Newberry City Council Appoints Two to CPST Commission


NEWBERRY – As part of the actions taken after the executive session, Newberry City Council has appointed Alison Johnson and Cornelius Cromer to the Investment Projects Sales Tax Commission (CPST).

The Town of Newberry is required to appoint two members to the county commission to determine the use of CPST funding.

In another action at the October 12 meeting, the board presented a recap of a successful Oktoberfest that took place on Saturday, October 2. Early estimates made by Scott Sawyer, director of parks, recreation and tourism, said there were probably around 20,000 attendees at one event. On October 1, 2022, it will be Oktoberfest next year.

Sawyer also informed council of a grant for Wise Street Park Improvements, which was officially awarded in the amount of $ 350,000 from the SCPRT. The city will match the grant with $ 175,000 and federal money of $ 175,000. He also reported that updates to the work at Wells Park are underway and that the park’s pond could be finished by the end of October once a pump is installed and running.

Sawyer also updated the air conditioning tip at the Willowbrook Park Boy Scout Cabin. He reported that the city was purchasing a window unit and that an indoor unit donated by a community member needed parts to be repaired.

A public hearing was held at the meeting for the rezoning of 456 Hillbrook Ln (TMS # 398-3-1) or the corner of 219 Main Street and Hillbrook Lane. Albert Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church, 1020 Boundary Street, spoke in favor of the zoning change because it is land the church will use for a new location.

Allen said the First Baptist Church has stood in its current location at the corner of Boundary and Caldwell Streets for 190 years, but needs to expand.

“Our church has a signed contract and has church approval, and our last hurdle in getting there is that the board would approve this ordinance to allow us to acquire this property with the kind of zoning classification that will allow us to. build a spacious, welcoming church campus, ”Allen said.

Following the hearing, council passed second and final reading to unanimously approve Zoning Order 2021-1016. Councilor Jackie Holmes introduced the motion, seconded by Councilor Carlton Kinard.

The zoning change changes ownership from OS (Open Space) to General Commercial.

In new business, the board approved a request to allow alcohol in a designated event area for the Newberry Opera House Guild’s Oyster Roast on Nov. 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beer and wine will be served in plastic cups in the Opera House courtyard as well as part of McKibben’s Boyce Street in Harrington Streets during this event to guests 21 and over. Councilor Edwin Wicker proposed to vote, and Holmes seconded. The request was adopted unanimously.

Jack Shields, President of the Newberry Opera House Foundation, presented to the board and celebrated a successful outdoor concert that took place in June. Shields mentioned that the area where the concert took place could be considered by the Opera House Foundation as a potential site for an amphitheater for the community. He went on to say that the amphitheater is probably a proposal from the CPST that the Opera will submit to the CPST Commission. The green space (called “The Lawn” by the Opera House) is bounded by McKibben, Tench, Caldwell and Hatton streets. Shields reported that Lexington and Traveler’s Rest have built amphitheatres that have improved the quality of life in these cities with the additional park and event space. Outdoor spaces have become a popular commodity during the COVID pandemic.

Council briefly discussed potential plans for the city’s CPST, noting improvements to the recreation complex on the Glenn Street extension and a replacement of the Drayton Street bridge. Mayor Foster Senn reported Union owns miracle land that could be a nice addition to the recreation complex and said council will be making a field trip on Oct. 18 to see the land in person. According to a miracle field is a custom-designed venue that incorporates cushioned synthetic turf that accommodates wheelchairs and other walking aids while helping prevent injury. In other words, it provides a level playing field where children with physical and mental disabilities can hit, run and catch like any other baseball field.

In other CPST cases, Senn said that on November 2 at 5 p.m., council will meet at the recreation complex to discuss and research potential projects and additions to the park. He said Sawyer and City Manager Matt Dewitt should research water feature expansions and improvements as something to eventually add to CPST’s proposals for the park.

The deadline for CPST proposals is the end of March 2022.

New business has been concluded with the review and approval of the outdoor water application at 299 Pender Ridge Road. An extension fee of $ 447 and a listening fee of $ 1,400 are required for the service. The action was moved by Councilor Lemont Glasgow and seconded by Councilor David Dubose and the vote was carried unanimously.

Andy Husk is the editor of The Newberry Observer, contact him at 803-768-3117.

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