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Town of Gaston holds regular June meeting

Gaston SC (Gail Fallaw) – The Gaston Town Council held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The meeting took place at 7 pm in the Gaston Municipal Courtroom located in the Gaston Police Department building. Mayor Troy Bivens did not attend, so Mayor Pro Tem Mike Cook led the meeting. He stated that discussions about zoning ordinances would be tabled until Mayor Bivens returns.

Following an opening prayer led by Council Jimmy Cox and the pledge of allegiance to the flag, Jennifer Hoyt read the minutes from the May meeting. During May’s meeting, the mayor and council members reviewed bids they had received for the town’s lawn maintenance contract. They agreed then that some clarification was needed from the three lowest bidders and that the bid should go to the company with the lowest bid. After some follow-up with those companies, the contract was awarded to Superior Lawn and Yard Maintenance LLC, based in Prosperity, SC. Their contract period begins in July of this year. No amendments to May’s minutes were requested and the minutes were approved by council.

Gaston Police Chief Shawn Mohundro addressed the group next. He stated that there were 277 public contacts and 293 calls for service during the month of May. Sixteen arrest warrants were issued, five stolen vehicles were recovered, and there were four police pursuits. All four of those pursuits involved stolen vehicles.

Scott Whittle was then introduced as Gaston’s new municipal court judge. He has 22+ years of experience as a magistrate in Lexington County and looks forward to service the town of Gaston. He replaces Judge Bill Cade, who is retiring.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Cook advised council members that bids to repair windows in the Gaston Town Hall are still coming in and they will be reviewed at next month’s regular meeting.

Financials were presented. The town (including court and police departments) is under budget overall by $12,129.

Council Member Carol McCombs stated that it is her understanding that ground has been broken for a fire station on Highway 321 across the road from the old solid waste site. She also stated that the Collard Festival Committee needs to get together after the 2018/19 budget is approved. Council Member Kay Rikard said a citizen had expressed concern about people speeding on Hwy. 321 in front of the US Post Office. Chief Mohundro said they patrol that area frequently but will keep an eye out.

Council Member Jimmy Cox advised that he touched base with a business owner whose property was overgrown and had cars scattered around. They have since cut the grass around the cars. The area looks better but still needs some work.

Council members briefly discussed repair of a hole in the floor of the caboose in the park. The doors to the caboose are welded shut, so they will need to get inside in order to make the necessary repairs. Mayor Pro Tem Cook indicated that a few people have volunteered to help work on it. The meeting closed at approximately 7:30 pm.

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