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Town of Swansea holds its May 2018 regular meeting, still no cause for town's monthly water loss

Swansea SC (Gail Fallaw) The Swansea Town Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 14. Mayor Jerald Sanders opened with several announcements. In those, he advised everyone that on May 25, groundbreaking will take place for the Swansea High School Performing Arts Center. The council members were encouraged to attend. Swansea High School’s Baccalaureate Service will be held on May 27, and their 2018 Graduation Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on May 31 at the Colonial Life Arena. Mayor Sanders also advised everyone that a secessionist group recently asked to hold a parade in Swansea. After discussions with the mayor and Police Chief Clif Hayes, the group withdrew their request.

Utility Manager Rick Bryan provided attendees with an update on the town’s water and sewer systems. There were no DHEC violations in April to report. Swansea and the Bull Swamp systems serve 2171 customers. Bryan stated that they are waiting for an answer from the bank about getting the funds necessary for a water main replacement project. He also stated that he and staff continue to look for possible reasons for the town’s loss of between one and two million gallons of water monthly. They have found no leaks that would cause that volume of loss. Bryan said that there may be a leak or leaks where the water is seeping further underground, rather than coming to the surface. He said that they plan to use loaner equipment made available by the Rural Water Association in an attempt to find the cause. Bryan also announced that a lawsuit filed by the town of North against Bull Swamp for terminating their agreement some time ago was recently dismissed. A similar lawsuit filed by North against Swansea for terminating their agreement was dismissed some time ago.

Police Chief Clif Hayes gave the police report and stated that Swansea officers issued 76 tickets and made 17 arrests. Chief Hayes spoke about the importance of securing property as there have been a number of thefts in town.

During open forum, one town resident asked about cables left behind after Pine Tree Cable stopped doing business in the area. Apparently, there are a number of places in town where dead cable and wires are piled near utility poles, creating an eyesore. Mayor Sanders stated that he would look into this situation and report back to everyone else.

Robert White, president of the Gaston Crimewatch group, addressed the group. He advised everyone that Gaston’s next meeting will be held Thursday, May 17 at the Gaston First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. He said that the group has outgrown Gaston’s Collard Kitchen and the Fellowship Hall would be their meeting place going forward. Sugarbaker’s Corner Café in Swansea is providing dinner for attendees at the meeting this week. White invited council members and the Swansea Police Department to attend.

Mayor Sanders closed the meeting. No financial reports were presented or discussed.

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