Hank Amundson named new assistant city manager | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 13, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: April 12, 2017 at 11:14 am

Hank Amundson of Walterboro was introduced as the city’s new assistant manager at the April 4 Walterboro City Council meeting.
Amundson served as the city’s economic development director from 2009-2012 and has since worked for the Lowcountry Council of Governments, most recently as aging director. He and his wife, Ashley, who is Colleton County probate judge, live in Walterboro.
“Hank is a very talented individual who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.  We’re looking forward to him joining the city’s senior management team,” said City Manager Jeff Molinari.
In other business:
 Council approved the annexation of an undeveloped four-acre tract of land near Walmart (TMS#146-00-00-158) into the city. The Planning Commission held a public hearing at its March meeting and voted unanimously to recommend the annexation.
 An ordinance concerning the city’s electronic message boards and way-finding (directing travelers to points of interest) signs was given first reading. The maximum area, height and number of signs would be removed and signs could be located in the right-of-way.
 Approval was given to submit a grant for $200,000 to the S.C. Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for the development of the Walterboro Wildlife Discovery Center. If approved, the grant will be matched by the city from accommodations tax funds.
 Council agreed to pay Carroll Enterprises, LLC, $203,769.93 for the emergency repair of the 10-inch water main required by DHEC serving Ruffin. The line on Bells Highway at Jones Swamp, which also provides city fire protection west of I-95, ruptured on Feb. 11. Repairs were complicated by the fact that the line was 15-20 feet below the swamp, Molinari said. Carroll Enterprises was chosen because of their ability to mobilize quickly and immediate access to construction material, said Molinari.
 IP Builders was awarded a bid to repair the downtown waterfall plaza. The work will include demolition and replacement of existing lattice and beams, painting the new lattice and new LED lights on the brick wall across from the lattice. IP Builders was the low bidder.
 A request to install a 20×10-foot red rocking chair at the Detreville Street entrance to the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary was approved. The chair will be a project of the Leadership Colleton class of 2016 and will be constructed by students at Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center. “It is our hope that tourists will stop and have their photo made with the chair,” said City Tourism Director Michelle Strickland, a member of the 2016 class. “It will not only further promote Walterboro’s red rocking chair brand but it will beautiful the park and serve as a tourist attraction to draw more visitors into the sanctuary.”
 A request to close additional streets for the Rice Festival was approved. Washington Street from Dowling Avenue to Woodlawn Street and Ireland Creek Drive from the corner at Dowling Avenue to Washington Street and Ivanhoe Drive from the cinema to the four-way stop will close from 2 p.m. Friday for the fireworks show, due to a request from the fire marshall.
 A request to use the downtown plaza and close Washington Street for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29 from 8 a.m.-noon was approved.
 Council discussed, then approved, closing the downtown area for the Lowcountry Racing Team Championships on June 17. Council members Jimmy Syfrett and Bobby Bonds expressed concern over the effect closing Washington Street all day on a Saturday would have on downtown merchants. Mayor Bill Young pointed out that June is traditionally a slow time and the influx of 300-400 bicyclists and their families could increase foot traffic and, hopefully, business traffic. Tourism Director Michelle Strickland said that the cycling group was flexible in their required street closing hours.
 Council took no action in executive session on legal advice on the wastewater treatment plant upgrades and I-95 Business Loop Project Phases 1C/1D; the potential acquisition of property or the city manager’s contract.

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