first-ever Class A state championship game, the Lady Vikings struggled to score or hold the basketball, falling to Military Magnet 35-20. Their remarkable achievement of going this far and playing the game was honored by the city of Denmark at the reunion. The boys’ team was also rewarded.

Councilor Bervay Carter requested that the agenda for the evening be amended to include recognition of high school basketball teams. Plans by Wright and the council had been drawn up for recognition prior to the amendment. Plaques highlighting the recognition were presented to both teams.

The Board met in executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss a possible contract with S&S Disposal for garbage collection. The city in Denmark currently operates its own garbage collection.

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Upon returning to open session, Wright asked if any action needed to be taken at this time and suggested they look into the S&S Disposal contract.

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“We (suggest) that we make changes to the way we operate,” Wright said.

Wright added: “We can call a special meeting for a few minutes (another day). But I’m open to the board making a decision now.

City administrator Heyward Robinson said if the city of Denmark signs the contract, “you’re bankrupt”. He said the city’s trash cans would be crushed and the city’s garbage trucks would be sold if they accepted the contract.

Robinson said there could also be an increase in garbage collection fees.

Councilor Rosa James said the possible increase would affect citizens.

Wright said, “Any time you have a cost increase across the board, people are going to be disappointed.”

He again suggested that they have another meeting to discuss the contract.

“We need to spend a little more time reading this. We also need council members Love and Bookard to be involved,” Wright said. No member of council was present Monday evening.

James asked for a provisional price for all the services of S&S Disposal for this future meeting.

No decisions or motions were made regarding the potential contract with S&S Disposal following the return to open session and further discussion of the potential contract and its acceptance was tabled for a future meeting.

Police Chief Leroy Grimes, in an ordinary session, said there were fewer cases at Denmark’s police department this month: 18, including: common assault; aggravated assault; flight; burglary; property vandalism; trespassing on real estate; run away; disorderly conduct; driving under suspension; traffic collision and more.

James noted that the number of cases has gone down.

Grimes said City Judge James Spellman will hold court Monday, March 28 at 10 a.m.

He added that there will be a jury trial on Tuesday, March 29, but gave no further details.

• Voorhees College’s name will be officially changed to Voorhees University at the Founder’s Day Convocation on Thursday, April 7 at the Leonard E. Dawson Center at 10 a.m. The college also celebrates its 125th anniversary in April. Many activities take place during Founders Week, and a full list of these can be obtained from the college. For example, a Homecoming Spring Fest parade will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in the city of Denmark, from downtown to the Voorhees campus. Some weekday activities will require tickets. For more information, see http://www.voorhees.edu/inaugurationweek .

• Robinson, in his report, said he met with Colton Cauthen of Hanna Engineering, to discuss the new well for Denmark, that 10 leaks were reported during the month and material prices rising with inflation were taken in consideration with the plans being drawn up for the redevelopment of the old town hall for the new building of the gendarmerie. Robinson congratulated Clerk Tammy Brown on her election to the South Carolina Utility Billing Association Board of Directors during the meeting. Robinson said: ‘It reflects his professionalism and the trust his peers place in him, as well as a reflection on…Denmark and our utility service.’

• City accountant Rusty Munoz presented his report at Monday’s meeting and said revenue appears to be higher than it actually is due to receipt of American Rescue Act funding . The spending plan for this funding was discussed in a previous article by The T&D. Munoz said they are where they should be with municipal funds, but are a bit behind when it comes to water funds.

• Councilman Calvin Odom presented the report of his parks and recreation committee and said that around the beginning of April they would be re-soiling flowerbeds and gardens in city parks.

• Wright asked that council and citizens be “conscious of the cleanliness of the city”. He mentioned Voorhees Road and how well traveled it is as well as Church Street. He said they are finding ways to better patrol that area for litter violations and make it look better. The mayor has also called in past meetings for groups of citizens, schools and churches to come together to clean up litter in these areas. Odom also said at the Monday evening meeting that churches and various committees should discuss the issue of litter and cleanup.

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• Wright mentioned that a cleanup is currently needed in Denmark, but there is also a county-wide cleanup taking place towards the end of April. Bamberg County, through Keep Bamberg County Beautiful, is hosting two days of Trash Cleanup in honor of the Great American Cleanup, April 22-23, taking place in approximately 20,000 communities nationwide . Denmark’s Town Hall will be used as a distribution site for cleaning materials. To register your group, go to http://www.bambergcounty.sc.gov/sign-up-to-volunteer . For more information, call 803-747-9466 or email [email protected]

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